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UC Berkeley Tuition & Cost

Berkeley, California

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State California Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for University of California Berkeley
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,118
Other Fees$2,784
Room and Board $20,236
Other Expenses Budget$5,893
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for University of California Berkeley
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,118
Other Fees$2,784
Room and Board $20,236
Other Expenses Budget$5,893

Residents of California pay an annual total price of $41,473 to attend University of California Berkeley on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $11,442 for tuition, $20,236 room and board, $1,118 for books and supplies and $2,784 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $71,227 which is 71.7% higher than California residents. The tuition charge is $41,196 while room and board is $20,236, books and supplies are $1,118 and other fees come in at $2,784.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend University of California Berkeley when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income University of California Berkeley
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$8,450
$30,001 to $48,000$9,999
$48,001 to $75,000$13,423
$75,001 to $110,000$21,601

The average reported annual net price for University of California Berkeley for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $19,329 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

Financial Aid

57% of full-time undergrad University of California Berkeley received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $18,831 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 20% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,651 and 11% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $5,064.

Finanical Aid University of California Berkeley
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $18,831 57%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $11,350 48%
Pell Grants $5,185 21%
Other Federal Grants $981 26%
State and Local Grants $11,277 29%
Federal Student Loans $4,651 20%
Other Student Loans $5,064 11%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to University of California Berkeley, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $62,356. The loan balance of $62,356 is a four year multiple of the $15,589 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $595 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 2.75%.

Example Loan $62,356
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $594.95
Total Interest Paid $9,037.40
Sum of All Loan Payments $71,393.40

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $41,473 $71,227
2 $41,637 $71,509
3 $41,802 $71,792
4 $41,967 $72,076

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at University of California Berkeley to be $165,892 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 0.4% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

University of California Berkeley Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110635 IPEDS survey data for University of California Berkeley.