Room & Board: $13,869
University of California â€“ Santa Cruz is one of the U.C., 10 campuses and the only one whose mascot is a banana slug. A non-state resident student faces a final tab of $55,866 for the year, while California residents pay $32,988.
Resident or non-resident, the student living in a double room and using the meal plan can expect to pay $13,869. A steep price, to be sure, but a small one to pay to attend an institute of higher learning thatâ€™s home to the Grateful Dead Archive, which will house 30 yearsâ€™ worth of the noodling jam bandâ€™s â€śshow files, programs, newsletters, posters, cover art, photographs, tickets and stickers.â€ť