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Meeting Nonresident Costs

Information for Out-of-State Residents

Congratulations on your admission to the University of California, Berkeley! UC Berkeley offers an exciting undergraduate academic experience that ranks among the very best in the world.

As a new student, you have likely already reviewed your offer of financial aid on CalCentral and begun to plan your budget for the coming year. Don't forget to also read our Fund Your Future flyer for more information. In addition, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office would like to outline a few factors to consider as you prepare for your first year at Berkeley. 

Develop a Multi-Year Financial Plan

We recognize that economic situations can be challenging, and for students coming from outside of California there can be additional financial challenges to consider. Our goal is to help you receive all federal financial aid for which you qualify. New students who are not residents of California will not be eligible for our need-based grants, but may be considered for some UC Scholarships. 

We receive many inquiries from nonresidents of California asking for help with nonresident supplemental tuition and fees. As you enter UC Berkeley, it is imperative that you have a plan for how to meet your financial needs until the time you graduate and with the understanding that neither need-based institutional funds nor institutional funds to cover nonresident expenses, which exceed $28,000 annually, are available. 

Understand Residency Requirements

Many nonresident students assume that they can easily establish California residency and pay in-state fees in subsequent years. Obtaining California residency is very difficult. Students physically present in California solely for educational purposes will not be eligible for resident classification regardless of the length of their stay in California. For more information, please see the Office of the Registrar's web page.

Enroll in the Tuition and Fee Payment Plan

You may choose to enroll in the Tuition and Fee Payment Plan, which allows you to pay fall or spring semester tuition and fees in five monthly installments. To sign up, log into your CalCentral account.

Remember that Parent PLUS Loans Require a Credit Check

If your financial aid awards include a Parent PLUS Loan, please be aware that all PLUS Loan applications are subject to a credit check. If the loan is denied, your family needs to be prepared to find alternate funding sources.

Note that Financial Aid Awards Are Not Negotiated

UC Berkeley does not negotiate financial aid awards in response to offers from other schools. If the other university has information about your family's financial situation that we don't have, or if you think we made a mistake in our assessment, please contact us to discuss a possible re-assessment of your need for federal aid purposes.

Research Outside Scholarships

We strongly encourage you to research and apply for outside scholarships to help meet the cost of attending UC Berkeley. For more information, please see our Outside Scholarship Resources web page.


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 to State funding or other developments.