2020 SONS FPF - Part 2: Remote Learning, Affordability, & Background

Remote Learning and COVID-19
Student Technology Resources
Concern about Cost & Food Security
Family and Culture
Living Conditions
Challenge and Well Being

Remote Learning and COVID-19

How concerned are you about the following possible effects of COVID-19 on your academic experience this semester?

Not concernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concernedNot applicable
Learning effectively in the remote instruction environmnet 22 66 130 247 6
5% 14% 28% 53% -
Doing well on tests and assignments in online courses 20 65 144 236 6
4% 14% 31% 51% -
Missing classes 147 110 107 101 6
32% 24% 23% 22% -
Ability to conduct research 63 94 117 161 36
15% 22% 27% 37% -
Getting the courses I need for my major 78 104 117 158 13
17% 23% 26% 35% -
Getting the disability-related accommodations I need 116 17 34 32 272
58% 9% 17% 16% -
Opportunities to interact with faculty outside of class 37 82 150 194 7
8% 18% 32% 42% -
Opportunities to interact with my fellow students 21 38 125 275 12
5% 8% 27% 60% -

How concerned are you about the effects of COVID-19 on your graduating on time?

ResponseNumberPercent
Not concerned 188 39%
Somewhat concerned 181 38%
Concerned 69 14%
Very concerned 39 8%

Please select your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements.

Strongly disagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeStrongly agree
UC Berkeley is committed to student health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic 4 27 210 232
1% 6% 44% 49%
I feel confident in the health and preventative measures that UC Berkeley has taken in response to COVID-19 7 34 202 230
% 7% 43% 49%
I know how to minimize my risk of contracting COVID-19 1 3 95 376
0% 1% 20% 79%

Please select your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements.

Strongly disagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeStrongly agree
I have had opportunities to get to know my fellow students during class 56 107 253 56
12% 23% 54% 12%
I have had opportunities to get to know my fellow students outside of class 109 145 163 56
23% 31% 35% 12%
I have had opportunities to develop study groups with my fellow students 58 113 223 79
12% 24% 47% 18%
I have had opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities at UC Berkeley 100 118 191 63
21% 25% 41% 13%

Student Technology Resources

Which of the following technological tools will you predominantly use to access your classes?

ResponseNumberPercent
A laptop computer (PC, MacBook, Linux, Chromebook, etc.) 431 91%
A tablet or pad 9 2%
A smart phone 3 1%
A desktop computer 33 7%

Do you have to share the use of this technological tool with others?

ResponseNumberPercent
No, I am the exclusive user of this device 448 94%
Yes, I have to share this device with at least one other person 27 6%

Do you have access to reliable internet at your place of residence?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 426 90%
No 49 10%

Are you required by any of your fall classes to use a device or peripheral other than a laptop? (e.g. smartphone, iClicker, drawing tablet, external mic or camera, etc.)?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 443 95%
Yes (please specify) 25 5%

Are you aware of software that is licensed by the campus and offered free to Cal students (software.berkeley.edu)?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes, I am aware but have not yet downloaded any 175 37%
Yes, and I have downloaded software 145 31%
No 150 32%

Are you aware of the free in-person and remote tech support that is offered to Cal students (studenttech.berkeley.edu)?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes, I am aware but have not used or needed it 235 50%
Yes, and I have used it 28 6%
No 208 44%

Concern about Cost & Food Security

How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education THIS YEAR? (This year is defined as Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.)

ResponseNumberPercent
Not concerned 204 44%
Somewhat concerned 149 32%
Concerned 71 15%
Very concerned 43 9%

How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education NEXT YEAR? (Next year is defined as Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.)

ResponseNumberPercent
Not concerned 166 36%
Somewhat concerned 151 32%
Concerned 83 18%
Very concerned 67 14%

Which of the following have you done in the past year or do you plan to do this year to meet anticipated college expenses? (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Applied for financial aid (including work-study) 213
48%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 56
13%
Plan to buy fewer books than required, buy cheaper used books, borrow/read books on reserve, rent books 252
57%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 114
26%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 14
3%
Will accept AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 210
47%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 78
18%
Worked for pay to save for college 134
30%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 107
24%
Will live at home to reduce expenses 206
46%
Applied for outside scholarships/grants 190
43%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 146
33%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
3
1%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 146 32%
No 314 68%

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.

ResponseNumberPercent
Strongly disagree 28 6%
Disagree 44 10%
Somewhat disagree 69 15%
Somewhat agree 154 34%
Agree 119 26%
Strongly agree 45 10%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes, I accepted subsidized loans that I was offered 83 35%
No, I did not accept subsidized loans that I was offered 157 65%
I do not know if I have accepted a subsidized loan 56 -
Not applicable; I was not offered subsidized loans 165 -

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

[Contact OPA for more information]

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

ResponseNumberPercent
I planned to, but was not able to work this summer due to COVID-19 172 38%
I did not work any hours this summer and this was not due to COVID-19 142 31%
1-5 hours 15 3%
6-10 hours 32 7%
11-15 hours 22 5%
16-25 hours 33 7%
26-35 hours 19 4%
More than 35 19 4%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
I planned to, but have not been able to find a position due to COVID-19 125 27%
I do not plan to work this semester 221 49%
1-5 hours 22 5%
6-10 hours 33 7%
11-15 hours 27 6%
16-25 hours 13 3%
26-35 hours 7 2%
More than 35 7 2%

Have you done any of the following to address additional financial responsibilities due to COVID-19? (Choose all that apply)

Selected
I did not have any additional financial responsibilities 179
43%
Applied for financial aid 184
44%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 39
9%
Took fewer courses so I can work for pay 6
1%
Started a new job 48
11%
Increased the number of hours I work for pay 34
8%
Applied for outside scholarships/grants 122
29%
Took out loans 66
16%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
3
1%

Are you participating in work study this semester?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 356 76%
Yes 33 7%
Unsure 77 17%

Which of the following best describes the format of your work study appointment?

ResponseNumberPercent
Remote only 15 46%
Both remote and in-person 2 6%
In-person only 1 3%
Unsure/do not currently have a work study job 15 46%

Which of the following best describes your reason for not participating in work study this semester?

ResponseNumberPercent
I was not eligible for a work study appointment (e.g. did not receive financial aid, it was not part of my financial aid package, etc.) 153 45%
I needed a remote work study appointment but none were available 25 7%
I was not interested in the available work study opportunities 58 17%
I was worried about balancing my coursework and being employed 83 24%
Other (please specify) [Contact OPA for more information] 21 6%

How did you satisfy your work study contribution? (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Student loans 24
16%
Outside scholarships 21
14%
Campus scholarship/grant 39
26%
I contributed additional money 28
18%
My family contributed additional money 86
56%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
8
5%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 37 8%
No 427 92%

Please select from the following list all basics you have foregone as a result of finances. (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Housing 8
22%
Food 19
53%
Books 18
50%
Healthcare 9
25%
Other 0
0%

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

Often trueSometimes trueNever true
The food that I bought just didn't last, and I didn’t have money to get more. 9 38 396
1% 9% 89%
I couldn't afford to eat balanced meals. 10 42 389
2% 10% 88%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
No 411 91%
Yes, almost every month 11 2%
Yes, some months, but not every month 16 4%
Yes, only 1 or 2 months 14 3%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
No 414 92%
Yes 37 8%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
No 420 93%
Yes 33 7%

In the 12 months before starting at UC Berkeley have you ever... (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Experienced an increase in rent or mortgage that made it difficult to pay 28
7%
Not paid or underpaid your rent or mortgage 13
3%
Not paid the full amount of utility bills (gas, oil, or electricity) 14
3%
Moved two or more times 17
4%
Moved in with others, even for a little while, because of financial problems 15
4%
Lived with others beyond the expected capacity of the house or apartment 23
5%
I have not experienced any of these situations 359
85%

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?

[Contact OPA for more information]

Family and Culture

When did you come to the United States to live?

ResponseNumberPercent
I was born in the U.S. 328 74%
2000 or earlier 0 0%
2001 3 1%
2002 19 4%
2003 5 1%
2004 6 1%
2005 6 1%
2006 5 1%
2007 5 1%
2008 3 1%
2009 4 1%
2010 3 1%
2011 3 1%
2012 2 1%
2013 1 0%
2014 5 1%
2015 7 2%
2016 13 3%
2017 5 1%
2018 2 1%
2019 or later 19 4%

When did you learn to speak English?

ResponseNumberPercent
English is my native language 271 59%
Before I was 6 years old 115 25%
When I was 6-10 years old 65 14%
When I was 11-15 years old 9 2%
After turning 16 years old 1 0%

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

In the U.S.Outside the U.S.Do not know
Parent/Guardian 1 101 355 1
22% 78% -
Parent/Guardian 2 98 353 1
22% 78% -

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Zero 54 12%
One 14 3%
Two 48 11%
Three 4 1%
Four 337 74%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Wealthy 14 3%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 162 36%
Middle-class 150 33%
Working-class 65 14%
Low-income or poor 62 14%

Are you a financially independent student?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 18 4%
No 434 96%

To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2019?

ResponseNumberPercent
Less than $20,000 30 7%
$20,000 to $49,999 62 15%
$50,000 to $79,999 50 12%
$80,000 to $124,999 93 22%
$125,000 to $149,999 40 9%
$150,000 or more 149 35%

To the best of your knowledge, which category includes your household's total annual combined income before taxes in 2019?

ResponseNumberPercent
Less than $20,000 2 12%
$20,000 to $49,999 4 24%
$50,000 to $79,999 1 6%
$80,000 to $124,999 4 24%
$125,000 to $149,999 4 24%
$150,000 or more 2 12%

What is your religious/spiritual preference?

ResponseNumberPercent
Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 49 11%
No particular religion and not particularly spiritual 157 35%
Atheist 48 11%
Baptist 6 1%
Buddhist 10 2%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 28 6%
Eastern Orthodox 1 0%
Hindu 39 9%
Jewish/Reform 4 1%
Jewish/Other 2 0%
Lutheran 2 0%
Methodist 1 0%
Mormon 2 0%
Muslim/Shia 5 1%
Muslim/Sunni 8 2%
Muslim/Other 2 0%
Non-denominational Evangelical 2 0%
Other Christian 9 2%
Presbyterian 7 2%
Roman Catholic 47 10%
Seventh Day Adventist 1 0%
Sikh 4 1%
Taoist 1 0%
Religious/Spiritual Preference not listed 15 3%

Do you have any conditions or disabilities that significantly affect your experience as a student at UC Berkeley, including how you learn or perform academically, interact with others, or access the campus?

NoYes
Physical disability or condition (e.g., mobility limitation, sensory condition) 448 6
99% 1%
Learning disability or condition (e.g., dyslexia, speech disorder) 444 10
98% 2%
Neurodevelopmental/cognitive disability or condition (e.g., autism, attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, brain injury) 436 16
97% 4%
Emotional or mental health concern or condition (e.g., depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder) 373 81
82% 18%
Other disability or condition 287 3
99% 1%

Do you currently receive accommodations from campus due to your disability or condition?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 56 64%
Yes 11 13%
I am not aware of such services 20 23%

What is your current gender identity?

ResponseNumberPercent
Man 195 44%
Woman 248 55%
Trans Man 0 0%
Trans Woman 0 0%
Genderqueer/Gender Non-Conforming 3 1%
Agender 0 0%
Not listed above, please specify
[Contact OPA for more information]
2 0%
Prefer not to answer 8 -

What is your current sexual orientation?

ResponseNumberPercent
Heterosexual or straight 359 81%
Gay 8 2%
Lesbian 6 1%
Bisexual 38 9%
Queer 5 1%
Questioning 19 4%
Asexual 2 1%
Not listed above, please specify
[Contact OPA for more information]
4 1%
Prefer not to answer 14 -

How would you characterize your political orientation?

ResponseNumberPercent
Very liberal 68 15%
Liberal 176 39%
Slightly liberal 76 17%
Moderate or middle of the road 86 19%
Slightly conservative 23 5%
Conservative 8 2%
Very conservative 0 0%
Other, please elaborate
[Contact OPA for more information]
13 3%

Living Conditions

Which of the following most accurately describes where you are living this term?

ResponseNumberPercent
In the Bay Area 218 48%
In California, but not in the Bay Area 104 23%
In the United States, but not in California (including U.S. Territories) 67 15%
Outside of the United States 68 15%

Where are you living this term?

ResponseNumberPercent
Clark Kerr Campus 10 2%
Unit 1 21 5%
Unit 2 (excluding Wada Apartments) 21 5%
Unit 3 (including Beverly Cleary Hall) 16 4%
Blackwell Hall 9 2%
Living with family 320 70%
Co-op housing 1 0%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 47 10%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
10 2%
I have not (yet) found housing 2 0%

How far from campus are you living this term? Note: This item was only seen by students who indicated they lived in the Bay Area.

ResponseNumberPercent
On campus or less than 1 mile 79 37%
1 mile to 2 miles 8 4%
3 miles to 10 miles 20 9%
11 miles to 20 miles 43 20%
21 miles or more 66 31%

With whom are you living this term?

ResponseNumberPercent
No one. I live alone 69 15%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other UC Berkeley student 26 6%
I share an apartment with peers who are not UC Berkeley students 8 2%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner (with or without others) 1 0%
I live with at least one parent 330 73%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
16 4%

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

0 (Zero)12345 or more
College students or other adults (count yourself as 1) - 84 46 134 78 87
- 20% 11% 31% 18% 20%
Children or teenagers under the age of 18 (do NOT count yourself as 1) 242 116 40 13 2 6
58% 28% 10% 3% 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)

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 3 1%
No 444 99%

Do you have any biological or adopted children who live with you now?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 448 99%
Yes 3 1%

IF YES: How many (biological or adopted children live with you now)?

ResponseNumberPercent
2 1 50%
3 1 50%

Do you have any biological or adopted children who live elsewhere?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 450 100%
Yes 0 0%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
2 1 50%
3 1 50%

Do you have primary responsibility for caring for someone else such as a parent, grandparent or sibling?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 403 89%
Yes 48 11%

Due to COVID-19, do you now have additional family care responsibilities (e.g. caring for children, elders, etc.)?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 352 78%
Yes 98 22%

Challenge & 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) 227 73 87 42 13
51% 17% 20% 10% 3%
Family responsibilities 110 120 136 54 21
25% 27% 31% 12% 5%
Other responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 115 102 149 56 16
26% 23% 34% 13% 4%
Weak English skills 364 37 21 12 4
83% 8% 5% 3% 1%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 135 96 142 54 14
31% 22% 32% 12% 3%
Poor study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 148 110 119 42 22
34% 25% 27% 10% 5%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 72 93 143 93 40
16% 21% 32% 21% 9%
Physical illness or condition 276 110 33 14 7
63% 25% 8% 3% 2%
Military deployment 424 8 8 1 0
96% 2% 2% 0% 0%
Inability to concentrate on my work 91 77 150 80 42
21% 18% 34% 18% 10%
Reluctance to ask for academic help when I need it 112 89 160 55 25
25% 20% 36% 13% 6%
Difficulties adjusting to the remote learning environment 68 69 140 104 60
15% 16% 32% 24% 14%
Not having access to learning support services I need (i.e., tutoring, advising) 161 133 92 30 25
37% 30% 21% 7% 6%
Not having access to library resources and services 147 111 114 32 36
33% 25% 26% 7% 8%

In the previous question you indicated that you expect a poor study environment to be an obstacle to your success. Please select which of the following issues you are concerned about in regards to your study environment (check all that apply)

NoYes
Not having reliable access to the internet 191 92
68% 33%
Not having adequate computer or software 249 33
88% 12%
Not having access to an appropriate study space 151 132
53% 47%
Being disrupted as I study by roommates or family members 96 194
33% 67%
Other (please specify) 104 11
90% 10%

Whom can you really count on to help you feel better when you are feeling upset? (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Friends at UC Berkeley 206
47%
Home or high school friends 374
85%
Boyfriend or girlfriend, partner, spouse or significant other 92
21%
Teachers, coaches 41
9%
Parents, guardians 300
68%
Siblings 221
50%
Other family 81
18%
Clergy 5
1%
Counselors, therapists 39
9%
UCB student services support staff (counselor, advisor, etc.) 40
9%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
2
1%
No one (else) / myself only 20
5%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Very dissatisfied 5 1%
Fairly dissatisfied 23 5%
A little dissatisfied 52 12%
A little satisfied 86 19%
Fairly satisfied 190 43%
Very satisfied 91 20%

Do you know that the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the Tang Center offers short term counseling, that there is no charge to get started, and that all registered UC Berkeley students can access services regardless of whether they have UC Berkeley SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan)?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 358 80%
No 88 20%

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