Fees & Tuition

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Fees and Tuition

For the most recent tuition and fee amounts, please visit the Budget & Institutional Analysis website.

International Student Administrative Fee

Entering and continuing undergraduate international students must pay an additional administrative fee. The annual fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is $306 ($102 paid per quarter) and will increase in steps to $348 by 2020-2021.

This fee helps support a variety of services provided to our international students, including student visa assistance, international student advising, programs to help integrate international students into academic life at UC Davis, and funding to comply with federally mandated regulations. The fee increase is designed to cover the costs of those expanding and increasingly complex government regulations and reporting requirements as well as to reduce advisor-to-international student ratios and to better serve the international student community.

For international graduate students, the fee will remain $159 to be paid when:

  • Beginning a new program, or
  • Change a degree level (example, Master's to Ph.D.), or
  • Obtaining an I-20 or DS-2019 with a new SEVIS ID number

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will the change be effective?
  • The fee change was effective as of the 2017-18 academic year. The annual fee will be $258, and students will pay $86 each quarter beginning in fall 2018.
  • Which students will have to pay the annual fee?
  • The fee is to be paid by entering and continuing international undergraduates in F-1 or J-1 visa status. The fee does not apply to UC Education Abroad students and students with I-20 or DS-2019 forms not prepared by Services for International Students and Scholars (such as those sponsored by Fulbright or Vietnam Education Fund).

    For international graduate students, the fee will remain $159 to be paid only by students beginning a new program, or change a degree level (example, Master's to Ph.D.), or obtaining an I-20 or DS-2019 with a new SEVIS ID number.

  • Why are graduate students not subject to the revised fee?
  • At this stage, graduate students will not be subject to this revised fee schedule as the process of assessing fees for graduate students have implications on existing research funding and graduate teaching and research appointments, which require more intricate implementation procedures.
  • What services are provided through the fee?
  • The fee helps support the range of services that Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS), a unit of Global Affairs, provides to more than 6,000 students from more than 100 countries. SISS works with each admitted student to prepare documentation for application for a U.S. student visa. The unit also provides pre-arrival guidance and ongoing advising throughout a student’s matriculation at UC Davis to ensure students meet all the requirements to enter the U.S. and maintain lawful immigration status.  

    Specific services include:

    Visa & Entry into the United States- Staff works with each admitted international student to process their (F-1 or J-1) entry forms necessary to apply for a US student visa

     Pre-arrival guidance and on-going advising- SISS works with students to ensure that they meet all the requirements to enter the U.S. and maintain lawful immigration status while they are in the U.S.  SISS staff are available for both drop-in and appointments for one-on-one assistance.

    Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)- In order for UC Davis to enroll international students, SISS is required by Federal law to create and maintain a SEVIS record for all F-1 and J-1 students and their accompanying family members.  Maintaining up-to-date and accurate information in SEVIS is necessary for students to sustain their legal presence in the U.S.  The I-20 and DS-2019 forms provided for students by SISS are created through the SEVIS database.

    Mandatory Orientations- SISS provides several orientations where international students will learn about maintaining immigration status, student employment options, the educational and cultural environment at UC Davis and the City of Davis, and the services SISS provides to international students.

    Summer Session Processing- SISS processes and assists international students (beyond admitted students) interested in taking UC Davis Summer Session courses.

    Through orientation sessions, optional courses, and other programs and services, SISS helps international students understand, acclimate, and adapt to their new home away from home, prepare for success and become part of the community.  Specific programs offered by SISS include:

    Global Ambassador Program- Helps international students feel comfortable at UC Davis and learn more about US culture. Global Ambassadors, act as mentors and, most importantly as friends to help new international students excel in their new lives as UC Davis students.

    International CommUNITY Retreat- A cross-cultural and empowering weekend retreat that hosts a variety of workshops, recreational, and community-building activities. Also provides academic resources and peer support.

    International Graduation Reception- Celebratory event to acknowledge the accomplishments of UC Davis international students and of the faculty and staff that support them in achieving their goals.

    EDU 98 & EDU 198- Foundations for University Success for International Students- Optional three-part series offered by School of Education and co-sponsored by SISS for undergraduate international freshman and transfer students.

    Housing- Provide on-campus and off-campus housing resources and advice.

    International Café- SISS and the Cross Cultural Center collaborate to host two or more International Cafés each quarter.

    International Friendship Program- In collaboration with International House Davis, this program links international visitors, students and scholars with local hosts. It’s a great way to make a new friend, learn about another culture, and engage with Davis’ diverse international community.

    The unit continues to provide services for one year after degree completion for students on Optional Practical Training (OPT), which is temporary employment directly related to an F-1 students’ major area of study. For students in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, this OPT period of support can last up to three years after degree completion. Federal regulation requires that — during this entire time — SISS continues to provide these services as well as timely reporting on a growing amount of personal information.  SISS provides similar services after degree completion to J-1 students on Academic Training.

  • Why is the fee increasing?
  • This fee has not changed since 2009, while programs, costs, and reporting requirements have increased.  UC Davis is increasing the fee to better serve students. It plans to hire additional staff to improve its student to advisor ratio to enable more responsive support and offer more extensive services and programs to international students.

    With the recent substantial increase in the number of undergraduate international students, SISS has a ratio of 1,200 students to one advisor and wants to move toward the best practices benchmark of 600 students to one advisor. It also wants to reduce the wait times for routine services that can be attributed in part to the time staff members spend on expanded, mandatory federal reporting requirements.
  • How will the fee be increased?
  • For 2018-19, the annual fee will be $258, with $86 to be paid each quarter beginning in fall 2018. In subsequent years, the fee will increase according to the following table:
    Fee Increases by Academic Year  2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
    Annual Fee  $258 $306 $348
    Quarterly Fee $86 $102 $116
  • What will happen after 2020-2021?
  • Any future increases will be based on a reassessment of program costs, services, reporting requirements, and/or visa requirements. Approval of any future increase will follow UC and campus fee policies and processes.
  • What is the refund policy?
  • There are no refunds beyond the first day of the term (quarter or semester, depending on the student’s program).  For students who paid the ISAF and subsequently withdraw, are dismissed, PELP, or take a leave of absence with official approval before the start of the term, the student may request a full refund.  Refunds will only be granted if the request is submitted prior to the first day of the term.  Requests should be sent to siss@ucdavis.edu.