Remote Program Cost

For the 2020-2021 academic year (Fall, Winter, or Spring) remote programs, univeristy tuition fees are the same as a regular quarter on campus. Since you are considered a UCSD student during your participation, financial aid will still apply. All accepted participants' names are submitted to the Financial Aid Office. Students can meet with the Financial Aid Office for additional information. 

Residential Program Cost (suspended Fall 2020-Spring 2021)

Tuition and registration fees are the same as for a quarter on campus, but the cost of living in Washington,DC may be higher. All apartments at the UC Washington Center come with fully equipped kitchens, and students are responsible for all meal and food costs. Students are also responsible for round trip airfare, local transportation costs, sightseeing activities, books, professional clothing, and other personal expenses. Please refer to the UCDC Estimated Budget for a breakdown of expenses.

Estimated Fall 2020 Budget

Fall 2020 Estimated BudgetRegistration fees are estimates for 2019-2020 and are subject to change. Fees listed are for CA Residents.

For planning purposes, the Tuition and Student Services Fee level shown are for 2019-20. 
Levels for 2020-21 have not yet been determined by the Regents.
* Fees listed are the UC system-wide fee estimates and may not include campus-based fees.
* International students should consult student business services for more information.
* For specific info on financial aid, students should contact the UCSD Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid

Since you are considered a UCSD student during your time away, financial aid will apply to your quarter in DC. All accepted participants' names, along with the estimated budget, are submitted to the Financial Aid Office. Students can meet with the Financial Aid Office to discuss adjustment of their awards due to differences in living expenses.

Housing Cost 

All students who have been accepted to particiapte in the UC Washington Program (UCDC) must reside in and pay the housing fee. The UC Washington Center provides all the necessisties for living in Washington, DC for a quarter including furnished room, fully-equipped kitchen, and other accommodations. For more information, please visit the UC Washington Center Residential Life page.


For the academic year (Fall, Winter, or Spring) program, univeristy tuition fees are the same as a regular quarter on campus. For the summer term, please make an appointment to meet with the UCDC Coordinator, Jennifer Homrich, to review your summer enrollment options.


Airfare can vary widely. Be sure to purchase your tickets as early as possible.

Local Transportation

More than likely you will be using the metro to reach your internship site. Expect to spend around $50 bi-weekly for the metro just for getting to and from your internship site using hte metro. In addition, consider additional costs for speical trips you may take while in DC (taxi, bus, etc). 


Undergraduate Scholarship for Academic Internship Participants in Arts and Humanities

Undergraduate students with majors or minors in the Arts & Humanities who have secured an unpaid academic internship through the UC San Diego Academic Internship Program.

Science Policy Fellowship (Available every quarter)

Science, Engineering, and Mathematics majors are encouraged to apply to the Science Policy Internship Program to experience how scientists and engineers play in an important role in national policymaking, government regulation, and other activities at the interface of science and public policy. 

Political Science Majors

There are multiple political science scholarships available each quarter funded by UCSD alumni and friends to help defray costs of attending UCDC. These awards are made based on financial need and overall academic performance. These scholarships are available on a rolling basis as long as donations remain available.