The tuition and fees charge for all students registering for graduate work is currently $60,657.00 per academic year, payable at the beginning of each term, fall (9/27/2022), winter (1/4/2023), and spring (4/3/2023). Graduate students who cannot devote full time to their studies are allowed to register only under special circumstances. Students desiring permission to register for fewer than 36 units must therefore petition the dean of graduate studies for an underload.
The payment of tuition by graduate students is required (a) without reference to the character of the work by the student, which may consist of research, independent reading, or writing a thesis or other dissertation, as well as attendance at regular classes; (b) without reference to the number of terms in which the student has already been in residence; and (c) without reference to the status of the student as an appointee of the Institute, except that members of the academic staff of rank of instructor or higher are not required to pay tuition.
All bills owed the Institute must be paid when due. Any student whose bills are past due may be refused registration for the following term. All graduate students with an outstanding bursar’s bill balance of $1,500.00 or more will have a hold placed on their registration for the subsequent term the day before online registration opens. Diplomas will not be released until the bursar’s account is paid in full.
Caltech ID Card Charges
If a graduate student owes more than $1,500.00, the student’s charging privileges will be suspended. Charging privileges will be reactivated once students have paid their bill in full with the Bursar’s Office.
Expense Summary 2022-2023
|Tuition and fees||$60,657.00|
|Books and supplies (approx.)||$1,428.00|
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|Furnished Catalina Apartments (Annual License Contract):|
|4 bedroom apt. $680.00 per person per month (plus utilities)|
|2 bedroom apt. $810.00 per person per month (plus utilities)|
|1 bedroom apt. $1,370.00 per apt. per month (plus utilities)|
|Studio apt. $1,035 per apt. per month (plus utilities)|
|Unfurnished Off-Campus Apartments (Annual License Contract):|
|2 bedroom apt. $1,525.00 per apt. per month (plus utilities)|
|1 bedroom apt. $1,135.00 per apt. per month (plus utilities)|
|The Institute also has a catalog of unfurnished apartments and single family homes available for lease at varying rental costs based on size. Please go to: https://housing.caltech.edu/grads for additional information.|
|Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Institute.|
Fees for Late Payment
A $50.00 late fee penalty may be charged by the Bursar’s Office for failure to clear a past-due account at the beginning of instruction.
Fees for Late Registration
Registration is not complete until the student has registered for a program approved by their adviser and has paid tuition and other fees. A penalty fee of $50 is assessed for failure to register within five days of the scheduled dates.
Honor System Matters
Monies owed to the Institute resulting from a disciplinary matter may be collected through the Bursar’s Office, at the request of the dean of graduate studies.
The Catalina Central complex provides approximately 152 single rooms in four-bedroom furnished units. Another, Catalina North, has 156 single rooms in two-bedroom furnished units, and Catalina South has 78 single rooms in two-bedroom furnished units, and 29 one-bedroom furnished units. These apartments are also available to married or coupled students.
Rates for housing vary, depending upon the accommodations and services provided. A contract is required to live in these houses for the academic year. Complete information can be obtained at
There is one Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) and four Resident Associates (RAs) in the Catalina Complex. An RLC is a specially trained full-time university employee, specializing in college student development, community building, counseling, and crisis intervention. The RLC supervises the RAs on programming and overall student wellness. The RLC also assists Housing with the management and daily operations of the complex. There are also Catalina Community Associates (student volunteers) who work with the RLC and RAs on programming and community building in the Catalinas.
The Institute also owns a limited number of apartments and single-family houses that are available for rental, on a lease basis, to single or married/partnered graduate students or graduate students with families. Because of limited availability, there is a waiting list for these properties. For additional information and application, go to housing.caltech.edu.
Students preferring to live in non-Institute housing typically pay approximately $1,100 to $1,400 per month/each, in rent for a shared apartment, and somewhat more for a private apartment. Please note that the Institute cannot make negotiations for individual housing off campus.
Graduate students are granted the privilege of joining the Athenaeum (faculty club), which affords the possibility of contact with fellow graduate students and with others using the Athenaeum, including the Associates of Caltech, distinguished visitors, and members of the professional staffs of the Huntington Library and the Caltech.
The Chandler Dining Hall, located on the campus, is open Monday through Friday. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are served cafeteria style. Café at Broad is open for lunch, Monday through Friday.
Health services available to graduate students are explained in section one of this Catalog.