Total Cost of Attendance
The University of California at Berkeley (known as UC Berkeley) is located in sunny California, and is known for its high standards for academic excellence. UC Berkeley tuition for the 2021-22 school year for in-state students was $14,226, and $43,980 for out-of-state students.
Compare this to the national average of $10,740 for in-state students and $27,560 for out-of-state students.
Generally, financial aid is monetary assistance awarded to students based on personal need and merit. Students that qualify for financial aid can use it to pay for college costs like tuition, books, and living expenses.
The federal government is the largest provider of student financial aid. However, aid can also be given by state governments, colleges and universities, private companies, and nonprofits. The different types include:
- Scholarships: These can be awarded by schools and other organizations based on students’ academic excellence, athletic achievement, community involvement, job experience, field of study, and financial need.
- Grants: Generally based on financial need, these can come from federal, state, private, and non-profit organizations.
- Work-study: This federal program provides qualifying students with part-time employment to earn money for expenses while in school.
- Federal student loans: This is money borrowed directly from the U.S. Department of Education. It comes with fixed interest rates that are typically lower than private loans.
Colleges, universities, and state agencies use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial aid eligibility. The FAFSA can be completed online, but note that state and federal and school deadlines may differ.
You can find other financial aid opportunities on databases such as:
- US Department of Education – Search for grants from colleges and universities by state
- College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS) – A global college scholarship application used by select institutions to award financial aid
Private Student Loans
Private loans are funded by private organizations such as banks, online lenders, credit unions, some schools, and state-based or state-affiliated organizations. While Federal student loans have interest rates that are regulated by Congress, private lenders follow a different set of regulations so their qualifications and interest rates can vary widely.
What’s more, private loans have variable or fixed interest rates that may be higher than federal loan interest rates, which are always fixed. Private lenders may (but don’t always) require you to make payments on your loans while you are still in school, compared to federal student loans which you don’t have to start paying back until after you graduate, leave school, or change your enrollment status to less than half-time.
Private loans don’t have a specific application window and can be applied for on an as-needed basis. However, if you think you may need to take out a private loan, it’s a good idea to submit your FAFSA first to see what federal aid you may qualify for as it generally may have better rates and terms.
If you’ve missed the FAFSA deadline or you’re struggling to pay for school throughout the year, private loans can potentially help you make your payments. Just keep in mind that you will need enough lead time for your loan to process and for your lender to send money to your school.
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Projected 4-Year-Degree Price
Here’s some California Student Loan & Scholarship Information for you.
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees
Students who are residents of the state of California paid $14,226 for UC Berkeley tuition in 20221-22 and $20,236 for room and board, for a total of $34,462 per year. Students from other states paid $43,980 for tuition and $20,236, for a total of $64,216 per year. There are student loans available to help with these costs.
Graduate Tuition and Fees
Berkeley offers several highly respected graduate programs. For in-state students, tuition and fees was $14,160 in 2021-22, and $29,262 for out-of-state students. There are graduate loans available to help with these costs.
Campus Housing Expenses
*Based on studio pricing. Average rate based on available apartments on Berkeley’s off-campus housing website in 2022.
In addition to UC Berkeley tuition, students must pay for housing, either on campus or off. While freshmen aren’t required to live on campus, 96% choose to, enjoying amenities in one of the seven residence halls.
Those opting to live off-campus have many options, and Berkeley offers many resources to help you find the right apartment, duplex, or house for your needs. This guide can help with off-campus living.
UC Berkeley Acceptance Rate
At just 17%, the Berkeley acceptance rate is low, making the university quite competitive.
Berkeley has high standards for admissions. Here are the things that are required or recommended with your application.
- Meet the A-G subject course requirements (find out more here)
- Have a 3.0 GPA in A-G courses taken in the 10th and 11th grade years (3.4 GPA for non-residents)
- Letters of recommendation
SAT and ACT Scores
UC Berkeley is test-free, meaning you are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores with your application. If you choose to submit them, your scores may be used for placement or credit purposes.
Here are the test scores for the 25th and 75th percentile at Berkeley:
Popular Majors at UC Berkeley
Berkeley has more than 130 academic departments and 80 interdisciplinary research units. Here are the most popular majors at Berkeley.
1. Molecular & Cell Biology
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 765
2. Computer Science
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 696
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 662
4. Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 496
5. Political Science
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 469
6. Business Administration
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 392
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 330
8. Environmental Studies
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 256
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 254
10. Media Studies
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 244
This here can help you learn more about all the majors Berkeley offers.
- 4 years: 76%
- 6 years: 92%
Post-Graduation Median Earnings
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