Affordability

Your expenses may vary from the official estimate, but Berkeley estimates the total cost for California residents living in University housing at about $33,500 for the academic year. How are you paying for your current academic year expenses (e.g., registration fees, housing, meals, transportation, books)? Please check all that apply.

My personal sources of funding (e.g. loans, wages, income, savings, grants & scholarships) 968
48%
My parents' sources of funding (e.g., loans, wages, income, savings) 1702
84%
Contributions from grandparents or other family 354
17%
Other
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68
3%

My personal sources of funding (e.g. loans, income, savings, grants & scholarships)

 An amount that I don't know$0 (Zero)$1 to $1,999$2,000 to $4,999$5,000 to $9,999$10,000 to $14,999$15,000 to $19,999$20,000 to $24,999$25,000 or more
Loans to me that I must repay 172 413 35 130 101 17 10 8 27
19% 45% 4% 14% 11% 2% 1% 1% 3%
My savings and income 198 206 292 138 52 20 7 4 12
21% 22% 31% 15% 6% 2% 1% 0% 1%
Grants or scholarships that I do not repay 102 131 107 149 85 83 48 86 148
11% 14% 11% 16% 9% 9% 5% 9% 16%

Parents' sources of funding (e.g. loans, income, savings)

 An amount that I don't know$0 (Zero)$1 to $1,999$2,000 to $4,999$5,000 to $9,999$10,000 to $14,999$15,000 to $19,999$20,000 to $24,999$25,000 or more
Loans from various sources 659 661 22 39 39 30 7 23 69
43% 43% 1% 3% 3% 2% 1% 2% 5%
Savings and income 647 28 68 65 69 71 47 61 591
39% 2% 4% 4% 4% 4% 3% 4% 36%

Grandparents' or other family members' personal sources of funding (e.g. loans, income, savings)

 An amount that I don't know$0 (Zero)$1 to $1,999$2,000 to $4,999$5,000 to $9,999$10,000 to $14,999$15,000 to $19,999$20,000 to $24,999$25,000 or more
Loans from various sources 136 163 4 5 0 5 2 0 2
43% 51% 1% 2% 0% 2% 1% 0% 1%
Savings and income 164 8 52 26 22 10 4 6 43
49% 2% 16% 8% 7% 3% 1% 2% 13%

If you worked for pay this past summer, how many hours per week did you usually work?

I did not work any hours this summer 1120 57%
1-5 hours 144 7%
6-10 hours 148 8%
11-15 hours 121 6%
16-25 hours 170 9%
26-35 hours 109 6%
More than 35 146 8%

About how many hours per week are you expecting to work (paid employment) this semester?

I do not plan to work this semester 1384 71%
1-5 hours 126 6%
6-10 hours 246 13%
11-15 hours 114 6%
16-25 hours 49 3%
26-35 hours 19 1%
More than 35 18 1%

By the time you graduate from UC Berkeley, what is the estimated total amount of loans that you, your parents, and other family will have to repay?

 An amount that I don't knowNoneLess than 5,000$5,000 to 14,999$15,000 to 29,999$30,000 to 49,999$50,000 to 74,999$75,000 to $99,999$100,000 or more
You 717 759 69 102 128 46 21 21 45
38% 40% 4% 5% 7% 2% 1% 1% 2%
Your parents 829 814 48 44 32 20 24 14 58
44% 43% 3% 2% 2% 1% 1% 1% 3%
Your grandparents or other family 519 1272 14 11 6 2 2 0 2
28% 70% 1% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

How much do you plan to spend on books for this term?

Don't know 380 20%
$100 to $199 643 33%
$200 to $299 416 21%
$300 to $399 243 13%
$400 to $499 104 5%
$500 to $599 87 5%
$600 to $699 33 2%
$700 to $799 14 1%
$800 to $899 10 1%
$900 to $999 8 0%
$1,000 or more 7 0%

If you were offered subsidized loans through the Financial Aid office, did you accept them?

Not Applicable; I was not offered subsidized loans 945 49%
Yes, I accepted subsidized loans that I was offered 339 18%
No, I did not accept subsidized loans that I was offered 421 22%
I do not know if I have accepted a subsidized loan 235 12%

Please share with us why you did not accept the subsidized loans.

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As you start this term, has there been an expense that greatly exceeded your anticipated budget amount?

No 1510 79%
Yes
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414 22%

Before finishing, the unstructured questions on this page provide an opportunity for you to record experiences not already covered and/or expand on earlier responses.

What has gone surprisingly well, much better than expected?

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What has not gone well? What has caused you problems, anxiety or disappointment?

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Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about your experiences as a new Berkeley student?

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