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- Total Cost of Attendance – This is a dollar figure that estimates the total costs of attending the University of California for a period of one year. Included in the estimate are all reasonable expenses such as tuition, room and board, books and supplies, personal expenses and transportation.
- Net Cost of Attendance – This is the sum of the family’s contribution from income and assets and a “self-help” amount contributed separately by the student. Self-help consists of student loans and academic year work.
- Comparison Schools – a comparison of the University of California with other 4-year public universities and 4-year private universities
- AAU – Association of American Universities - The AAU is a highly selective membership organization of preeminent public and private research universities. AAU currently has 60 American and two Canadian member institutions. Of the 10 UC campuses, six are AAU members: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara.
- Living Costs – Living costs reflect average across housing types and include estimated books, housing, personal, transportation and health care expenses.
- Inflated Adjusted Dollars – Inflation adjustment or deflation was accomplished by dividing costs by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).