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Tuition & Fees

UC San Diego charges both fees and tuition (if applicable). All students pay fees. Students who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents but not California residents, as well as international students, also pay Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST).

California state residency for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents can be acquired at the end of the first year. Typically these students will not pay NRST  beyond the first year.

International Students are guaranteed NRST through their third year. NRST is reduced by 100% upon advancement to candidacy, which usually occurs at the end of a student’s third year or beginning of the fourth year.

Fees and tuition may be reduced by Teaching Assistant employment waivers, fellowships and scholarships offered by the Economics Department or other outside sources. Outside funding supersedes department policy for payment of tuition and fees (if outside funding source pays tuition and fees).

For information about financial requirements for international students, please visit the International Center's Prospective Student website. For additional international students information, please visit the International Center's Information for Newly Admitted International Graduate Students.