Alexandrium and Pseudo-nitzchia marine phytoplankton, Monterey Bay. Art: Lucy Conklin

2016-17 tuition and fees

California residents pay $17,750; nonresident students pay $32,852.

For details, see the Registrar's Fees page. The costs include $4,365 for one year of health, dental, and vision coverage. You may waive this coverage if you have insurance elsewhere.

We project 2017-18 costs will be roughly $18,000 for state residents and $33,100 for nonresidents. The campus will announce final costs in August 2017.

State residency requires proof of having lived in California for at least one year prior to enrolling, as well as the intention to make California your home (permanent address, voting and vehicle registration, bank account, tax records). Graduates of California high schools also are eligible for the in-state tuition rate. See the Residency page for information.

The figures do not include living expenses. We advise students to budget at least $2,200 per month for the 9-month academic year (September 15 through June 15) to cover housing, food, transportation, books, supplies, travel to conferences, and other expenses. Rent is the main expense and is highly variable depending on your arrangement.

Two-thirds of our part-time internships during the school year offer a modest salary. Each student can count on one to two such internships, yielding between $2,000 and $5,000, to help offset expenses. Many students also earn money by publishing stories from classes, conferences, or freelance work. All summer internships include a salary; our program does not support unpaid internships after graduation.

It is not feasible for our students to work at a part-time job (other than the internships) or to work as a teaching assistant during the academic year.

We encourage students to seek their own sources of funding. We offer fellowships and scholarships to offset a portion of the costs for most students, listed here.