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University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz

The University of California, Santa Cruz, also known as UC Santa Cruz or UCSC, is a public, collegiate university; one of ten campuses in the University of California. Located 80 miles (130 km) south of San Francisco at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz, the campus lies on 2,001 acres (8.10 km2) of rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay.

Founded in 1965, UC Santa Cruz began as a showcase for progressive, cross-disciplinary undergraduate education, innovative teaching methods and contemporary architecture. Since then, UCSC has evolved into a modern research university with a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs, while retaining its reputation for strong undergraduate support and student political activism. The residential college system, which consists of ten small colleges, is intended to combine the student support of a small college with the resources of a major university.

The university offers 63 undergraduate majors and 35 minors, with graduate programs in 33 fields. [37] Popular undergraduate majors include Art, Business Management Economics, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Psychology. [38] Interdisciplinary programs, such as Feminist Studies, American Studies, Environmental Studies, Digital Arts and New Media, and the unique History of Consciousness Department are also hosted alongside UCSC’s more traditional academic departments.

In an effort to cut $13 million dollars, as required by the University of California office of the President and Board of Regents in a decision to cut 10% from the budget of each campus, UCSC nearly eliminated its longstanding and sometimes controversial undergraduate major Community Studies in 2009. The interdisciplinary major continues to be offered, though cuts to department staff raised concern by students that the curriculum has already been seriously damaged. Community Studies and other majors within the Social Sciences division, including some graduate programs, remain threatened by more cuts expected in the near future.

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University of California, Santa Cruz Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate Student Fees* Annual Fall 2010 Winter 2011 Spring 2011
Student Services Fee 900.00 300.00 300.00 300.00
Educational Fee 9402.00 3134.00 3134.00 3134.00
Campus Programs Fee 6.00 2.00 2.00 2.00
College Student Government Fee 30.00 10.00 10.00 10.00
Student Programs Fee 153.00 51.00 51.00 51.00
Campus Sustainability Program Fee 18.00 6.00 6.00 6.00
Engaging Education Program Fee 12.60 4.20 4.20 4.20
Community and Resource Empowerment Fee 15.00 5.00 5.00 5.00
Student Voice and Empowerment Fee 2.25 0.75 0.75 0.75
Student Media Council Fee 9.60 3.20 3.20 3.20
Theater Arts Fee 6.00 2.00 2.00 2.00
Student Facilities Fee 90.00 30.00 30.00 30.00
Student Life Facilities Fee 90.00 30.00 30.00 30.00
Seismic Safety Fee 120.00 40.00 40.00 40.00
Transportation Fee 334.98 111.66 111.66 111.66
OPERS Fitness Facilities Fee 45.00 15.00 15.00 15.00
Free/Anonymous HIV Testing Fee 2.25 0.75 0.75 0.75
Campuswide Student Government Fee 21.00 7.00 7.00 7.00
Campus Childcare Fee 24.00 8.00 8.00 8.00
Intramural and Sports Club Team
Activities Fee
6.75 2.25 2.25 2.25
Recreation Programs Fee 12.00 4.00 4.00 4.00
Seymour Marine Discovery Center Fee 0.75 0.25 0.25 0.25
Renewable Energy Fee 9.00 3.00 3.00 3.00
Learning Support Services Fee 19.92 6.64 6.64 6.64
Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Team Fee 15.00 5.00 5.00 5.00
Physical Education Program Fee 13.50 4.50 4.50 4.50
Sustaining the Student Media Voice Fee 12.42 4.14 4.14 4.14
Student Health Center Expansion Fee 81.00 27.00 27.00 27.00
*Student Health Center Green Building Fee 5.20 0.00 0.00 5.20
Support GIIP Fee 3.99 1.33 1.33 1.33
Increase Library Hours of Operation Fee 19.50 6.50 6.50 6.50
Sustainable Food, Health, and Wellness Fee 11.25 3.75 3.75 3.75
Sustainability Office Fee 8.25 2.75 2.75 2.75
USHIP Health Insurance (waivable)** 1353.00 451.00 451.00 451.00
Total California Resident 12853.21 4282.67 4282.67 4287.87
Nonresident Tuition Fee 22021.00 7341.00 7340.00 7340.00
Ed Fee Differential 858.00 286.00 286.00 286.00
Total Nonresident 35732.21 11909.67 11908.67 11913.87
*Initial quarter the fee will be charged is dependent upon green certification of the facility. Projecting start in spring 2011.**This fee is waivable if the student already has private insurance. Contact the Health Center for information on waiving this fee.
Graduate Student Fees* Annual Fall
2010
Winter
2011
Spring
2011
Student Services Fee 900.00 300.00 300.00 300.00
Educational Fee 9402.00 3134.00 3134.00 3134.00
Campus Programs Fee 6.00 2.00 2.00 2.00
College Student Government Fee 43.50 14.50 14.50 14.50
Student Programs Fee 153.00 51.00 51.00 51.00
Graduate Student Facilities Fee 96.00 32.00 32.00 32.00
Student Life Facilities Fee 90.00 30.00 30.00 30.00
Seismic Safety Fee 120.00 40.00 40.00 40.00
Transportation Fee 334.98 111.66 111.66 111.66
OPERS Fitness Facilities Fee 45.00 15.00 15.00 15.00
Free/Anonymous HIV Testing Fee 2.25 0.75 0.75 0.75
Campus Childcare Fee 24.00 8.00 8.00 8.00
Intramural and Sports Club Team Activities Fee 6.75 2.25 2.25 2.25
Recreation Programs Fee 12.00 4.00 4.00 4.00
Renewable Energy Fee 9.00 3.00 3.00 3.00
Intercollegiate Athletics Sports
Team Fee
15.00 5.00 5.00 5.00
Physical Education Program Fee 13.50 4.50 4.50 4.50
Student Health Center Expansion Fee 81.00 27.00 27.00 27.00
*Student Health Center Green Building Fee 5.20 0.00 0.00 5.20
Increase Library Hours of Operation 19.50 6.50 6.50 6.50
GSHIP (waivable) 2616.00 872.00 872.00 872.00
Total California Resident 13,994.68 4663.16 4663.16 4668.36
Nonresident Tuition Fee 14694.00 4898.00 4898.00 4898.00
Ed Fee Differential 408.00 136.00 136.00 136.00
Total Nonresident 29096.68 9697.16 9697.16 9702.36
*Initial quarter the fee will be charged is dependent upon green certification of the facility. Projecting start in spring 2011.

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Fee Refund Schedule 2010–11
Percentage Refund Fall 2010 Winter 2011 Spring 2011
100% (00–01 days) until 9/23 until 1/04 until 3/28
90% (02–07 days) 9/24–9/29 1/05–1/10 3/29–4/03
50% (08–18 days) 9/30–10/10 1/11–1/21 4/04–4/14
25% (19–35 days) 10/11–10/27 1/22–2/7 4/15–5/01
0% (36–over) 10/28 and after 2/08 and after 5/02 and after

New Students Who Receive Title IV Federal Financial Assistance and Withdraw During their First Academic Term

Fee Refund Schedule 2010–11
Percentage Refund Fall 2010 Winter 2011 Spring 2011
100% (00–01 days) until 9/23 until 1/04 until 3/28
90% (02–07 days) 9/24–9/29 1/05–1/10 3/29–4/03
80% (08–14 days) 9/30–10/6 1/11–1/17 4/04–4/10
70% (15-21 days) 10/7–10/13 1/18–1/24 4/11–4/17
60% (22–28 days) 10/14–10/20 1/25–1/31 4/18–4/24
50% (29-35 days) 10/21–10/27 2/1–2/7 4/25–5/01
40% (36–42 days) 10/28–11/3 2/8-2/14 5/02-5/8
0% (43–over) 11/4 and after 2/15 and after 5/9 and after

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