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Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship

The Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship is the University of California's most historic program, and recognizes the academic merits of undergraduates. Each year 2,500 students receive a Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship, funded from one or more of our 800 university and private philanthropy funds. There is no application process other than applying for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application.


New and continuing students who meet the criteria set by the Academic Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Honors and Financial Aid are awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need.

California residents and AB540 eligible students entering from high school with a 4.1 grade point average (GPA) or better 

California residents and AB 540 eligible students entering from a community college entering students with a 3.5 GPA or better

Continuing students are awarded with a 3.5 GPA or better

The amount of the scholarship award is based on your level of financial need. Students with financial need and a GPA below the 3.5 threshold are awarded a University Grant.

Viewing your Scholarship(s)

Your "Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship" will appear in CalCentral beginning in the spring. Starting in the late summer, the amount of the scholarship will convert to an actual named scholarship award. For example, your $6,000 Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship may be converted to two different scholarships, like a Campanile Scholarship for $4,500 and a Phoebe Hearst Scholarship for $1,500.  The named scholarships should total to the same amount of your initial Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship award, unless there is a change to your overall eligibility.

To Be Considered

California Residents Not Yet Admitted to Berkeley

Complete and submit the University of California Application for Freshman or Transfer Admission and Scholarships by the deadline. Because some scholarships are awarded to students who meet specific criteria established by donor, cite your characteristics, such as ancestry and professional interests, in the "Scholarships" section.

Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  or the California Dream Act Application by the March 2 deadline.

Continuing Berkeley Students

Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application by the March 2 deadline each year.