As a parent of a UC Berkeley student you will already have invested significant time and resources in preparing your son or daughter for college life.
The following sections are designed to answer basic questions you may have while preparing your student for college and beyond. Check out Types of Aid to start your search for resources and information.
This guide is meant to help inform parents of UC Berkeley students. However, some UC Berkeley students are also parents. Visit our Parent Grant page to learn about a special grant offered to parents attending UC Berkeley. Student parents can also find help and resources at the Student Parent Center.
- Financing an Education
- Planning and Estimating
- Family Contribution
- Students Who Are Not Residents of California
- Applying for Financial AidIf your student is a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, they apply for financial aid every year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline for completing the FAFSA is March 2 every year, but if you miss the deadline, complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. You can help your student keep track of this filing deadline by marking your calendar each year and working with them to start this process during the mid-year school break. Visit our Apply for Aid page for more information. California Residents Visit the California Student Aid Commission website for information on applying for Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship funds. If your student attended high school in California and is not eligible to submit a FAFSA, they may be eligible for California Dream Act aid. See Undocumented and Dreamer Student information on the California Student Aid Commission website for details and to access the California Dream Act Application. Also visit our Berkeley Undergraduate Dream Act Aid page for more information about California Dream Act Aid at Berkeley. The deadline to apply for Cal Grant or California Dream Act funds is March 2 each year.
- Tracking Down Financial Resources
- Get Access
- Grants and Scholarships? How Can You Get Them?
- Consider Accepting an Offered Parent Loan
- Private Loans
- Gaining Financial LiteracyThere are many tools to help students and families estimate costs, budget, keep track of aid and bills due, and maximize their funds. Below are some links to help you get started: