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Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship

The Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship offered by UC Berkeley to entering undergraduates and attracts, retains, and graduates the most sought-after students in the world. The program is firmly supported by more than 200 Berkeley faculty and is unique in that it uses faculty to interview candidates.

While at Berkeley, recent scholars have served in such notable positions as Student Regent on the University of California Board of Regents, ASUC President, and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Californian. Scholars have been chosen as a University Medalist and have earned such prestigious awards as the Truman Scholarship and the Marshall Scholarship. Many have gone on to become faculty at prestigious universities, as well as CEOs of global corporations.

Berkeley welcomes about 200 new Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars each year. There is a campus community of more than 800 scholars enrolled, making it the largest Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship program in the UC system.

​Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship Benefits 

Faculty Mentor: Scholars are assigned a Faculty Mentor from the Academic Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Honors, and Financial Aid, and the faculty at large. The Faculty Mentor guides scholars in their long-term academic and professional endeavors. The scholars have their first opportunity to meet their Faculty Mentors at the fall welcome reception hosted by the Chancellor. Further networking with faculty and fellow scholars throughout their academic career at Berkeley results in lifelong beneficial associations.

Monetary Award and Scholarship Tenure: The Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship includes a monetary award that is determined each year. Students without financial need receive a $10,000 honorary award over four years. Students with financial need are awarded a need-based scholarship based on a federal formula, up to the scholar's full financial need. The scholarship is renewable annually, up to a maximum of eight semesters for incoming freshmen and a maximum of four semesters for incoming transfers.

Priority Enrollment for Classes: Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars are among a very select group of students who receive priority enrollment for classes.

Regents' and Chancellor's Research Fellowship: The Regents' and Chancellor's Research Fellowship is an opportunity for Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars to apply for a one-time fellowship of up to $1,000 for research projects. The fellowship is not intended to develop new research, but to provide supplemental funds for research supplies and research-related travel. Examples of research topics include "The Construction of American Identity vis-a-vis Citizenship After 9/11" and "Hasilo Nepal and India Smiles: Children's Oral Health and Nutrition."

Scholars Association: All scholars are invited to join the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholars Association (RCSA). This student organization sponsors academic and professional development, and coordinates social events and community service projects. Some examples include RCSA's partnership with UC Berkeley's Career Center each year to host a career fair featuring more than 250 companies offering full-time career opportunities and summer internships. RCSA continues to be a proud TEDx Berkeley sponsor, with more than 200 scholars volunteering each year. Learn more about RCSA's activities on the official RCSA website or by reading the 2013-14 RCSA Yearbook.

Financial Aid Advising: The Undergraduate Scholarships, Prizes, and Honors Office acts as intermediary for Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholars with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for financial aid issues. Scholars are assigned a Scholarship Coordinator who responds to questions about the scholarship, financial aid, and general information about Berkeley (e.g., advising, resources, and planning for the future).

Guaranteed Housing: Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholars receive guaranteed housing in a University Residence for the duration of the scholarship.

Selection Process

Faculty select candidates from the top entering applicants who have been admitted to Berkeley, as determined by a holistic review by the Academic Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Honors and Financial Aid.

California candidates are invited for a one-on-one interview with a member of Berkeley's faculty in early February and interviews are scheduled in late February and March. Notification regarding disposition of candidacy is made by the end of March.

Out-of-state, international, and transfer candidate's admission files are reviewed by the Committee on Scholarships, Honors, and Financial Aid.

Frequently Asked Questions: Prospective Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars

1. Do I need to submit an application to be considered for the Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship?

All students who apply to UC Berkeley are automatically considered for the scholarship. This includes students entering from high school and out-of-state, international, and transfer students. If you are not selected as a candidate, there are many other university scholarships you will still be considered for. Remember to apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and if you are eligible for any university scholarships, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will notify you in April.


2. I am a Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship candidate. When and how will I be notified about receiving the award?

Notifications are sent to students the day the Office of Undergraduate Admissions sends the acceptance announcements at the end of March. You will also see your scholarship award on your MyFinAid account; MyFinAid is Berkeley's online financial aid system. Transfer students are notified mid-May. If you do not see a congratulatory message on myBerkeleyApp, it is likely you were not awarded the scholarship.


3. How do I accept the award?

To accept your Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship, submit the Statement of Intention to Register (SIR) online by May 1 at students.berkeley.edu/myberkeley. Then, return your completed Regents' and Chancellor's Tenure Contract 2014-15 by May 15. Be sure to read the Regents’ and Chancellor's Tenure Contract Terms and Conditions or the Regents' and Chancellor's Domestic Nonresident Tenure Contract Terms and Conditions.


4. Will there be an adjustment to my Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship if I receive any outside scholarships?

If you are receiving an honorary award of $2,500, there will be no adjustment to the award. If you are receiving a need-based award, outside agency awards are applied toward your gross financial need and may require the campus to reduce the amount of the Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship.


5. When do I begin receiving the priority enrollment benefit?

Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars will receive priority enrollment for Phase II of Tele-BEARS for their first term and for both phases of Tele-BEARS during subsequent terms. We encourage all new students to attend the earliest possible CalSO program for Phase I of Tele-BEARS enrollment.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Current Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars

1. Will there be an adjustment to my Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship if I receive any outside scholarships?

If you are receiving an honorary award of $2,500, there will be no adjustment to the award. If you are receiving a need-based award, outside agency awards are applied toward your gross financial need and may require the campus to reduce the amount of the Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship.


2. When do I begin receiving the priority enrollment benefit?

Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars will receive priority enrollment for Phase II of Tele-BEARS for their first term, and for both phases of Tele-BEARS during subsequent terms. We encourage all new students to attend the earliest possible CalSO program for Phase I of Tele-BEARS enrollment.


3. Does the housing guarantee benefit mean I get to select my accommodation?

You can rank your housing choices on the housing application according to your preference. The Housing Office will try its best to accommodate your preference, depending on availability of space.


4. Will I lose my Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship if I need to take time away from school?

Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars are eligible to take two semesters of leave from the scholarship. Scholars must attend one semester at UC Berkeley before requesting a leave of absence. Scholars cannot request a leave of absence for any semester in which they have already received the scholarship. You will need to complete a Leave of Absence form and return it to your assigned scholarship coordinator.


5. How do you determine my monetary award if I demonstrate financial need?

A need-based Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship award may not exceed the scholar's financial need, which is based on a federal formula:

Undergraduate Student Budget - Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need

The Undergraduate Student Budget is the amount Berkeley has assessed it will cost to live and study for one academic year at Berkeley. The budget includes university fees, housing, books, and incidentals. The expected family contribution is based on a federal formula and is derived from the information the student and parents provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Both domestic and international students who wish to be considered for an award greater than the $10,000 over four years honorarium must apply for financial aid. A United States Social Security number is required.