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Colleges / University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate15%
Acceptance Rate15%

UC Berkeley Tuition Information

In 2022, tuition for full-time students at University of California, Berkeley was $11,442 a year for in-state students and $41,196 a year for out-of-state students.

On average, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.

If this information makes going to college sound impossible, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you all the info you need to know how much you will actually have to pay for college. Many students owe a lot less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. Plus, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay out of pocket feel more doable until you're done with college.

Tuition for international students at University of California, Berkeley is $41,196 per year.

University of California, Berkeley: In-state vs. Out-of-State Tuition

University of California, Berkeley is a public institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $11,442 for students who qualify as state residents and attend full-time. For students who are not considered California-residents, out-of-state tuition is $41,196 a year.

Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public insitutions often offer reduced tuition for students who are residents of that state.

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state tuition can drastically reduce the overall cost of college. Take the time to check your state's criteria for in-state tuition. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria too, depending on where you live.

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UC Berkeley International Student Tuition

UC Berkeley has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

International students at University of California, Berkeley usually pay around $41,196 per year, before any scholarships or financial aid.

International students usually do not qualify for for federal financial aid, but may qualify for private or UC Berkeley-specific aid and scholarships.

UC Berkeley Room, Board and Other Costs

Tuition is not the only cost of attending college; room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when planning for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at UC Berkeley.

House and Food Costs at UC Berkeley

Housing and campus dining at UC Berkeley costs $19,516 a year. This includes the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a meal plan that allows you to eat all or some of your meals the UC Berkeley's on-campus cafeterias and dining facilities.

Meal-plan costs may vary depending on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

Cost of Books at UC Berkeley

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The real cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy books from students who have already taken the course.

Yearly Fees

Most schools also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.

There may be other costs associated with participating in special activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team. Most colleges offer resources for students who may struggle to participate because of cost can get help covering these fees.

Transportation costs

The cost of getting around in college depends on a few key factors. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school? Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus easy to get around on foot? Do you own a car, or will you need to use public transportation? All of these factors can make a big difference in your transportation budget. Keeping in mind, first-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Where are a college is located can also have a big effect on the amount you'll have to spend just to get around. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, getting around in an urban area is often pricey, but cities may offer more trains, busses or low-cost flight options to actually get to school. The University of California, Berkeley campus is in a urban setting in California, near San Francisco.

Other College Costs

When budgeting for college, be sure to factor in the cost of things like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.

Now, let’s do a rundown of all of the costs associated with college, to get a better idea of how much students can expect to shell out for UC Berkeley.

Total Cost of UC Berkeley

What will the cost of attending UC Berkeley be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.

2022 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $11,442
Out-of-State Tuition $41,196
Room and Board $19,516
Other expenses $5,856

The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.

Total Estimated Costs

Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

University of California, Berkeley Financial Aid

In 2022, 13,853 of the 32,143 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. UC Berkeley meets 78.5% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $27,708 a year. Around 28% of UC Berkeley undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. UC Berkeley graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $17,511 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $14,709
State Loans $6,435
UC Berkeley-Specific Loans $3,629
Private Loans $35,265
Most Common Loans for UC Berkeley Students
Federal Loans 27%
Institutional Loans 2%
Private loans 2%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on UC Berkeley financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at UC Berkeley

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2022, UC Berkeley awarded 132,268 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $332.8 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $26.28 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of UC Berkeley

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for UC Berkeley students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at UC Berkeley was $27,708 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of UC Berkeley seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
In-State, On-Campus $-14678
Net In-state, Off-campus $-6546
Out-of-State, On-Campus $42,784

What will attending UC Berkeley really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the UC Berkeley's net cost calculator on their website.

UC Berkeley Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.

Does University of California, Berkeley Offer Tuition Waivers?

Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to reduce the total cost of attendance. Some schools offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.

UC Berkeley has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

Learn More About UC Berkeley

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UC Berkeley Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$34,882

In State

$64,636

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$11,442
$41,196
Fees
$2,784
$2,784
Housing
$19,516
$19,516
Books
$1,140
$1,140

UC Berkeley Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

438%

Average Financial Aid Package

$26,755

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

45,435

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

15%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$14,226

Out-of-State

$43,980

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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