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Cost of Attendance

Student Budgets 2018-19

(Finding 2017-18 student budgets.)

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 (this amount may be waived if you can demonstrate 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.  

Did you know? 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.   

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. 

Please note: 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. Information is subject to change.

Undergraduate Student Budgets 2018-19

Updated March 29, 2018

Academic Year 2018-19


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 $14,194 $14,194 $14,194 $14,194
Room and Board $16,160* $12,854*    
Total Direct Costs $30,354 $27,048 $14,194 $14,194
Other Estimated Costs
Housing and Utilities     $9,508 $2,772
Food $1,604 $3,580 $4,380 $3,260
Books and Supplies $850 $850 $850

$850

Personal $1,832 $1,832 $1,828 $1,944
Transportation $390 $390 $556 $1,472
Total Cost of Attendance $35,030* $33,700 $31,316 $24,492

*Students living in Bowles Hall add $4,092. New undergraduate students entering in fall 2018 or spring 2019 add $475 for the New Student Programming and Orientation fee and $375 for housing during orientation, if living in a residence hall or university apartment in the fall term.

Optional Student Health Insurance Plan add $2,994. Out-of-state residents add $28,992 in Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. 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.

Graduate Student Budget 2018-19

Updated March 29, 2018

Academic Year 2018-19

Academic
Programs

Professional
​Programs

Direct Costs Charged by UC Berkeley
Tuition and Fees $14,194 $14,194
Total Direct Costs $14,194 $14,194
Other Estimated Costs
Housing and Utilities $14,726 $16,530
Food $6,872 $7,630
Books and Supplies $834 $598
Personal $2,138 $2,586
Transportation $2,552 $3,002
Total Cost of Attendance $41,316 $44,540

Optional Student Health Insurance Plan, add $4,746. Nonresidents of California, add $15,102 in nonresident supplemental tuition and 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. 

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.