Like most U.S. universities, Pacific’s Board of Regents sets tuition each year. The board tries to keep increases as low as possible. In recent years, increases have averaged about 3 percent per year—less than most of our peers. Note that tuition and increases can vary between programs to meet specific needs.

The cost of attendance is determined by the Financial Aid Office and is defined as the total budget required by each student for the nine-month academic year. The cost of attendance reflects a budget that includes both direct and non-direct costs.

Direct Costs

Direct Costs are charges applied directly to the student account. Examples of direct costs are:

  • Tuition & Fees
  • Rent (if the student rents an on-campus apartment)
  • Student Bar Association (SBA) fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Wellness Center Fee

Indirect Costs

Non-direct costs are charges not applied to the student account. Examples of non-direct costs include rent (if the student lives off-campus), board, books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Although individual expenses for non-direct costs may vary, the financial aid budget closely estimates the actual expense of each above-mentioned cost. The chart bellows shows a sample nine-month living expense budget based on expected prices for the pending school year. Actual cost will vary by student.

Estimated Additional Expenses — Day Division Fall Spring Total
Books & Supplies $1,075 $1,075 $2,150
Living Expenses $9,788 $9,787 $19,575
Transportation $1,260 $1,260 $2,520


Estimated Additional Expenses — Evening Division Fall Spring Total
Books & Supplies $800 $800 $1,600
Living Expenses $9,788 $9,787 $19,575
Transportation $1,260 $1,260 $2,520

Many students ask for an increase to the budget for special unusual and extraordinary expenses by completing a Petition to Change your Financial Aid Package and providing documentation of those expenses to the Financial Aid Office.

Financial Need

A student's financial need is determined by subtracting the student's expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Cost of Attendance.


Financial Aid Office
Email | 916.739.7158