Program Cost

Program Cost


Fall 2021

Winter 2022

Spring 2022

Tuition (Resident/Non-Resident)

Same as on campus Same as on campus Same as on campus
Campus Health Insurance** Same as on campus Same as on campus Same as on campus
Housing Cost (UC Washington Center) $3,794 $3,399 $3,794
Books & Supplies $200 $200 $200


    Round-Trip Airfare

    Local Transportation










Groceries/Other Food

$1,650* $1,500* $1,650*

Personal Expenses

    Business Attire

    Household Supplies

    One-time Expenses (Comforter, sheets, kitchen/bathroom supplies)

    Program excursions and activities
















Estimate Budget

$7,974 $7,329 $7,974

The Fall 2021, Winter 2022, and Spring 2022 programs are scheduled to be in-person programs in Washington DC.  

* Costs will vary based on personal needs, spending habits, and living accommodations.

**The University of California Regents mandate that all students be covered by a health insurance plan. All full and part-time undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in and charged for the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) unless they choose to submit an online insurance waiver confirming they have comparable health insurance coverage to the Health Center. Please note that a waiver of the UC SHIP may result in adjustments to awarded aid.

Financial Aid:

All UCDC Participants are encouraged to complete a FAFSA by the State’s priority deadline in early March (the year prior to UCDC participation) to ensure that you are considered for any financial aid for which you may be eligible.

Financial aid will be applied as if you were taking the equivalent units on campus in Davis (summer session students must take the internship for credit to be eligible for aid). See our Financial Aid page for more details. 

The UCD Financial Aid Office adjusts aid awards to meet the increase in the cost of the Washington Program (UCDC). Upon selection, UCDC will provide participant names to the Financial Aid Office, who will recalculate awards based on the increased UCDC budget. 

Housing Cost:

All students accepted to the Washington Program must pay the UCDC housing cost. For students not receiving financial aid, housing payment deadlines are scheduled throughout the quarter preceding the quarter of participation. For financial aid students, any housing cost not covered fully by your packaged financial aid will be due prior to arrival in Washington DC.

The Washington Center is a great home for UC students that provides all the necessities for living in Washington, DC for a quarter including a furnished room, fully-equipped kitchen, and other accommodations. For more information, please see the Housing page.


For the academic year program, university tuition fees for the Washington Program are the same as a regular quarter on campus.

For the summer program, you will only need to pay tuition if you desire to receive academic credit for your internship. The cost of tuition is outlined on the UCDC website


Students that fly to DC will have air travel costs which can vary widely and get more expensive the sooner it is to your departure. Be sure to purchase your tickets as early as possible! Also, expect to spend around $40-80 getting to the UCDC Center from the airport. Check out TravelocityHotwire, and Expedia for easy flight searching. 

Fees posted here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. Actual tuition, fees, and other charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus a student's final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown. 

Local Transportation:

If you need the metro to reach your internship, you can expect to spend around $50 bi-weekly. Also consider the costs of whatever special trips you want to take while in DC (taxi, bus, etc). 

Personal Expenses:

Washington DC has an endless supply of restaurants, bars, shows, and more! While some of these options are more expensive than others, there are many fun things to do on a budget. Keep an eye out for fun and inexpensive things to do around the city (festivals, talks, museum exhibits, etc). Also, carry your student ID with you so you can take advantage of student discounts offered by theaters, museums, and other DC organizations.