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Cost of Attendance

Student Budgets 2016-17

(Looking for 2015-16 student budgets? Find them here.)

Your budget is the estimated average and reasonable cost of completing an academic year at UC Berkeley. Your budget serves as the foundation for determining your financial need as well as the amount of qualified aid that can be offered to you.  Cost-of-attendance figures are established through student surveys and other research and may include the components below:

Tuition and fees (assuming full-time attendance)

Books and supplies

Room and board

Personal costs

Transportation

Health insurance (this amount may be waived if you can demonstrate equivalent coverage)

Certain programs do not include all of the items listed. If you are attending an online program at UC Berkeley, your budget may not include certain items such as health insurance, living expenses, transportation, and personal costs.

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office may adjust the cost of attendance for students on a case-by-case basis to address individual circumstances.  

For information on how to make college more affordable, please see Cutting College Costs

Nonresidents of California, please see our page on Meeting Nonresident Costs

Please note: UC Berkeley reserves the right to adjust awards to correct any awarding errors. Changes to qualifying information or revisions of federal, state, or institutional policy may result in updates to aid eligibility and adjustments of financial aid awards. Information is subject to change.

Undergraduate Student Budgets 2016-17

Updated March 17, 2016

Academic Year 2016-17

Living in a
Campus
Residence Hall

Living in an 
On-Campus 
Apartment

Living in an
Off-Campus
Apartment

Living with
Relatives

Direct Costs Charged by UC Berkeley
Tuition and Fees $13,518 $13,518 $13,518 $13,518
Room and Board $14,992* $12,049    
Total Direct Costs $28,510 $25,567 $13,518 $13,518
Other Estimated Costs
Housing and Utilities     $7,546 $2,738
Food $1,050 $2,624 $2,624 $1,782
Books and Supplies $1,262 $1,262 $1,262 $1,262
Personal $2,052 $1,805 $2,174 $2,406
Transportation $544 $746 $746 $1,686
Total Cost of Attendance $33,418* $32,004 $27,870 $23,392

*Students living in Bowles Hall add $4,364.

Optional Student Health Insurance Plan add $2,612. Out-of-state residents add $26,682 in Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding or other developments.

Graduate Student Budget 2016-17

Updated March 17, 2016

Academic Year 2016-17 Amount
Direct Costs Charged by UC Berkeley
Tuition and Fees $13,518
Total Direct Costs $13,518
Other Estimated Costs
Housing and Utilities $13,116
Food $7,012
Books and Supplies $802
Personal $1,580
Transportation $3,146
Total Cost of Attendance $39,174

Optional Student Health Insurance Plan, add $4,146. Nonresidents of California, add $15,102 in nonresident supplemental tuition and fees. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding or other developments. 

Students in a number of professional degree programs will pay additional tuition and fees based on their school or department, or degree program. Check with your school or department for more information about their professional degree supplemental tuition policy. Students in the Schools of Law, Optometry, Public Policy, Public Health, Social Welfare, Information Management, and various programs in the College of Environmental Design, the Engineering Master's Program, the MBA programs in the Haas School of Business, and the Joint Medical Program are subject to different tuition and fee schedules. Nonresidents of California in the professional degree programs will pay nonresident supplemental tuition and fees of $12,246 or $13,674 (depending on your program), in addition to the amount shown in the chart above. Double majors will have a pro-rated professional degree supplemental tuition amount, based on their two programs.