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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


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

Graduate student budgets will be available by March 30, 2018. Please monitor this page for updates. 

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 February 14, 2018

Academic Year 2018-19

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Direct Costs Charged by UC Berkeley
Tuition and Fees $14,218 $14,218 $14,218 $14,218
Room and Board $16,160* $12,854*    
Total Direct Costs $30,378 $27,072 $14,218 $14,218
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


Personal $1,832 $1,832 $1,828 $1,944
Transportation $390 $390 $556 $1,472
Total Cost of Attendance $35,054* $33,724 $31,340 $24,516

*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 $360 for housing during orientation, if living in a residence hall or university apartment in the fall term.

Optional Student Health Insurance Plan add $3,116. Out-of-state residents add $28,014 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.