FASO Newsletter Tracker

May 2024

 

FAFSA SIMPLIFICATION

 

Making Correction to Your FAFSA

The ability to make corrections to a “Processed” 2024–25 FAFSA is now available. The Department of Education has provided detailed information on how to correct the most common FAFSA form errors (including missing signatures or consent, changing responses to loan questions, and other corrections). Visit the How to Correct or Update Your FAFSA Form page on studentaid.gov for more information.

 

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If You Filed For Aid (FAFSA) with a Short-Term Work-Around

A number of students used temporary work-arounds to file for 2024–25 financial aid by the May 2 priority deadline (especially students with mixed status families). If you used a work-around—for example, filing for only unsubsidized loans or filing CADAA instead of a FAFSA—you still need to take action. Refer to the new FAQ on our FAFSA Simplification web page: I used a short-term work-around to submit my FAFSA by the May 2 priority deadline, what do I need to do now?

 

Support for Students with Mixed Status Families

All students should be able to submit a completed FAFSA now, even with contributors who don’t have a Social Security Number (SSN). If you’re still having issues, please refer to the Federal Student Aid resource How to Submit the 2024-25 FAFSA Form if Your Contributor Doesn’t Have an SSN (updated May 2024). The linked resource includes information on how a contributor can update incorrect FSA ID account information by first invalidating their current account, then creating a new one (page 7 of the PDF), as well as other helpful trouble-shooting measures. 

 

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Emergency Loan Program Dates

The Spring 2024 Emergency Loan application closes on Friday, May 10th. The Summer 2024 Emergency Loan application opens on Monday, May 20th. Visit the Short Term Emergency Loan page for more information about Emergency Loans.

 

Summer Financial Aid – Apply by June 1, 2024

Thinking about enrolling in a Summer Session and interested in knowing what type of funding is available? If you are an admitted UC Berkeley student enrolled in a minimum of 6 summer units, and meet all other Summer eligibility requirements, a Summer financial aid package will be made available. Please keep in mind that you will need to file a 2023-24 FAFSA or CADAA by the priority deadline of Saturday, June 1, 2024, in order for us to determine your eligibility for summer financial aid. If you will be enrolling at another UC campus during the summer and wish to apply for financial aid, you can complete the Summer Intercampus Financial Aid Application through the Berkeley Financial Aid Forms portal.

 

The application must be filed no later than June 30, 2024. 

 

 

April 2024

 

2024-25 Financial Aid Packages Coming in May!

2024-25 financial aid packages for continuing students will start to be available via CalCentral in May. Be sure to visit the My Finances tab in CalCentral to view your offer once posted. If you haven’t submitted your 2024-25 application yet, it’s not too late. Be sure to apply for aid by the May 2 priority deadline.

 

How to Make Correction to a Filed FAFSA

The ability to make corrections to a “Processed” 2024–25 FAFSA is now available. The Department of Education has provided detailed information on how to correct the most common FAFSA form errors. Visit the How to Correct or Update Your FAFSA Form page on studentaid.gov for more information.

 

2024-25 Economic Hardship Appeal Forms Available May 15

Starting May 15, you will be able to submit an Economic Hardship appeal for the 2024-25 academic year via the Berkeley Financial Aid Forms portal if the Parent Contribution or Student Contribution from your aid application does not accurately reflect your current situation.  Before submitting an appeal, review our Economic Hardship Appeal flyer to learn if this is the right step for you. To estimate how an Economic Hardship appeal may impact your financial aid for next year, please review our How to Estimate Your Financial Aid page. Please note: if you have been selected for financial aid verification for 2024-25, you will not be able to submit an Economic Hardship appeal until after your verification is completed.

 

May 2 Deadline for Filing the Aid Application

May 2, 2024 is the priority deadline to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Application (CADAA) for consideration for the California state financial aid (Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship).

 

If you submitted a FAFSA prior to May 2, but it is rejected for parent or student signature, or other required corrections, you will be considered to have met the deadline as your aid application receipt date would be prior to May 2.

 

If your parent is having trouble getting a FSA ID to sign into the FAFSA and you are concerned about meeting the May 2, 2024 California grant deadline to file the FAFSA, please consider submitting the FAFSA without the parent information before May 2, 2024 in order to get a receipt date that meets the requirement to file by May 2.

 

Work-Study/LAEP

The last day to earn your 2023-24 work-study/LAEP award is Friday, May 10th. If you need to increase your award, you may have loans eligible for conversion to work-study/LAEP via CalCentral. The last date to complete a conversion request is Tuesday, April 30th.

 

While there is no summer work-study/LAEP available, if you are a continuing student you may be able to earn work-study/LAEP as early as July 1st using your 2024-25 work-study/LAEP award. Accept your 2024-25 work-study/LAEP award in CalCentral and begin your search for a work-study/LAEP job in the 2024-25 academic year by logging into the Work-Study Management System (WSMS). 

 

Become a BUILD Reading Mentor

Earn work study or field units by helping K-5th graders grow their reading skills! BUILD mentors work in teams at 17 East Bay elementary after school programs to support struggling readers. If you do not have work study, you can mentor for units or as a volunteer. Average time commitment is 5-10 hours/week in the afternoons.  Submit your application starting Sunday, May 12th

 

Loan Acceptance Deadline

If you have loans that have not been accepted yet for spring term, the deadline to do so is Tuesday, April 30. Learn more on the Loans page of our website.

 

Emergency Loan Program Dates

The Spring 2024 Emergency Loan application closes on Friday, May 10th. The Summer 2024 Emergency Loan application opens on Monday, May 20th. Visit the Short Term Emergency Loan page for more information about Emergency Loans.

 

Summer Financial Aid – Apply by June 1, 2024

Thinking about enrolling in a Summer Session and interested in knowing what type of funding is available?  You must be an admitted UC Berkeley student enrolled in a minimum of 6 summer units, and meet all other summer eligibility requirements, and have a financial aid award . Please keep in mind that you will need to file a 2023-24 FAFSA or CADAA by the priority deadline of Saturday , June 1, 2024, in order for us to determine your eligibility for summer financial aid. If you will be enrolling at another UC campus during the summer and wish to apply for financial aid, you can complete the Summer Intercampus Financial Aid Application through the Berkeley Financial Aid Forms portal.

 

The application must be filed no later than June 30th, 2024. 

 

2024-25 CA Enrollment Acknowledgement

As part of your Fall 2024 class enrollment, you must acknowledge notifications required by California State Law prior to enrollment. 

 

Action Required

  • To complete this requirement, see the Tasks section of your Dashboard page in CalCentral. 
  • Look for the task titled “CA Enrollment Acknowledgment” under your Finances tasks.
  • Click the “Respond” button to review and acknowledge the notification.

 

Note: You will not be able to enroll in fall 2024 classes until this requirement is complete.

 

2024-25 Verification Priority Deadline

Students attending Berkeley starting in fall 2024 have until Sunday, June 30th to complete their verification requirements to ensure funding by the start of the fall term. Get a jump start on your 2024-25 verification process today! 

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Financial aid regulations require that students meet specific Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to maintain eligibility for financial aid. Your academic record will be reviewed at the end of each Spring semester to determine if you are meeting SAP. This will determine whether or not you are eligible for financial aid in the following Summer, Fall and Spring semesters.

 

What this means for you 

If you are not meeting SAP after we evaluate progress at the end of Spring 2024, your eligibility for financial aid for Summer and beyond will be put on hold. 

  • Please note: Summer financial aid is awarded and disbursed before Spring grades are made available. If Summer aid is disbursed to you, and you are later determined to not meet SAP after Spring grades, your Summer aid will be cancelled, and a SAP Appeal will be made available for you.
  • If you are currently following an approved SAP Appeal, Summer aid will not be disbursed until after Spring grades are posted and progress is evaluated.

If a SAP Appeal is required, an appeal will be assigned for you to complete through the Berkeley Financial Aid Forms portal.  Please review the appeal form to ensure you include all required documentation by  the appropriate deadline.  

The SAP Appeal priority deadlines for 2024-2025 are:

  • Summer 2024: Friday, June 21, 2024
  • Fall 2024: Friday, September 13, 2024
  • Spring 2025: Friday, February 7, 2025

 

Center for Financial Wellness – Happy Financial Literacy Month!

Our dedicated team has curated a range of workshops and events throughout April, designed to empower you with essential money management skills. Embrace this time to revisit your financial goals, delve into effective budgeting techniques, uncover savvy savings strategies, delve into investment planning, and strengthen your overall financial management prowess. 

Explore our Event Calendar, and embark on a journey towards financial empowerment with the Center for Financial Wellness. Register for our upcoming workshops! April workshops include:

Mastering the Plastic: A Comprehensive Workshop on Credit Cards : Join us to learn about the importance of credit cards, explore the costs of credit cards, and discuss strategies for responsible credit card usage. Whether you’re new to credit or seeking to optimize your credit management, this workshop will provide you with resources to help build a stronger financial foundation and learn to shop for credit cards. 

 

Mastering Financial Foundations: The Art of Saving and Banking : This session, we will explore the fundamental principles of effective money management, focusing on saving and banking. We will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills to confidently navigate your financial journey. Together, we will learn how to set savings goals, understand various banking options, and discover tools that can help you start saving now.

  • 4/23 | 5-6pm
  • Registration link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IDXWoKExT6m5JnYo7gcaRA

Moving Out of the Dorms (Apartment Hunting & Housing Options) : Are you planning to move out of the dorms and into off-campus housing? Our workshop “Smooth Move” is designed to guide you through the essential steps of this significant transition.

  • 4/25 | 2-2:45pm
  • Registration Link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b1mOwil-Sc20iSitRgkkBg
  1. Follow us on Instagram@UCB.FinancialWellness to learn more about upcoming events and continuous learning. Keep an eye out for upcoming raffles + prizes 👀

 

Student Tech Equity Program (STEP)

Students with financial need are invited to submit an application for the Spring Semester to the Student Tech Equity Program (STEP) to request a laptop, iClicker and other related technology for the 2023-24 academic year. Spring applications are open through Sunday, April 21st. For students who have devices to return, please initiate this process by visiting https://tinyurl.com/STEPReturns. For more information and/or additional questions please email us at ucbstep@berkeley.edu or schedule an office hours appointment with a STEP team member.

Undocumented Student Program and UndocuGrads

Do you identify as a Dream Aid Recipient and/or Undocumented student? If so, please complete this form to be in touch with the Undocumented Student Program and UndocuGrads! Please email undocu@berkeley.edu or undocugrad@berkeley.edu with any questions.

 

March 2024

Complete your 2024-25 Financial Aid Application 

Did You Know…?

Berkeley students receive over $900 million in financial aid each year. Completing the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application is the first step to receiving financial aid. 2024-2025 financial aid applications are open now! The priority deadline is Tuesday, April 2.

FAFSA Application Workshop–second date added due to popular demand

 

Spring Break Services

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and Cal Student Central will adjust student services and hours during spring break week from March 25th-29th.  At least one CSC full-time staff member will be on-site to collect documents, provide emergency loan checks, etc. Students will still be able to submit cases via an online form. As a reminder, the University will be closed on Friday, March 29th to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day and honor the civil rights leader, labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America. 

Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request Deadline

The deadline to submit a Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request is Friday, April 5. You can learn more about the process, including expenses typically considered for Cost of Attendance Adjustments as well as the maximum amounts allowed for each expense on the Cost of Attendance Adjustment page on our website.

Apply to be a College Corps Fellow for 2024-25

Are you passionate about a community social justice issue like K-12 education, health and housing, or environmental justice? You can reduce your college debt by serving on an issue you care about. Apply to be a College Corp Fellow for 2024-25 by Sunday, April 14. Through College Corps–an exciting statewide service initiative–you can:

  • Receive $10,000: $7,000 in living stipend & a $3,000 Education Award after 450 hours
  • Serve 450 hours (Aug 2024-July, 2025) in an in-person community service placement
  • Focus on an issue: Environmental Justice, K-12 Education, or Behavioral Health/Wellness & Housing
  • Learn & Grow: Fellow meet every other week in Pods where they learn and share from each other and grow skills through training and professional development
    Check your eligibility and learn more on the College Corps web page! Or find other stipended public service opportunities for next year.

Undocumented students with unmet financial need are welcome to apply.

Student Tech Equity Program (STEP)

Students with financial need are invited to submit an application for the Spring Semester to the Student Tech Equity Program (STEP) to request a laptop, iClicker and other related technology for the 2023-24 academic year. Spring applications are open through Sunday, April 21st. For students who have devices to return, please initiate this process by visiting https://tinyurl.com/STEPReturns. For more information and/or additional questions please email us at ucbstep@berkeley.edu or schedule an office hours appointment with a STEP team member.

 

Loan Acceptance Deadline

If you have loans that have not been accepted yet for spring term, the deadline to do so is Tuesday, April 30. Learn more on the Loans page of our website.

 

Estimate Your Summer Financial Aid

Not sure if summer is right for you? You can now estimate your cost and financial aid for Summer Sessions in CalCentral. The Summer 2024 Cost and Aid Estimator can be found under the Summer Sessions heading in the Financial Resources section of CalCentral. To be eligible for aid, be sure you have submitted a 2023-24 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by Saturday, June 1 and enroll in a minimum of 6 units for summer. To view additional eligibility criteria and learn more about the process, visit the Summer Aid page on our website.

Undocumented Student Program and UndocuGrads

Do you identify as a Dream Aid Recipient and/or Undocumented student? If so, please complete this form to be in touch with the Undocumented Student Program and UndocuGrads! Please email undocu@berkeley.edu or undocugrad@berkeley.edu with any questions.

FAFSA SIMPLIFICATION

Reminder: The New FAFSA Form for 2024–25 is LIVE!

We expect to have financial aid packages available for continuing students beginning in May 2024, same as previous years, provided that you complete your aid application by the April 2, 2024 priority deadline.

Note: The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office awards gift aid based on financial need and not on a first-come-first-served basis. Completing your aid application before the priority deadline ensures your consideration for all aid you are eligible for, based on your application information.

Update for Mixed Status Families: 

The Department of Education has resolved 2 critical errors that have been preventing many families from completing the FAFSA:

  • contributors who were unable to access the form due to not having an SSN can now complete the FAFSA after being invited by the student to do so. 
  • contributors without an SSN who received the message “unauthorized to act on the student’s behalf” when logging in are now able to complete their portion of the application. 

While these fixes do not address all the obstacles Mixed Status Families are facing, they will allow many to move forward with their application process. Review the Department of Education’s new tips document for FAFSA Contributor Updates for additional information.

For some this may not be the answer to your specific barrier in completing the current FAFSA, however, our office is dedicated to ensuring you have the most up-to-date information regarding these types of application technical issues as they are resolved. 

FAFSA Corrections:

If you’ve already submitted your FAFSA, you are already well on your way for 2024-25. We know that sometimes, however, you may want or need to change the information you reported when you initially completed the application. The Department of Education is reporting that the ability to correct your 2024-25 FAFSA form that is in a “Processed” status will be available later this month. See the How to Correct or Update Your FAFSA Form page on studentaid.gov for more information.

For additional information on completing your FAFSA application, visit our FAFSA Simplification webpage.

Center for Financial Wellness 

Our dedicated team has curated a range of workshops and events throughout March, designed to empower you with essential money management skills. Embrace this opportunity to revisit your financial goals, delve into effective budgeting techniques, uncover savvy savings strategies, delve into investment planning, and strengthen your overall financial management prowess. Explore our Event Calendar, and embark on a journey towards financial empowerment with the Center for Financial Wellness.

Programming Overview:

1. Join us at the 2024 Blue and Gold Pathway Conference hosted by the Center for Financial Wellness and the ASUC Office of Senator Grottel-Brown to begin mapping your financial journey in college and beyond! This conference offers interactive workshops, alumni and student panels, and insightful discussion on budgeting, saving, investing, debt management, tax resources, salary negotiation and more. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain valuable insights and tips on managing your finances. Space is limited, register now to secure your spot!

2. Follow us on Instagram@UCB.FinancialWellness to learn more about upcoming events and continuous learning. 

3. Register for our upcoming March and April workshops! March workshops include:

  • 3/22 – Tax Workshop by UC Berkeley VITA – Graduate Students: This session, designed for graduate students, is to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the tax season with confidence.  Led by UC Berkeley Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), we will learn more about tax and explore valuable resources together. Let’s get started on your journey to understanding taxes and maximizing your financial well-being!
  • 3/22 – Smooth Move, Moving out of the Dorms: Are you planning to move out of the dorms and into off-campus housing? Our workshop “Smooth Move” is designed to guide you through the essential steps of this significant transition.
 
 

February 2024

Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request Deadline

The deadline to submit a Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request is Friday, April 5, 2024. You can learn more about the process, including expenses typically considered for Cost of Attendance Adjustments as well as the maximum amounts allowed for each expense on the Cost of Attendance Adjustment page on our website.

Census Proration 

Census and Federal Pell & Cal Grants and MCS: Breaking it all down…

Federal Pell Grant, Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) recipients enrolled in less than 12 units in the spring 2024 term either had their aid prorated or adjusted to reflect their level of enrollment at the 5th week of instruction, as of Friday, February 16, 2024.  Review and aid adjustment will occur through the first week of March.  If your award is prorated, you will receive a communication from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office informing you that your Pell Grant, Cal Grant,  and/or MCS award has been adjusted. The award adjustment may be supplemented with a combination of aid sources based on your eligibility and available funding.  You can find more information on reduced course load on the How Aid Works webpage.

Once spring census and proration is complete, spring term Pell Grants, Cal Grants, and MCS awards will not be adjusted due to enrollment changes, even if you add or drop the number of units in which you are enrolled. However, Pell Grants may be further adjusted if you withdraw from all classes before the end of the academic term, or if a professor reports “non-attendance” in any course within that term. Like with census proration, a reduction to a Pell Grant based on an end of term change may be supplemented with a combination of aid sources, if funding is available. 

 

[HOLD FAFSA SIMPLIFICATION UPDATE]

 

CADAA Workshops and Clinics

Financial Aid & Scholarships Office (FASO) and the Undocumented Student Program (USP) are hosting workshops and clinics to assist you in your application submission, beginning February 20th and leading up to the CADAA priority deadline on April 2nd!

 

 

[PLACEHOLDER FAFSA COMPLETION WORKSHOP ON 3/15]

 

Meet your Financial Aid and Scholarships and Center for Financial Wellness Team

Come learn more about the Center for Financial Wellness and the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office on March 14th from 12pm-5pm! Familiarize yourself with the staff and financial wellness peer advisors that are here to serve YOU! 

 

We will be tabling on Upper Sproul in collaboration with the Office of ASUC Senator Kailen Grottel-Brown, sharing various resources on financial aid and financial literacy. 

 

Center for Financial Wellness 

Celebrate the month of love by nurturing your financial well-being with the Center for Financial Wellness. Our dedicated team has curated a range of workshops and events throughout February, designed to empower you with essential money management skills. Embrace this opportunity to revisit your financial goals, delve into effective budgeting techniques, uncover savvy savings strategies, delve into investment planning, and strengthen your overall financial management prowess. Explore our February Event Calendar, and embark on a journey towards financial empowerment with the Center for Financial Wellness.

Programming Overview:

  1. Follow us on Instagram@UCB.FinancialWellness to learn more about upcoming events and continuous learning. 
  2. Register for our upcoming Spring workshops! February workshops include:
  • 2/26 – My Finances Spring Cleaning: Join us to learn how to navigate your MyFinances page on CalCentral to develop your spending plan for the school year. Together, you’ll walk through the My Finances section and determine where you can find your financial aid information and demystify student loans. 
  • 2/28 – Salary Negotiation  – Academic Positions – You’ve spent years strategizing how to get that tenure-track offer; now what? Negotiations are about much more than salary; they also determine whether you’ll have ready access to the resources you’ll need to be successful in your new role as an assistant professor. This workshop led by Andrew Green, from Berkeley Career Engagement, offers practical tools for strengthening your negotiation skills and achieving win-win outcomes for Academic Positions. 
  • 3/6 Salary Negotiation  – Industry Positions- Join us for the Salary Negotiation Workshop led by Andrew Green from Berkeley Career Engagement. Learn essential skills to confidently negotiate your salary for Industry positions. Gain insights on industry standards, effective talking points, and overcoming common challenges. Elevate your financial well-being by mastering the art of negotiation. Let’s dive in!
  1. Read “My Financial Coach Experience” from Berkeley Life featuring our Financial Wellness Coach. Learn more about
  • Financial guidance for students
  • Appointment process
  • Common topics 
  • And more!

Work-Study/Learning Aligned Employment Program (LAEP)

Mark your calendars! Work-Study/LAEP jobs for the 2024-25 year will be advertised beginning March 11, 2024 within the Work-Study Management System (WSMS). Get a head start by updating your resume and/or cover letter so that you can be prepared to apply for jobs soon after they are advertised. 

 

Student Tech Equity Program (STEP)

Students with financial need are invited to submit an application for the Spring Semester to the Student Tech Equity Program (STEP) to request a laptop, iClicker and other related technology for the 2023-24 academic year. Spring applications are open through April 21st. For students who have devices to return, please initiate this process by visiting https://tinyurl.com/STEPReturns. For more information and/or additional questions please email us at ucbstep@berkeley.edu or schedule an office hours appointment with a STEP team member.

 

Undocumented Student Program and UndocuGrads

Do you identify as a Dream Aid Recipient and/or Undocumented student? If so, please complete this form to be in touch with the Undocumented Student Program and UndocuGrads! Please email undocu@berkeley.edu or undocugrad@berkeley.edu with any questions.

 

 

 

January 2024

 

Make sure your semester gets off to a smooth start!

Review and complete all outstanding tasks and resolve any holds in the CalCentral student portal. 

 

New for 2023-4 – Academic Participation Assignment 

The University has implemented a new system to guarantee that all undergraduate and graduate students receiving financial aid are participating in each of their courses at the start of the semester and we need your action! The University will verify student participation in their courses via a reading assignment on Academic Integrity which will consist of a single question. The University created this assignment to meet federal requirements established by the Department of Education. The assignment will be required for all students, regardless of their financial aid status, since their status can change throughout the year. 

 

Check for an assignment on Academic Integrity, which will either be automatically generated in bCourses for you to complete or be sent in a direct email to you with a link.  You can learn more about the requirement on our website’s Eligibility for Financial Aid at UC Berkeley page and how to complete the assignment in this knowledge base article. Please be on the lookout for these assignments in the first few weeks of the spring semester.

 

2024-25 Aid Applications now live [PLACEHOLDER]

  • Include 1/23 webinar info
  • Support for students from mix-ed status families: The President’s Alliance, along with Immigrants Rising and the National College Attainment Network is hosting a webinar on how students, educators, and families can prepare for current and upcoming financial aid cycles and offer strategies regarding the new FAFSA form’s potential impact on mixed-status families. Register for this event taking place at 11am on January 24, 2024.

EFC Appeal Deadline

The deadline to submit an Expected Family Contribution Appeal for the 2022-2023 academic year is February 3, 2024.  If your family income has changed since you submitted your aid application for the 2023-2024 academic year, you can submit an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) appeal via the Berkeley Financial Aid Forms website. Watch our short video and review our EFC Appeal flyer to learn if this is the right step for you.

 

Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request Deadline

The deadline to request a Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request is Friday, April 5, 2024. You can learn more about the process, including expenses typically considered for Cost of Attendance Adjustments as well as the maximum amounts allowed for each expense on the Cost of Attendance Adjustment page on our website.

Brilliance of Berkeley Course

There is still room in the new Brilliance of Berkeley course offered by the College of Letters & Science, designed to provide incoming students with an unforgettable introduction to the exceptional instruction and accomplishments of UC Berkeley’s diverse faculty. This is a great course for students looking for an additional one unit!

 

Center for Financial Wellness 

Start the new year by investing in your financial health with the Center for Financial Wellness. Our team has planned a series of workshops and events for the Financial Wellness Month, providing essential skills and tools to enhance your money management skills. 

This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on your personal financial goals, learn about effective budgeting, discover smart savings strategies, explore investment planning, and bolster overall financial management skills. Check out the Event Calendar we have prepared for the month and take control of your finances with the Center for Financial Wellness.

Programming Overview:

  1. Design Contest: Submit artwork that represents financial wellness for a chance to win a cash prize and feature your art in our promotional materials. Showcase your amazing art and creativity to win $$$! The grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card along with merchandise featuring their winning design.
  2. Social Media Campaign (Jan. 22 – Jan. 26): Follow us on Instagram (@BeWellCal and @UCB.FinancialWellness) for a chance to win prizes.
  3. Meet us in person at Sproul Plaza: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31 from 12-2pm. 
  • 1/17 Explore campus resources: Tabling with the TRiO Program and the Basic Need Center
  • 1/24 All about Food: Connect with our Financial Wellness Coach and learn more about food resources in the neighborhood
  • 1/31 Book Swap! Bring a book and exchange it for another one with Center for Financial Wellness
  1. Webinar Series from 1-2 pm:
  • Jan. 23 New Year, New FAFSA: Unpacking the FAFSA Simplification Act
  • Jan. 24 Smooth Move: Your Guide to Moving Out the Dorms
  • Jan. 30 Making Student Employment Works for You
  • Jan. 31 Your Guide to Money Saving Apps

 

Student Tech Equity Program (STEP)

Students with financial need are invited to submit an application for the Fall Semester to the Student Tech Equity Program (STEP) to request a laptop, iClicker and other related technology for the 2023-24 academic year. Spring applications are open through April 21st. For students who have devices to return, please initiate this process by visiting https://tinyurl.com/STEPReturns. For more information and/or additional questions please email us at ucbstep@berkeley.edu or schedule an office hours appointment with a STEP team member.

 

Undocumented Student Program and UndocuGrads

Do you identify as a Dream Aid Recipient and/or Undocumented student? If so, please complete this form to be in touch with the Undocumented Student Program and UndocuGrads! Please email undocu@berkeley.edu or undocugrad@berkeley.edu with any questions.

 

Explore Spring Opportunities — $20 Giveaway through January 27

The start of the semester is a great time to find and apply for research opportunities, scholarships, and more! Sign into the Discovery Database to find upcoming opportunities and attend a workshop on finding the next opportunity for you! Undergrads who log in between January 10 to 27 will be entered to win a $20 gift card to the Cal Student Store.