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Estimated Annual Cost of Attendance

Students entering 2021

Considering the shift in the UCSF PharmD curriculum from a four-year (three quarters/year) to a three-year (four quarters/year) program, the annual tuition and fee structure for students entering the program in 2018 and after changed. Specifically, the increase in the number of quarters of instruction per year and the associated quarterly tuition and fees results in an increased annual cost. The information below highlights how this change compares to the previous four-year curricular model. All tuition, fee, and cost-of-living estimates are based on 2020-21 approved amounts and subject to change. Accordingly, the final approved levels for tuition, fees, and cost-of-living expenses for students entering in 2021 may differ from the amounts shown.

Three-year program advantages

The UCSF PharmD program is specifically designed as a three-year, year-round course of study to enable you, if you choose, to begin advanced training after the PharmD a year earlier than most graduates of four-year pharmacy programs. This also means that you will be able to launch your professional pharmacy career sooner than most graduates of four-year pharmacy programs.

Our three-year, year-round program offers you financial and professional advantages; these are important considerations as you evaluate annual and overall program costs.

Quarters of attendance: three-year vs. four-year program

The UCSF PharmD program consists of 12 quarters of instruction in both the three-year and four-year programs.

  • Students entering the three-year, year-round program in 2018 pay tuition and fees four times a year.
  • Students who entered the four-year program in 2017 and before pay tuition fees three times a year.

Year of entry

2018 and beyond

2017 and before

Years of instruction

3 years

4 years

Quarters per year

4 quarters

3 quarters

Total quarters of instruction

12 quarters

12 quarters

Tuition and fee collection

4 quarters per year

3 quarters per year

Estimated annual tuition and fees – students entering 2021

UCSF PharmD Fees

Students entering in 2021

Estimates based on 2020-2021 Fees1

First Year
4 quarters: summer, fall, winter, spring

Second year
4 quarters: summer, fall, winter, spring

Third Year
4 quarters: summer, fall, winter, spring

Summer Session + Summer Session Student Services Fee

$3,894

$3,894

$3,894

Student Services

$1,128

$1,128

$1,128

Tuition

$11,442

$11,442

$11,442

Community Centers Facilities

$198

$198

$198

Graduate and Professional Students Association

$27

$27

$27

Associated Students of School of Pharmacy

$45

$45

$45

Student Health Insurance Premium

$5,364

$5,364

$5,364

Student Health and Counseling Fee Supplemental Fee $209 $209 $209

Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition

$31,260

$31,260

$31,260

California Resident Total

$53,567

$53,567

$53,567

Non-resident Supplemental Tuition2

$12,245

$12,245

$12,245

California Non-resident Total1

$65,812

$65,812

$65,812

  1. The tuition, fees, and charges posted here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and 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.
  2. Nonresident students may be able to establish residency for tuition purposes after the first year; see California Residency.

Financial aid

UCSF Student Financial Aid works closely with the School of Pharmacy to meet student financial need through grants and loans. These funds—combined with scholarships available through the School of Pharmacy for both California residents and promising out of state applicants—are included in financial aid packages for entering students. UCSF also offers a cost-of-living supplement to eligible students to address the cost of living in San Francisco.

Estimated Student Budgets/Total Cost of Attendance

Each year, Student Financial Aid provides estimated student budgets for all UCSF programs; student budgets are posted to the Student Financial Aid website. Total cost of attendance for pharmacy includes tuition and fees, loan fees, books and supplies, and cost-of-living expenses. The cost-of-living allowance includes housing and utilities, food, transportation, personal and miscellaneous, and medical expenses.

Based on 2020-21 levels, the estimated pharmacy program budget for students entering in 2021 will be:

Year

Pharmacy 1 (10 months)

Tuition & fees1

$53,567

Loan fee

$360

Books & supplies

$832

Cost of living2

$32,450

School-year total

$87,209

  1. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. Does not include non-resident supplemental tuition which is $12,245.
  2. These figures reflect food, transportation, personal, miscellaneous, medical and housing costs for students living in non-university, off-campus apartments. Students living in university-owned, off-campus apartments may have a lower cost of living.