Concern about Cost & Food Security
Family and Culture
Living Conditions
Challenge and Well-Being

Concern about Cost & Food Security

How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education NEXT YEAR? (Next year is defined as Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.)

Not concerned 207 18%
Somewhat concerned 328 28%
Concerned 253 22%
Very concerned 383 33%

Which of the following have you done in the past year or do you plan to do this year to meet anticipated college expenses?

Applied for financial aid (including work-study) 718
61%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 229
19%
Plan to buy fewer books than required, buy cheaper used books, borrow/read books on reserve, rent books 675
57%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 322
27%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 72
6%
Will accept AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 135
11%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 425
36%
Will take or have taken an online course because online courses are cheaper 71
6%
Worked for pay to save for college 469
40%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 307
26%
Requested a triple (3-person room) to save money 124
11%
Will live at home to reduce expenses 159
13%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 213
18%
Applied for outside scholarships/grants 550
47%
Other (please specify)
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67
6%

Have you heard about the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, which ensures that scholarships and grants will cover fees for U.S. students from families making less than $80,000 a year, with financial need?

Yes 593 51%
No 573 49%

Have you heard about the UC Berkeley Middle Class Access Plan (MCAP), a new financial aid program available to families in the $80,000 - $150,000 annual income range?

Yes 454 39%
No 705 61%

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement: Given the grants and scholarships, if any, that you receive, the total cost of attending UC Berkeley is manageable.

Strongly disagree 103 9%
Disagree 95 8%
Somewhat disagree 165 14%
Somewhat agree 372 32%
Agree 289 25%
Strongly agree 143 12%

Since you have come to UC Berkeley, have you encountered a situation where lack of financial resources kept you from having basic student necessities (housing, food, books, healthcare, etc.)?

Yes 369 32%
No 795 68%

Please select from the following list all basics you have foregone as a result of finances.

Housing 146
40%
Food 237
64%
Books 230
62%
Health care 101
27%
Other (Please explain)
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51
14%

For the following statements, please indicate whether the statement was often true, sometimes true, or never true for you in the 12 months before coming to UC Berkeley.

 Often trueSometimes trueNever true
The food that I bought just didn't last, and I didn't have money to get more. 77 336 733
7% 29% 64%
I couldn't afford to eat balanced meals. 149 320 675
13% 28% 59%

In the 12 months before coming to UC Berkeley, did you ever cut the size of your meals or skip meals because there wasn't enough money for food?

No 789 68%
Yes, almost every month 134 12%
Yes, some months, but not every month 161 14%
Yes, only 1 or 2 months 79 7%

In the 12 months before coming to UC Berkeley, did you ever eat less than you felt you should because there wasn't enough money for food?

No 837 72%
Yes 326 28%

In the 12 months before coming to UC Berkeley, were you ever hungry but didn't eat because there wasn't enough money for food?

No 897 77%
Yes 264 23%

Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about the impact of the cost to attend on your educational experience at UC Berkeley?

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Family & Culture

When did you come to the United States to live?

I was born in the U.S. 675 59%
1996 or earlier 43 4%
1997 8 1%
1998 13 1%
1999 11 1%
2000 8 1%
2001 13 1%
2002 8 1%
2003 6 1%
2004 8 1%
2005 9 1%
2006 7 1%
2007 9 1%
2008 8 1%
2009 16 1%
2010 26 2%
2011 29 3%
2012 64 6%
2013 85 7%
2014 98 9%
2015 or later 6 1%

When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 608 53%
Before I was 6 years old 208 18%
When I was 6-10 years old 148 13%
When I was 11-15 years old 89 8%
After turning 16 years old 99 9%

To the best of your knowledge, where were your parents born?

 In the U.S.Outside the U.S.Do not knowN/A
Parent/Guardian 1 444 698 2 0
39% 61% 0% 0%
Parent/Guardian 2 392 733 5 0
35% 65% 0% 0%

To the best of your knowledge, how many of your grandparents were born outside of the United States?

Zero 239 21%
One 58 5%
Two 160 14%
Three 39 3%
Four 652 57%

Which of the following best describes your social class when you were growing up?

Wealthy 19 2%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 198 17%
Middle-class 419 36%
Working-class 307 27%
Low-income or poor 209 18%

Are you a financially independent student?
Some students have no contact with their parents, and therefore cannot use their tax information for filing the FAFSA. If you find yourself in this situation and have been formally declared an independent student, then please answer yes.

Yes 392 34%
No 758 66%

To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2015?

Less than $10,000 34 5%
$10,000 to $19,999 56 8%
$20,000 to $34,999 81 11%
$35,000 to $49,999 63 9%
$50,000 to $64,999 68 10%
$65,000 to $79,999 73 10%
$80,000 to $99,999 81 11%
$100,000 to $124,999 106 15%
$125,000 to $149,999 35 5%
$150,000 to $199,999 54 8%
$200,000 to $499,000 55 8%
$500,000 or more 11 2%

To the best of your knowledge, which category includes your household's total annual combined income before taxes in 2015?

Less than $10,000 136 35%
$10,000 to $19,999 98 26%
$20,000 to $34,999 68 18%
$35,000 to $49,999 22 6%
$50,000 to $64,999 16 4%
$65,000 to $79,999 9 2%
$80,000 to $99,999 11 3%
$100,000 to $124,999 12 3%
$125,000 to $149,999 2 1%
$150,000 to $199,999 5 1%
$200,000 to $499,000 5 1%
$500,000 or more 1 0%

What is your religious/spiritual preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 180 16%
Not particularly spiritual 131 12%
No preference 186 17%
Agnostic 110 10%
Atheist 102 9%
Baptist 12 1%
Buddhist 47 4%
Christian Church (Disciples) 68 6%
Eastern Orthodox 14 1%
Hindu 4 0%
Jewish 24 2%
Lutheran 4 0%
Methodist 3 0%
Muslim 33 3%
Presbyterian 14 1%
Roman Catholic 107 10%
Seventh Day Adventist 2 0%
Sikh 7 1%
Taoist 3 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 3 0%
Other Christian 41 4%
Other Religion 15 1%

With which gender do you identify?

Male 529 47%
Female 586 52%
Trans Male/Trans Man 3 0%
Trans Female/Trans Woman 3 0%
Genderqueer/Gender Non-Conforming 10 1%
Different identity 6 1%

Do you consider yourself to be:

Heterosexual or straight 925 81%
Gay or lesbian 47 4%
Bisexual 95 8%
Questioning/Unsure 39 3%
Not listed above, please specify
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30 3%

How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 181 16%
Liberal 367 33%
Slightly liberal 157 14%
Moderate or middle of the road 256 23%
Slightly conservative 57 5%
Conservative 42 4%
Very conservative 6 1%
Other, please elaborate
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57 5%

Living Conditions

Where are you living this term?

Clark Kerr Campus 7 1%
Foothill 12 1%
Bowles 0 0%
Stern 14 1%
Unit 1 28 3%
Unit 2 (excluding Wada Apartments) 21 2%
Unit 3 (including Beverly Cleary Hall) 10 1%
Channing-Bowditch Apartments 65 6%
Martinez Commons 70 6%
University Village Albany (family housing) 45 4%
Wada Apartments 65 6%
New Sequoia or Garden Village Apartments 65 6%
Mills College or Holy Names University 6 1%
Living with family 69 6%
Sorority or fraternity 3 0%
Co-op Housing 9 1%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 596 53%
I have not (yet) found housing 15 1%
Other
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28 3%

How far from campus are you living this term?

On campus or less than 1 mile 486 43%
1 mile to 2 miles 249 22%
3 miles to 10 miles 163 14%
11 miles to 20 miles 101 9%
21 miles or more 131 12%

Do you have a UC Berkeley Meal Plan for this semester?

Yes - Not sure which plan 19 2%
Yes - Standard Plan (included in housing, 10-12 meals/wk.) 114 10%
Yes - Premium Plan (included in housing + $350/yr, 12-16 meals/wk.) 25 2%
Yes - Ultimate Plan (included in housing + $750/yr, 19+ meals/wk.) 5 0%
Yes - Non-Resident BLUE (5-6 meals/wk.) 101 9%
Yes - Non-Resident GOLD (7-8 meals/wk.) 28 3%
Yes - Non-Resident PLATINUM (9-11 meals/wk.) 19 2%
No 822 73%

With whom are you living this term?

No one. I live alone 99 9%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other UC Berkeley student 620 55%
I share an apartment with peers who are not UC Berkeley students 117 10%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner (with or without others) 105 9%
I live with at least one parent 89 8%
Other
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96 9%

What is the composition of your residence hall or household while attending UC Berkeley this term?

 12345 or more
College students or other adults (count yourself as 1) 167 274 208 239 197
15% 25% 19% 22% 18%

 0 (Zero)12345 or more
Children or teenagers under the age of 18 (do NOT count yourself as 1) 891 80 37 17 9 12
85% 8% 4% 2% 1% 1%

Since the beginning of this semester, have you ever been homeless? (Homeless means not having stable or reliable housing, e.g., living on the street, in vehicles, motels, camp grounds, single-occupancy facilities, or couch surfing in other people's homes for temporary sleeping arrangements)

Yes 45 4%
No 1080 96%

Are you a parent or legal guardian?

No 908 81%
Yes 216 19%

IF YES:
How many children or dependents do you care for?

None 29 39%
1 28 37%
2 13 17%
3 4 5%
4 1 1%
5 or more 0 0%

How many of your dependents are under the age of 18?

None 29 40%
1 28 38%
2 13 18%
3 3 4%
4 0 0%
5 or more 0 0%

Challenge and Well-Being

During your first year at UC Berkeley, how often do you expect each of the following to be obstacles to your school work or academic success?

 Not at allRarelyOccasionallyFrequentlyAll the time
Job responsibilities (e.g., paid employment) 339 177 307 166 96
31% 16% 28% 15% 9%
Family responsibilities 259 269 307 164 92
24% 25% 28% 15% 8%
Other responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 203 225 372 209 80
19% 21% 34% 19% 7%
Weak English skills 712 146 124 70 39
65% 13% 11% 6% 4%
Weak writing skills 609 181 191 78 35
56% 17% 18% 7% 3%
Weak math skills 564 250 186 68 21
52% 23% 17% 6% 2%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 348 301 299 102 43
32% 28% 27% 9% 4%
Poor study behaviors (e.g., wait until the last minute, too much social time, too much web surfing) 263 283 338 153 59
24% 26% 31% 14% 5%
Poor study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 321 332 286 109 47
29% 30% 26% 10% 4%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 155 244 338 253 108
14% 22% 31% 23% 10%
Physical illness or condition 443 371 186 55 34
41% 34% 17% 5% 3%
Military deployment 954 65 47 13 11
88% 6% 4% 1% 1%
Going hungry, not having enough food 641 230 157 43 21
59% 21% 14% 4% 2%
Inconsistent access to housing, or homelessness 894 105 59 19 17
82% 10% 5% 2% 2%
Inability to concentrate on my work 256 273 355 139 74
23% 25% 32% 13% 7%
Reluctance to ask for academic help when I need it 332 307 297 116 41
30% 28% 27% 11% 4%

In general, I consider myself:

(1) not a very happy person 26 2%
(2) 39 4%
(3) 102 9%
(4) 197 18%
(5) 310 28%
(6) 290 26%
(7) a very happy person 136 12%

In the past 3 months, compared to most of my peers, I consider myself:

(1) less happy 70 6%
(2) 90 8%
(3) 135 12%
(4) 226 21%
(5) 256 23%
(6) 201 18%
(7) more happy 119 11%

Whom can you really count on to help you feel better when you are feeling upset?

Friends nearby 592
53%
Friends who are not nearby (e.g., home or high school friends) 625
56%
Boyfriend or girlfriend, partner, spouse or significant other 452
40%
Teachers, coaches 117
10%
Parents, guardians 631
56%
Siblings 465
41%
Other family 212
19%
Clergy 20
2%
Counselors, therapists 122
11%
UCB student services support staff (counselor, advisor, etc.) 118
11%
No one (else) / myself only 81
7%
Other (please specify)
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35
3%

In general, how satisfied are you with how available these people are to you?

Very dissatisfied 33 3%
Fairly dissatisfied 69 7%
A little dissatisfied 84 8%
A little satisfied 131 13%
Fairly satisfied 366 36%
Very satisfied 323 32%

Overall, how satisfied are you with the support that you have?

Very dissatisfied 47 4%
Fairly dissatisfied 77 7%
A little dissatisfied 87 8%
A little satisfied 138 13%
Fairly satisfied 413 38%
Very satisfied 316 29%

Do you know that all UC Berkeley students are eligible for up to 5 free counseling visits at Tang Center-University Health Services regardless of whether they have UC Berkeley SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan)?

Yes 571 52%
No 529 48%