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Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance

UCSF School of Dentistry is committed to helping our admitted students pursue their education in the dental profession.  We offer a wide range of financial assistance including scholarships, grants and loans (federal and private). 

Cost of Attendance:

For a complete outline and explanation of our total cost of attendance, please visit our financial aid website:  The cost of attendance includes tuition and fees, student kit costs, books/supplies and cost of living.

Fees are assessed at the beginning of each quarter in session.


UCSF has specific requirements for California residents to qualify for resident fees.  Non-residents pay additional non-resident supplemental tuition ($12,245 in 2016).  For more information on how you can qualify as a California resident, please visit our registrar’s office:

WICHE - Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

The School of Dentistry participates in a program provided for dental students who reside in Western states where there are no dental schools in operation. Under this program, provided by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE), prospective dental students may apply to participating professional schools in other Western states. They also apply, through WICHE, for financial assistance from their own states. 

Financial Assistance:

We administer several financial aid programs offering loans, scholarships, grants, and work-study.

There are two types of assistance:

1. School of Dentistry scholarships are awarded each year during the admissions process.  Criteria for these awards and scholarships widely vary and new scholarships are established each year. All admitted and enrolled dental students are considered for scholarships by the School's Scholarship Committee

2. Need-based grants are awarded to those students who demonstrate need. Eligibility for need-based financial aid programs available through the University of California is based upon the principle that financial responsibility for attaining educational goals rests with the student and his or her family. Therefore, all student resources and assets will be considered sources of income in meeting educational costs.

Because of the high cost of a health professional education, UCSF generally requires parental financial information. The parents’ financial situation does not affect eligibility for financial aid but helps determine the type and amount of aid offered.

Newly admitted students should apply as soon as they have been provisionally accepted for admission at:

By completing the UCSF financial aid application packet, students are automatically considered for all the programs administered by UCSF Student Financial Aid.

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students:

These scholarships are available in limited numbers for medical, dental, or pharmacy students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students who apply for Health and Human Services funds are automatically screened for these scholarships.

For more information, please contact UCSF Student Financial Aid.

UCSF Student Financial Aid
500 Parnassus Ave., Room 201 West
San Francisco, CA 94143-0246

Note: All fees are subject to change.