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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

MM students pay UC tuition and fees plus "professional degree supplemental tuition" (PDST), a standard type of fee for professional programs.  For the MM program, estimated total tuition and fees for AY 2023-24 are $46,425.11 (CA resident) and $61,527.11 (non-resident), including PDST of $25,000. PDST supports specialized educational offerings - including all course materials, program-related travel, and placement in a summer internship - and specialized student services - including tailored, high quality career placement, student cohort development, and high-impact professional and networking services.

MM Tuition and Fees (AY 2023-24)*
  Totals Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024*
PDST (Professional Program) 25,000.00 12,500.00 12,500.00 0
Resident Tuition* 15,474.00 6,132.00 6,132.00 3,210.00
Student Services* 1,206.00 603.00 603.00 0
GSHIP (Health Insurance)** 3,880.11 1,616.70 2,263.41 0
Campus Fees 865.00 358.50 358.50 148.00
Resident Total: 46,425.11 21,210.20 21,856.91 3,358.00
Non-Resident Tuition   7,551.00 7,551.00 0
Non-Resident Total: 61,527.11 28,761.20 29,407.91 3,358.00

*Summer session fees are tentative, pending UC Regents approval (AY 2022-23 fees shown).

Financial Aid

Per Regent’s policy, at least one-third of PDST revenues are returned to financial aid for stunets in the program. We disperse this aid strategically to ensure that qualified students admitted to the program have the greatest possible chance of attending. Our intention is that no qualified student will be unable to pursue a MM degree because of financial need. Program faculty and staff will work with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to award fellowships to meet student needs, leveraging program revenues, student loans, and other sources of student funding. If student need exceeds available funds, program faculty and staff work with the Graduate Division and industry sponsors to raise additional fellowship support.

Domestic students who want to be considered for financial aid, must complete a FAFSA or California Dream Act application and verify that is has been received by our Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

International students are not eligible for state-based financial aid. 


Tuition and fee totals do not include living expenses - annual estimates for Merced, CA, are $9,746 for housing/meals and $1,406 for transportation.

Tuition and fee amounts represent currently approved or proposed amounts and may not be final.  Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate.  Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented.

Some or all instruction for all or part of the 2022-23 Academic Year may be delivered remotely depending on public health conditions.  Tuition and fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year. 

Student Health Insurance - As a non-academic condition of enrollment, all students must purchase Student Health Insurance (SHIP) or request a waiver of this fee. The fall SHIP provides coverage from August through December; the spring SHIP provides coverage from January through mid-August. Students who wish to cover spouses, domestic partners or children should contact Health Services at for rates.