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The mission of the UC Berkeley Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is to provide students access to an excellent education. Through strategic partnerships and rigorous planning, our dedicated staff:

Offers innovative aid programs to make higher education affordable

Helps students and parents navigate financial aid processes

Health Professions Student Loan

A Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) is a subsidized low-interest loan limited on the UC Berkeley campus to Optometry students. To be considered for an HPSL, Optometry students need to include parent information on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), regardless of their independent status for all other programs.  

Although the loan is made with government funds, Berkeley contributes a share and is your institutional lender; hence, you repay this loan to Berkeley. Beginning in mid-August 2017, the servicer of your loan will be ECSI.

UC Berkeley Grants

UC Berkeley has a long tradition of providing access to a world-class education to students from all financial backgrounds. 

University Grants are a form of need-based financial aid that do not need to be repaid. When you apply for financial aid, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will automatically consider you for University Grants.

Financial Aid Payments and Refunds

College finances are important....and they can be complicated!  Use this information to stay up-to-date. With a little practice, these tips and tools can help you manage your finances successfully.

At a minimum, we recommend that you check  CalCentral regularly to make sure you stay current about your financial situation and updated balance.

Tracking Your Charges and Your Balance

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