Housing Security Deposit Award Fund
Students helping Students obtain safe, secure, and stable housing.
Your UC Berkeley education should to be accessible regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, immigration status, criminal record, or your socioeconomic status.
The Housing Security Deposit Award Fund was established to empower student success in the face of economic injustice. This self-generating award is funded by student fees and was created through a popularly supported student fee referendum. Students are now helping enrolled students who need assistance in paying security deposits to obtain safe, secure, and stable housing.
This award is intended to be repaid once you have moved out and your security deposit is returned. These funds will go towards helping the next student, like you, find safe, secure, and stable housing.
Do I Qualify?
To be considered for the Housing Security Deposit Award, complete the application and schedule an in-person appointment with us here at the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. We want ensure that all of your basic needs are being met during our assessment. However, we recognize that it some cases an in-person appointment may not be possible. To move forward in the process, please upload or fax the application through Cal Central.
Other Supportive Resources
Cal Fresh: Cal Fresh Clinics are available on campus during the academic year to assist you with applying.
Food Pantry: You may utilize the food pantry here on campus. Students may visit the pantry twice per month.
Budgeting Help: If you need some assistance with creating a budget, you should check out Bears for Financial Success. Bears for Financial Success is a peer to peer financial wellness program that can help students with things like budgeting, creating a spending plan, and just help with managing personal finances. You can schedule an appointment online using the like above.
If you are a past recipient of the award, and would like to contribute back to the self-generating fund and repay some or all of what you were awarded, you can DONATE HERE.