Fees are listed in the tables below are fees per semester and are meant to serve as unofficial guidelines.  Fees and tuition are set by the Regents of the University of California and are subject to change. Please refer to Registrar’s Fee Schedule and to the Summer Session Fee Schedule for the most up-to-date information.

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Fees By Semester: Fall & Spring 2017-2018

FeeCA ResidentNon CA Resident
Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition$9,060$8,711
Student Services Fee$564$564
Berkeley Campus Fee$700.50$700.50
Class Pass Transit Fee$80$80
Health Insurance Fee$2,373$2,373
Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition0$6,122.50
Document Management Fee$117$117
TOTAL PER SEMESTER$18,615.50$24,389

Fees By Semester: Summer 2018

All students enroll in 10 units of summer session in the 2nd and 3rd year of the program.

FeeCA ResidentNon CA Resident
Graduate Tuition$5,260$5,260
University Registration Fee$337$337
Class Pass Transit Fee$38$38

Possible Fee Reductions

Becoming a Resident
After the first year of the program, non-resident U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply to become in-state residents. This will reduce your fees by removing the non-resident supplemental tuition.

In Absentia Registration
University of California academic and professional graduate students who undertake research or coursework related to their degree programs outside of California, or outside the seven Bay Area counties may receive an 85% reduction in the Educational and Registration fees for one semester while they are away. Students who qualify for In Absentia status can reduce their University bill by approximately $6,000 for the semester.

Note: Full Health Insurance, and Campus and Professional Degree fees will still apply.

Estimated Expenses

The following estimated expenses are meant to serve as unofficial guidelines. The Financial Aid Office updates these figures annually through student surveys and other research. Health Insurance is included in the table above.  For more information on health insurance, please visit the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) web page.

ExpenseEstimated Costs for 2 Semesters
Rent/Utilities ($1,602 per month) $14,414
Food ($811 per month)$7,296
Personal ($184 per month)$1,652
Transportation ($364 per month)$3,274
Books & Equipment*$796
Health (Included in table above)
Student Organizations$250


During their first year of enrollment it is necessary for optometry students to purchase certain hand-held equipment for use starting with the second year of school. This equipment, which may be used after graduation in the practice of optometry, costs from $4,000 – $6,000 depending on brand name and quality of equipment selected by students.

Off-Campus Expenses During 4th Year

During the fourth year, students are required to participate in off campus externships. These rotations take the fourth-year clinician away from the Bay Area for 9 to 32 weeks of the the 4th year. Desired location and duration of externships cannot be guaranteed. Students are required to manage and pay their own costs for travel, accommodations, food, other living expenses and costs (immunization/documentation) associated with externship credentialing/onboarding.