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University of California at Berkeley Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$29,572 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$11,220 tuition
$15,482 on campus room & board
$1,226 books and supplies
$1,644 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$52,450 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$34,098 tuition
$15,482 on campus room & board
$1,226 books and supplies
$1,644 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$9,393 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
69% of students receive aid
27% get federal aid ($5,080 avg)
25% get state aid ($12,123 avg)
58% get institn'l aid ($9,393 avg)
30% get loans ($5,839 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 5.85% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 1.89% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $16,619 60%
Federal Grant Aid $5,080 27%
Pell Grants $4,625 27%
Other Federal Grants $930 15%
Institution Grant Aid $9,393 58%
State Grant Aid $12,123 25%
Student Loans $5,839 30%
Federal Loans $4,966 29%
Other Loans $21,431 1%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$10,000 Y N N N
$6,500 Y R Y N
- Y R Y N
$5,000 R R R
$1,500 - $2,000 Y R R N
$7,000 N N Y N
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: -
Financial aid deadline: March 2
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: April 15
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does University of California at Berkeley offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
101 Sproul Hall
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 642-6000


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 1
  • Anony from Simi Valley, CA
  • Feb-12-2017 I am a past student here

    Really expensive. 33k for in state residents. Then Silicon Valley is a very expensive area if you get a job there. 80k is enough to get an apartment probably. Average house price for standard home is 1mill.

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  • Madison from San Pedro, CA
  • Mar-03-2016 I am a current student here

    As and in-state student, attending the number one public university in the nation is extremely affordable for the reputation (compared to an Ivy League school, for example). The campus itself offers so much that simply being enrolled is an amazing investment.

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  • 4
  • Jonathan from Saint Paul, MN
  • Jan-03-2016 I am a current student here

    As an out-of-state student, $57k per year is a heafty payment, so to compensate, my parents were forced to postpone their retirement. While students are actively protesting to decrease this cost, out-of-state students should still take full advantage of what they've payed for and make the most of their Cal experience. It is worth noting that the prestige behind the name UC Berkeley, is one that will carry over to those searching for jobs in competitive markets. Cal alumni have told us stories about how when they submitted their job applications, they were singled out for having been students at Cal, and held above the rest of the contenders.

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  • M from NorCal
  • Dec-01-2015 I am a current student here

    A Berkeley education can be pricey, especially if you're from out of state. The dorms are also incredibly expensive; many undergrads, even frosh and sophomores, choose to live in apartments or off-campus student collectives. However, if you're after a degree in STEM-- particularly computer science-- Berkeley is well worth your time and money.

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