Tuition & Financial Aid

How much is application fee?

There is a $30 non-refundable application fee. There are no fee waivers available.

How much is program acceptance fee?

The Program Acceptance Fee is a $200 Non-Refundable Deposit for ALL accepted students to reserve their spot within the program.

How much is tuition?

The 2019 tuition is the same at all four COSMOS sites.

California Residents: Tuition is $3,932. Financial aid is available for CA residents only.

Non-California Residents: Tuition is $6,500. No financial aid is available.

International Students: Tuition is $6,500. No financial aid is available.
TOEFL scores of 550 written, 80 online, or Band Score of 7 for IELTS are required by COSMOS UCSD. Official scores must be submitted with the $30 application fee.

Transportation to and from the UCSD campus is the responsibility of the student and will not be covered or arranged by COSMOS or through financial assistance.

What does the tuition cover?

Tuition covers room and meals in the university residence halls, course and lab materials, field trips and residential activities. Students bring spending money for the weekend field trips, to shop at the campus bookstore or for incidentals and laundry.

Is financial assistance available?

Financial assistance (full and partial) may be available for California residents based on verification of financial need. The program cost per student is approximately $6,500. California students are subsidized by the State of California for $2,570. Approximately 18% of students who attend the program receive financial aid. To confirm eligibility for financial aid, students must apply during the application process.

Who is eligible for financial assistance?

Families who verify financial need based on income will be considered. For consideration, families will need to mail (do not email) a copy of the following items by the postmark deadline of the application period, February 1, 2019 5pm PST.

  • The first page of the current year's income tax return showing the number of dependents and adjusted gross income. Black out all social security numbers for your security. If 2018 taxes are not completed yet, send a copy of the 2017 tax page. Final aid determinations can only be made when the 2018 tax information is received.
  • Other income documentation such as a TANF letter
  • A brief paragraph describing other contributing circumstances to qualify for aid. Supporting dependents in college will not be considered in determining aid eligibility.
  • COSMOS is NOT accepting free/reduced lunch letters this year for demonstrated financial need.