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.

A breakdown of the Genetic Counseling Program fees for the next academic year is usually posted each July on the UCSF Office of the Registrar/Graduate Division website. Scroll to Graduate Division — Genetic Counseling Program and see “Total” for current charges. 

*All tuition and university-based fees are subject to annual increases.

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.

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. UCSF only offers graduate level education so all campus housing is considered graduate student housing. Learn more about student housing at Campus Life Services.

**Starting with the 2023-2024 academic year, UCSF will no longer be providing the COLS (Cost of Living Supplement) Program.**

Scholarships & Work Study

Funding to help support the cost of tuition varies each year and is dependent upon GC Program resources. 

Scholarships: Details about current funding opportunities for students entering the Genetic Counseling program may be found here.

Work Study: UCSF participates in the Federal Work Study Program.  Students qualifying for federal financial aid are eligible for UCSF's work study program.  Work study positions currently available to any UCSF student may be found here.  The Genetic Counseling Program has also created genetics-related work study positions specifcally for our students. These opportunities provide students with experience directly related to careers in genetics and genomics and details on these positions are presented to students admitted to our program.


Other Support

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

  • An education stipend to students. The stipend may be used to cover costs for supplemental education-related activities such as conferences, workshops, travel to conferences and more.
  • Stipends to complete student research projects
  • Cost associated with access to Typhon, the clinical case mangement platform
  • Costs of background checks that are required by many of our off-campus training sities
  • Most of the texts used in our curriculum are available in digital format and free to students through the UCSF library


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