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. This is based on twelve (12) units (minimum for full-time status) per semester at $325.00 per unit. Summer session is optional.

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

(Tuition fee is $325.00 per semester unit)


(Full time is minimum 12 units)


(Optional: ex. 3 units in Summer)


(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 N/A $9.95
Health Insurance *see  Note 3 below *$618.50 (2/1-7/31) * $618.50 (8/1-1/31)
Food & Housing (homestay fee $900 per month) * $4,500

(5 months)

* $1800

(2 months)

* $4,500

(5 months)

Books & Supplies $25 (for rental books) $25 (for rental books) $25 (for rental books)
Total * $9,085.95 * $2,818 * $9,085.95

* Amounts are approximate


  1. Students are required to provide written verification of at least $20,000 in available funds (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 prior to registering for classes. Students that do not have medical insurance from their home country will need to purchase their insurance through our office.

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.