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Cost of Attendance

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Student Budgets 2020-21

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, including grants and scholarships, 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 (can be waived if enrolled in equivalent coverage)
 

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

The Cal Rentals website provides information about the typical market cost of a one-bedroom apartment and other rental resources in the areas surrounding UC Berkeley. The UC Office of the President also provides information about off-campus housing costs.


​Please note: The amount of grants and scholarships awarded are subject to change and may be prorated based on a student's actual budget type, i.e. residence hall versus off-campus apartment. 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. Some or all instruction for all or part of Academic Year 2020-2021 may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year. Information is subject to change.
 

Undergraduate Student Budgets 2020-21

Updated August 7,2020

Academic Year 2020-21


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 $14,312 $14,312 $14,312 $14,312
Room and Board $19,620 $14,720    
Student Health Insurance Plan $3,536 $3,536 $3,536 $3,536
Total Direct Costs $37,468 $32,568 $17,848 $17,848
Other Estimated Costs
Housing and Utilities     $10,868 $2,704
Food $1,476 $3,792 $4,508 $3,808
Books and Supplies $1,094 $1,094 $1,094

$1,094

Personal $1,802 $1,802 $1,738 $2,088
Transportation $620 $620 $864 $1,950
Total Cost of Attendance $42,460 $39,876 $36,920 $29,492

Tuition & Fees: Out-of-state residents add $29,754 in Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. Figures for systemwide tuition and fees represent currently approved amounts and may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California. Final approved 2020-21 tuition and fee levels may be higher or lower than the amounts presented. 

Room & Board: Residence hall room & board costs include an $80 fee for a MicroChill refrigerator and microwave combination unit for all buildings except Blackwell Hall and Bowles Hall. Students living in Bowles Hall add $2,462. 

Student Health Insurance Plan: Is optional and can be waived with proof of insurance that is equivalent to SHIP or better. 

Graduate Student Budgets 2020-21

Updated August 7, 2020

Academic Year 2019-20

Academic
Programs

Professional
​Programs

Direct Costs Charged by UC Berkeley
Tuition and Fees $14,246 $14,246
Student Health Insurance Plan $5,682 $5,682
Total Direct Costs $19,928 $19,928
Other Estimated Costs
Housing and Utilities $15,646 $17,564
Food $7,288 $8,094
Books and Supplies $362 $634
Personal $2,266 $2,744
Transportation $2,676 $3,186
Total Cost of Attendance $48,166 $52,150

Tuition & Fees: Out-of-state residents in Graduate Academic Programs, add $15,102 in Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. 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. 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.

Figures for systemwide tuition and fees represent currently approved amounts and may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California. Final approved 2020-21 tuition and fee levels may be higher or lower than the amounts presented.

Student Health Insurance Plan: Is optional and can be waived with proof of insurance that is equivalent to SHIP or better.  

​Undergraduate Student Budgets 2019-20

Updated July 7, 2019

Academic Year 2019-20


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 $14,254 $14,254 $14,254 $14,254
Room and Board $17,220 $13,692    
Student Health Insurance Plan $3,286 $3,286 $3,286 $3,286
Total Direct Costs $34,760 $31,232 $17,540 $17,540
Other Estimated Costs
Housing and Utilities     $9,916 $2,884
Food $1,644 $3,668 $4,488 $3,342
Books and Supplies $870 $870 $870

$870

Personal $1,876 $1,876 $1,872 $1,992
Transportation $400 $400 $570 $1,510
Total Cost of Attendance $39,550 $38,046 $35,256 $28,138

Tuition & 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. Out-of-state residents add $29,754 in Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. 

Room & Board: Students living in Bowles Hall add $3,680. New undergraduate students entering in Fall 2020, add $380 for housing during orientation, if you plan on living in a residence hall or university apartment in the fall term.

Student Health Insurance Plan: Is optional and can be waived with proof of insurance that is equivalent to SHIP or better. 

Graduate Student Budgets 2019-20

Updated July 2, 2019

Academic Year 2019-20

Academic
Programs

Professional
​Programs

Direct Costs Charged by UC Berkeley
Tuition and Fees $14,188 $14,188
Student Health Insurance Plan $5,240 $5,240
Total Direct Costs $19,428 $19,428
Other Estimated Costs
Housing and Utilities $15,442 $17,332
Food $7,116 $7,902
Books and Supplies $354 $620
Personal $2,214 $2,678
Transportation $2,612 $3,110
Total Cost of Attendance $47,166 $51,070

Tuition & 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. Out-of-state residents add $15,102 in Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.

Student Health Insurance Plan: Is optional and can be waived with proof of insurance that is equivalent to SHIP or better.

Graduate Tuition & Fees: 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.