Financing your graduate education


For the 2022-23 academic year, student tuition (without health insurance) is projected at $41,796 year for a total of $83,592 for the entire program. Inclusion of student health insurance will increase costs by $4-5,000/year.

The University of California mandates that all students have continuous health coverage. Students are required to purchase UC’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) unless they can provide proof of minimum coverage under an approved health plan (such as coverage under a parent or a partner’s health plan). In such cases, students can seek a waiver of this fee. Additional information on the SHIP waiver may be found here.

A breakdown of the Genetic Counseling Program fees will be available in summer 2022 at the UCSF Office of the Registrar/Graduate Division website. Scroll to Graduate Division — Genetic Counseling Program and see “Total” for current tuition rates.

California Residency

The Genetic Counseling Program is a self-supporting program and full program costs are covered by fees. The Program does not receive state funding, therefore, student costs for the Genetic Counseling Program are the same for California and non-California residents.

Financial Aid

Students should apply for financial aid if they need assistance paying for their education. Please visit UCSF Student Financial Services Office for assistance and comprehensive resources to understand and manage the cost of your education. Students enrolled in the Genetic Counseling Program are eligible for federal student loans. Genetic Counseling students are not currently eligible for Veterans Affairs Education Benefits, UCSF Scholarships or the California DREAM Loan. It is recommended that you start the financial aid process as early as possible.

Housing Assistance

Students can apply to live in UCSF campus housing for up to two years during their educational program. Learn more about student housing at Campus Life Services.

UCSF is committed to the well-being of our students and provides a cost of living supplement (COLS) to qualified students that live in off-campus housing. Information on the COLS program and campus housing options may be found in the Student Financial Services office.

Scholarships & Work Study

Funding to help support the cost of tuition varies each year and is dependent upon GC Program resources. Details about current funding opportunities for students entering the Genetic Counseling program may be found here.

UCSF participates in the Federal Work Study Program.  Students qualifying for federal financial aid are eligible for UCSF's work study program.  Currently available work study positions may be found here.  Additional genetics-related work study positions may also be available to admitted students. 


Other Support

The Genetic Counseling Program is able to offset student expenses by providing:

  • An education stipend to second year students attending the NSGC Annual Education Conference
  • Stipends to complete student research projects
  • Most of the texts used in our curriculum are available in digital format through the UCSF library


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