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Eligibility

Eligibility for Financial Aid at UC Berkeley

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office works closely with students to make an invaluable UC Berkeley education an affordable reality. At UC Berkeley, the majority of students receive some form of financial aid. Nearly two-thirds of undergraduate students qualify for financial aid. Eligible graduate students may be awarded federal student loans and work-study in addition to departmental awards and fellowships.

Do You Qualify?

Here is a list of the minimum requirements you need to meet to be considered for financial aid through the UC Berkeley Financial Aid and Scholarships Office:

You are a U.S. citizen, an eligible non-citizen, or a student eligible for Berkeley Undergraduate Dream Act Aid.

You have a valid Social Security Number (unless you are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau; or unless you are a student eligible for Berkeley Undergraduate Dream Act Aid).

You have registered with Selective Service if you are male and between the ages of 18-25.

You have a high school diploma, or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, or completed homeschooling at the secondary level. 

You are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate.

You are making Satisfactory Academic Progress toward your degree. 

You don't have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while receiving federal student aid (such as grants, loans, or work-study).

You don't owe a refund on a federal grant or you are not in default on a federal student loan.

What About Eligibility for International Students?

Funding an education as an international student at a university in the United States can be challenging. International students are ineligible for university, state, or federal financial aid funds processed by the Berkeley Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. 

We strongly encourage international students to research scholarship opportunities from private organizations both within the U.S. and in your home country. We also encourage international students to research your specific academic departments for awards or scholarships available to international students.  Please see our International Students page for more information.