Putting education in reach
At UC, an education from one of the best public universities in the world is also one of the most affordable. Our robust financial aid programs are designed to put a degree within reach, regardless of family income. In fact, over half of California undergrads pay no tuition at all.
The path to a debt-free UC
UC is committed to making it possible for all of our California undergrads to complete college without taking out loans by 2030. The debt-free plan will cover the full cost of UC — including housing and food — through grants, scholarships and work-study. UCLA is leading the charge with its Affordability Initiative.
“As a first-generation student, the Pell Grant has been pivotal in my access to a college education. It has helped ease the burden of my student loans and helped me better provide for my needs while I pursue my degree.”
Henry “Adrian” Rozo
UC Davis, 2025
Investing in students
Financial aid for UC students comes from a mix of sources, including federal Pell grants. Through our Double the Pell campaign, we’re advocating for students and urging Congress to reinvest in this important program, since cost should never stop anyone from going to college.
Paying for college, building a career
Many students need to work to afford college. With paid research positions, the Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) ensures that those hours do double duty, developing a student’s career while offsetting the cost of their education.