Tuition and Financial Aid

Program Tuition

Tuition for new and continuing students is $880 per unit. The 54-unit program can be taken on a full- or part-time basis. There are no additional fees for out-of-state or international students.  

The per-unit fee covers the instructional program and access to student services fee (which includes student health center access, student representation and on-campus or VPM library access).  Health Insurance is charged separately. Books, supplies, lab materials and cost of living are not included in the tuition.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in at least five (5) units per quarter may be eligible for federal financial aid and/or educational loans. Each category has different requirements and restrictions. For details on how to apply, please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships website. Additional information for domestic students can be found at:, and Additional information for international students can be found at: Students enrolled in fewer than five (5) units per quarter are not eligible for financial aid.

Self-Supporting Degree Programs

The Forensic Science Graduate Program is a self-supporting degree program. Self-supporting programs and students are not eligible to receive financial support from state funding sources. You may be eligible for some non-state funded Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) positions if you are a full-time student, and you should consult with your advisor about the availability of these paid positions. You are eligible to apply for and accept any campus position that is open to the public, including permanent/long-term staff positions advertised by Human Resources.