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Is UC Santa Cruz a Good School for the Money?

Below Average National Value
Unknown In-State Value
$206,290 Avg Total Cost

University of California - Santa Cruz Value Report

College Factual's Best for the Money Rankings compare the quality of an UC Santa Cruz degree with its cost to determine if the school is asking a fair price. Read the UC Santa Cruz annual value report below.

Below Average Value Nationwide

Below Average National Value
Top 10% National Quality
Expensive Price

University of California - Santa Cruz is ranked #2,020 out of 2,223 for value nationwide.

Based on our analysis of other colleges at similar price points, we believe University of California - Santa Cruz is overpriced for the quality education it provides. (This takes into account average financial aid and may not apply to you if you have further scholarships, grant or aid provided to you.)

National Value Ranking  2020 out of 2223
Great Value
National Value Score  9.86 out of 100
Great Value

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*Total price is determined by multiplying average annual cost by time to graduate.

That Degree May Cost You $206,290 in Total

The average UC Santa Cruz student's degree will cost an estimated $206,290. This is based on an average price (with and without aid) of $47,423 and a typical 4.35 years to graduate.

Average Yearly Cost$47,423
Average Years to Graduate4.35
Estimated Avg Total Cost of Degree$206,290

Many Factors Affect Net Price

Depending on your personal circumstances, your net price may be well below the average UC Santa Cruz net price, which could make this school a better value. You may quality for more financial aid, or be able to complete your degree faster than average. Get more details on UC Santa Cruz cost.

Does This School Make Financial Sense To You?

$92,072 In-State With Aid
$258,668 Avg Cost No Aid
4.35 Years to Graduate

The net price YOU pay may be very different than the typical net price.

Look at the table below to get a sense of how UC Santa Cruz value for your educational dollar might vary.

Nationwide Value by Aid GroupAvg Degree CostValue RankValue Grade
Students with no Aid$258,668#0F
All Students$206,290#2,020F
Only Students Receiving Aid$180,495#567B
In-State Value by Aid GroupAvg Degree CostValue RankValue Grade
Students with no Aid$170,246#F
All Students$117,868#F
Only Students Receiving Aid$92,072#F

Note: the Value Grade for in-state students is calculated by looking only at other schools in the state of California.

About 67% of UC Santa Cruz students receive financial aid. Get more details on what UC Santa Cruz financial aid you may qualify for.

How to Finance The Gap

How to Calculate Value

College Factual calculates value by calculating average UC Santa Cruz cost multiplied by time to graduate, and then compares that number to other schools of a similar quality ranking. If the school is priced fairly based on the educational quality it receives a fair ranking. If it is underpriced it receives a good or excellent value.

Read the full Best for the Money Ranking Methodology.


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