Non-resident/International Students Estimated Expenses For One Year Of Study At Merced College

Listed below is the estimated breakdown of the cost per year for non-resident students. To achieve full-time status, a minimum of twelve (12) units is required per semester at a rate of tuition fee $336.00 per unit. Summer session is optional.

Estimated Expenses Spring Semester Summer Session (Optional) Fall Semester
Total Minimum Tuition

(Tuition fee is $336.00 per semester unit)


(Full time is minimum 12 units)


(Optional: ex. 3 units)


(Full time is minimum 12 units)

Health Fee $21 $18 $21
Student Rep Fee $2 None $2
Student Body Fee $10 None $10
Transportation Fee $9.95 None $9.95
Health Insurance *see  Note 3 below *$155 * $155
Food & Housing (homestay fee $900 per month) * $6000

(5 months)

* $2400

(2 months)

* $6000

(5 months)

Books & Supplies $300 (for rental books) $75 (for rental books) $300 (for rental books)
Total * $10,529.95 * $3,501 * $10,529.95

* Amounts are approximate


  1. Students are required to provide bank statement of at least $22,000 in cash value (equivalent United States currency).
  2. Merced College offers a competitive tuition waiver to top qualified students.  The selection is taken place on a yearly basis.
  3. Proof of medical/accident insurance is required for all international students. Students that do not have medical insurance from their home country will need to purchase their insurance in the U.S.. Discuss it with our staff if you want some suggestions of your choice. 

Merced College English Language Institute

MCELI is dedicated to enhancing world wide educational opportunities for international students by providing quality instruction in the English language and the opportunity to learn and experience American culture.

International Club

With its culturally diverse body of members, the International Club is a fun place to be.