There's a lot of star power at UCLA. There are professors like computer science pioneer Leonard Kleinrock, who sent the first message over the internet; Pulitzer Prize-winning geographer Jared Diamond; and astrophysicist Andrea Ghez, who won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2020 for research on black holes.
And then there are the students. The Theater, Film, and Television school is among the best in the country, and scores of former students are working in movies and on television, including Mariska Hargitay and Jack Black. On the sports front, the Bruins have produced a galaxy of stars, including Arthur Ashe, Jackie Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Troy Aikman and several Olympians in track and field.
That said, the university does a fine job of supporting ordinary students as well. Over a quarter of its students come from low-income families, and about 92% graduate in six years — about 14% more than is expected for schools with similar student bodies. Bruins tend to graduate into good jobs, too, with median annual salaries of about $79,800 ten years after they began school.
The university also offers more than 1,000 clubs and organizations, including the Daily Bruin newspaper and Campus Events Commission, which programs free sneak previews of films on campus. Students looking to escape the bubble of Westwood Village are only a short drive away from both Beverly Hills and the beach in Santa Monica.
University of California, Los Angeles tuition and fees
Estimated cost and due date
The average grant aid for undergraduates at University of California-Los Angeles is $19,994. That includes awards from federal, state, local and college programs.
One of the most common sources of aid for college is the federal Pell Grant, which is given to lower-income students. About 28% of students at University of California-Los Angeles receive a Pell Grant. To access Pell Grants and other types of financial aid, you need to fill out the FAFSA.
Exploring financial aid options at University of California, Los Angeles
Scholarships and grants
Nearly every state has a program to help students pay for college. Typically these awards are limited to residents who are attending a college in the state, but it’s worth double checking your home state’s eligibility rules. In California, residents are eligible for the Cal Grant, among other programs.
Colleges typically award two types of financial aid. Need-based aid is dependent on your financial circumstances, while merit-based aid covers all awards that aren’t given out according to financial need. Merit scholarships can be based on academic achievement, artistic talent, leadership qualities and more. At University of California-Los Angeles, 24% of freshmen get a scholarship from the institution, with an average award of $10,828.
University scholarships, aka institutional aid
Don't forget to look for external scholarships as well. Many local organizations offer scholarships to help students with college expenses, and there are some scholarships with year-round deadlines, so you can get money after you’ve enrolled. Read our guide on college grants and scholarships to learn more about different kinds of gift aid.
Federal student loans are the most common type of borrowing for educational expenses. These are loans provided by the government. They have relatively low-interest rates and offer flexible repayment options.
Federal student loans
Private student loans are another option. They are provided by private lenders like banks and credit unions. While they can fill in the gaps not covered by federal loans, they usually have higher interest rates and less flexible repayment options.
Private student loans
If you receive a loan, grant or scholarship, that money typically goes straight to the university. You’ll have to pay the balance that’s left over. Tuition payments can be made online at https://www.ucla.edu/.
How to pay tuition bills at University of California, Los Angeles
The data included in this page contains data published in university sites, government public records, and other vetted sources as of June 23, 2023. Be advised to validate this information with the university registrar or financial office.
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