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Cost of Attendance

Graduate students: the 2023-24 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 2023-24 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.

Category On-Campus Off-Campus With Parents
Tuition $60,816 $60,816 $60,816
Fees1,2 2,439 2,439 2,439
Housing/Room 11,247 12,960 See Living Expenses
Food/Meals 8,256 6,471 See Living Expenses
Books, Course Materials, Supplies and Equipment (est.)3 1,428 1,428 1,428
Living Expenses N/A N/A 10,125
Personal Expenses (est.) 2,700 4,428 3,609
Transportation (est. local) 0 1,764 1,611
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance4 $86,886 $90,306 $80,028

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1 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 $4,998 for the 2023-24 school year—$1,666 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 by completing the Financial Aid Request for Caltech Student Health Insurance Plan form. Students will be offered grant 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 A reasonable allowance for the purchase of a personal computer may be added to this estimated cost upon request.

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.