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Cost of Attendance

Estimated 2016-17 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance (Full-Time Enrollment)

The cost of attendance for the 2015-16 academic year can be found here.

Graduate students: the 2015-16 cost of attendance for graduate students can be found here

The chart below lists the estimated nine-month, full-time cost of attendance budget that is generally applicable to Caltech undergraduate students enrolled in the 2016-17 school year. With the exception of the Orientation Fee, all direct charges, i.e., tuition, fees, housing and board, are divided evenly between the fall, winter and spring terms.

Fees1,2 1,731  
Housing/Room3 7,914  
Board 6,186  
Additional Meal Allowance (est.)
Books and Supplies (est.) 1,323  
Personal Expenses (est.)
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance4


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Fees do not include the Caltech Student Health Insurance Plan. Students are not required to purchase health insurance through Caltech provided they have coverage through a comparable plan. The plan will cost $2,472 for the 2016-17 school year -- $824 per Insurance Term. Financial aid recipients who enroll in the Caltech Student Health Insurance Plan may request that the expense be added to their estimated cost of attendance. Students will be offered loan and/or scholarship assistance to cover the additional expense. 

2 All entering undergraduate students are charged a one-time, $500 Orientation Fee in addition to the mandatory fees applicable to all undergraduate students.

3 The Housing/Room rate included in this estimated cost of attendance is a calculated expense based on the weighted average of all available undergraduate, on-campus housing options.

4 A Travel Allowance to (partially) offset the cost of two roundtrips from a student's primary residence may be added to this estimated cost of attendance for U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens who reside in the US, associated US territories, Canada, or Mexico.

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