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University of California at Berkeley Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$31,160 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$11,220 tuition
$16,389 on campus room & board
$1,262 books and supplies
$2,289 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$57,842 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$37,902 tuition
$16,389 on campus room & board
$1,262 books and supplies
$2,289 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$10,561 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
67% of students receive aid
26% get federal aid ($5,088 avg)
35% get state aid ($9,770 avg)
56% get institn'l aid ($10,561 avg)
28% get loans ($5,551 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 1.65% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.02% 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 $18,018 59%
Federal Grant Aid $5,088 26%
Pell Grants $4,752 26%
Other Federal Grants $624 16%
Institution Grant Aid $10,561 56%
State Grant Aid $9,770 35%
Student Loans $5,551 28%
Federal Loans $5,064 27%
Other Loans $13,759 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
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State -
Out of State -


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Madison from Los Angeles, CA
  • Jun-23-2017 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Berkeley is a household name, it's one of the best public universities in the world. The courses offered are really great, and it's good to know that a Berkeley degree will be respected. The tuition is much better than that of a private, but financial aid is also that of a state school & can fluctuate year-to-year.

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  • 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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  • 5
  • 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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