Program Cost

The total cost of the program is approximately $17,608. The cost includes a program fee of $8,000 (which covers administrative costs of the program, as well as reimbursement for GRE courses, reimbursement for conference travel, a career center alumni membership for UC alum, poster printing for conferences, computer lab printing, and event expenses - including meals at career panels and welcome/celebration dinners) and course fees of $9,608 ($300.25 per unit for a total of 32 units).  The program fee is due a few weeks before Fall classes start, and the individual course fees are due before the end of Week 2 of each quarter.

Students will pay anywhere from $9,200 ($8,000 program fee + $1,201 for one, 4-unit course) up to $12,800 ($8,000 program fee + $4,804 for four, 4-unit courses) for their first quarter of study (depending upon how many units they enroll in), and they will then pay anywhere from $1,201 to $4,804 for each of the subsequent quarters (again, depending upon how many units they enroll in for that particular quarter).

Financial Aid

Because our post-bacc program is a certificate program (and not a degree-granting program), state and federal finanical aid is not available for our program.  However, private financing/loans is available through preferred UC lenders:     

Diversity Fellowship

A limited number of partial fellowships may be available to students who meet the UC definition of diversity, which includes individuals who are underrepresented in higher education with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region.  For more information on the UC definition of diversity, visit:  If you would like to be considered for one of these fellowships, please include a brief diversity statement (in a separate document; recommended length 250-500 words) in your application, in which you indicate why you believe you would be a good candidate for this fellowship.  In this statement, you may wish to comment on any specific circumstances about your background (e.g., special achievements, obstacles, and/or interruptions to your schooling that you overcame to complete your education to date), and you may wish to include how these experiences, your research interests, and/or your career objectives contribute to the University’s goal of diversity.

Deferring Existing Student Loans while in our Program

For those of you interested in deferring your existing student loans while in post-bacc program, please note that UCI Continuing Education does not automatically report your enrollment to the National Student Clearinghouse.  However, to defer your existing student loan payments, you may request a letter from the UCI Continuing Education Records Office to verify your enrollment at the start of the program.  If you need a deferment letter for each quarter, UCI Continuing Education can do that as well.  The letter explains that UCI Continuing Education does not receive Title IV aid but does provide the start/end dates of registration, the total units and your status (full time, part time, etc.)  The lender will review the document and make their decision to defer your loans.  If your lender has a form to defer loans, please forward that to UCI Continuing Education as well (they will verify that their letter provides all the information required on the form).


Post-bacc students are not eligible for on-campus housing; however, we do have several suggestions of places you can look for housing and/or roommates:  1)  The Psychology and Social Behavior facebook group; 2) The University of California, Irvine group facebook group; 3) The University HIlls website (; 4) The UCI Off Campus Housing website (; 5)  Craigslist (; 6) (; 7) The Apartment Guide (; and 8)  The Apartment List (  Also, if you are accepted to the program, we will help connect you with other post-bacc students who may also be looking for a place to live, in the event that you wish to search for an apartment/house together.

Veterans Benefits

Unfortunately, at this time, veterans benefits cannot be used for our program.

UCI Post-Baccalaurate Program in Psychology & Social Behavior is self-supporting.  Under California law and University of California Policy, Cal-Vet College Fee Waiver benefits cannot be used towards UCI Division of Continuing Education programs or self-supporting UC programs.  The Cal-Vet College Fee Waiver applies only to system wide tuition and fees charged for state supported UC programs.  Please visit the California Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information:

For students that would like to use their Chapter 35: Dependents Educational Assistance benefit or their Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits , they would need to enroll in a VA approved program.  Because our post-bacc program is relatively new, the UCI Post-Baccalaureate Program in Psychology & Social Behavior is not yet a VA approved program.  At this time, due to new regulations regarding the program approval process, we are working with the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education to get our program approved.  We don’t know when or if the Psychology and Social Behavior Post-Baccalaureate program would be a VA approved program - but I will update this website as soon as I have any addition information.

Please contact Karen Tseng, the school certifying official for UCI Division of Continuing Education, at if you have additional questions about veterans benefits.