Part 4: Affordability

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) 754
69%
My parents' sources of funding (e.g., loans, wages, income, savings) 571
52%
Contributions from grandparents or other family 93
9%
Other
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85
8%

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 96 261 17 63 183 44 16 8 21
14% 37% 2% 9% 26% 6% 2% 1% 3%
My savings and income 78 98 225 156 85 38 16 8 19
11% 14% 31% 22% 12% 5% 2% 1% 3%
Grants or scholarships that I do not repay 79 88 55 48 60 77 81 122 118
11% 12% 8% 7% 8% 11% 11% 17% 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 207 204 12 12 23 15 13 6 25
40% 40% 2% 2% 4% 3% 3% 1% 5%
Savings and income 211 10 49 45 42 30 16 22 131
38% 2% 9% 8% 8% 5% 3% 4% 24%

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 34 35 2 4 4 1 1 0 2
41% 42% 2% 5% 5% 1% 1% 0% 2%
Savings and income 34 5 26 10 3 4 2 0 7
37% 6% 29% 11% 3% 4% 2% 0% 8%

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 401 38%
1-5 hours 36 3%
6-10 hours 75 7%
11-15 hours 79 8%
16-25 hours 178 17%
26-35 hours 105 10%
More than 35 177 17%

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

I do not plan to work this semester 562 54%
1-5 hours 64 6%
6-10 hours 162 15%
11-15 hours 138 13%
16-25 hours 82 8%
26-35 hours 24 2%
More than 35 18 2%

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 266 301 54 204 122 47 25 10 10
26% 29% 5% 20% 12% 5% 2% 1% 1%
Your parents 262 536 16 44 27 22 16 2 11
28% 57% 2% 5% 3% 2% 2% 0% 1%
Your grandparents or other family 176 699 7 9 5 4 1 0 6
19% 77% 1% 1% 1% 0% 0% 0% 1%

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

Don't know 180 17%
$100 to $199 285 27%
$200 to $299 263 25%
$300 to $399 150 14%
$400 to $499 57 5%
$500 to $599 50 5%
$600 to $699 31 3%
$700 to $799 12 1%
$800 to $899 8 1%
$900 to $999 5 1%
$1,000 or more 13 1%

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

Not Applicable; I was not offered subsidized loans 355 34%
Yes, I accepted subsidized loans that I was offered 320 30%
No, I did not accept subsidized loans that I was offered 265 25%
I do not know if I have accepted a subsidized loan 112 11%

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 648 62%
Yes (please explain)
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393 38%

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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