2019 SONS Transfers - Part 2: Affordability & Background

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 2020 and Spring 2021.)

ResponseNumberPercent
Not concerned 251 16%
Somewhat concerned 478 31%
Concerned 387 25%
Very concerned 437 28%

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

Selected
Applied for financial aid (including work-study) 925
63%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 266
18%
Plan to buy fewer books than required, buy cheaper used books, borrow/read books on reserve, rent books 767
52%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 397
27%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 135
9%
Will accept AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 187
13%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 536
36%
Will take or have taken an online course because online courses are cheaper 134
9%
Worked for pay to save for college 647
44%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 419
28%
Requested a triple (3-person room) or quad (4-person room) to save money 175
12%
Will live at home to reduce expenses 233
16%
Applied for outside scholarships/grants 674
46%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 250
17%
Other
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61
4%

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 658 43%
No 862 57%

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 117 8%
Disagree 130 9%
Somewhat disagree 219 15%
Somewhat agree 494 33%
Agree 347 23%
Strongly agree 207 14%

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 457 45%
No, I did not accept subsidized loans that I was offered 565 55%

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

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

ResponseNumberPercent
I did not work any hours this summer 539 36%
1-5 hours 41 3%
6-10 hours 91 6%
11-15 hours 112 7%
16-25 hours 266 18%
26-35 hours 200 13%
More than 35 271 18%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
I do not plan to work this semester 757 50%
1-5 hours 84 6%
6-10 hours 209 14%
11-15 hours 214 14%
16-25 hours 172 11%
26-35 hours 41 3%
More than 35 41 3%

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.)?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 432 28%
No 1,100 72%

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

Selected
Housing 185
43%
Food 298
69%
Books 221
52%
Health care 109
25%
Other (Please explain)
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38
9%

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. 124 472 887
8% 32% 60%
I couldn't afford to eat balanced meals. 202 420 850
14% 29% 58%

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?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 992 66%
Yes, almost every month 184 12%
Yes, some months, but not every month 212 14%
Yes, only 1 or 2 months 111 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?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 1,059 71%
Yes 439 29%

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?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 1,133 76%
Yes 368 25%

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 and Culture

When did you come to the United States to live?

ResponseNumberPercent
I was born in the U.S. 803 55%
1999 or earlier 81 6%
2000 20 1%
2001 18 1%
2002 7 1%
2003 10 1%
2004 14 1%
2005 14 1%
2006 12 1%
2007 12 1%
2008 7 1%
2009 11 1%
2010 16 1%
2011 15 1%
2012 27 2%
2013 32 2%
2014 58 4%
2015 66 5%
2016 122 8%
2017 111 8%
2018 or later 9 1%

When did you learn to speak English?

ResponseNumberPercent
English is my native language 717 48%
Before I was 6 years old 283 19%
When I was 6 to 10 years old 221 15%
When I was 11 to 15 years old 139 9%
After turning 16 years old 136 9%

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

In the U.S.Outside the U.S.
Parent/Guardian 1 499 979
34% 66%
Parent/Guardian 2 457 980
32% 68%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Zero 292 20%
One 71 5%
Two 205 14%
Three 56 4%
Four 867 58%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Wealthy 27 2%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 214 14%
Middle-class 539 36%
Working-class 398 27%
Low-income or poor 317 21%

Are you a financially independent student?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 515 34%
No 982 66%

To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2018?

ResponseNumberPercent
Less than $10,000 50 5%
$10,000 to $19,999 82 9%
$20,000 to $34,999 120 13%
$35,000 to $49,999 87 9%
$50,000 to $64,999 77 8%
$65,000 to $79,999 98 10%
$80,000 to $99,999 104 11%
$100,000 to $124,999 109 11%
$125,000 to $149,999 49 5%
$150,000 to $199,999 87 9%
$200,000 to $499,000 72 8%
$500,000 or more 18 2%

To the best of your knowledge, which category includes your household's total annual combined income before taxes in 2018?

ResponseNumberPercent
Less than $10,000 141 28%
$10,000 to $19,999 120 24%
$20,000 to $34,999 93 18%
$35,000 to $49,999 49 10%
$50,000 to $64,999 22 4%
$65,000 to $79,999 25 5%
$80,000 to $99,999 21 4%
$100,000 to $124,999 17 3%
$125,000 to $149,999 6 1%
$150,000 to $199,999 7 1%
$200,000 to $499,000 5 1%
$500,000 or more 3 1%

What is your religious/spiritual preference?

ResponseNumberPercent
Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 252 17%
No particular religion and not particularly spiritual 457 31%
Atheist 147 10%
Baptist 16 1%
Buddhist 66 5%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 137 9%
Eastern Orthodox 5 0%
Episcopalian 2 0%
Greek Orthodox 5 0%
Hindu 13 1%
Jewish/Orthodox 1 0%
Jewish/Reformed 7 1%
Jewish/Other 14 1%
Lutheran 4 0%
Methodist 3 0%
Mormon 3 0%
Muslim/Shia 12 1%
Muslim/Sunni 51 4%
Muslim/Other 10 1%
Non-denominational Evangelical 16 1%
Other Christian 36 2%
Presbyterian 20 1%
Quaker 1 0%
Roman Catholic 131 9%
Russian Orthodox 2 0%
Seventh Day Adventist 1 0%
Sikh 9 1%
Taoist 0 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 1 0%
United Church of Christ/Congregational 2 0%
Other Religion 50 3%

With which gender do you identify?

ResponseNumberPercent
Male 639 43%
Female 808 54%
Trans Male/Trans Man 8 1%
Trans Female/Trans Woman 4 0%
Genderqueer/Gender Non-Conforming 30 2%
Different identity 10 1%

Do you consider yourself to be:

ResponseNumberPercent
Heterosexual or straight 1,196 81%
Gay or lesbian 59 4%
Bisexual 148 10%
Questioning/Unsure 39 3%
Not listed above, please specify
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41 3%

How would you characterize your political orientation?

ResponseNumberPercent
Very liberal 198 14%
Liberal 498 34%
Slightly liberal 202 14%
Moderate or middle of the road 340 23%
Slightly conservative 74 5%
Conservative 45 3%
Very conservative 9 1%
Other, please elaborate
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97 7%

Living Conditions

Where are you living this term?

ResponseNumberPercent
Clark Kerr Campus 10 1%
Foothill 8 1%
Bowles Hall 1 0%
Blackwell Hall 10 1%
Stern 13 1%
Unit 1 21 1%
Unit 2 (excluding Wada Apartments) 31 2%
Unit 3 (including Beverly Cleary Hall) 11 1%
Channing-Bowditch Apartments 15 1%
Martinez Commons 75 5%
University Village Albany (family housing) 49 3%
Wada Apartments 37 3%
International House 17 1%
Sorority or fraternity 5 0%
Living with family 111 7%
Co-op housing 49 3%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 888 60%
Global Edge Program Housing (abroad) 1 0%
I have not (yet) found housing 14 1%
Other
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127 9%

How far from campus are you living this term?

ResponseNumberPercent
On campus or less than 1 mile 574 38%
1 mile to 2 miles 357 24%
3 miles to 10 miles 295 20%
11 miles to 20 miles 132 9%
21 miles or more 135 9%

With whom are you living this term?

ResponseNumberPercent
No one. I live alone 155 10%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other UC Berkeley student 855 57%
I share an apartment with peers who are not UC Berkeley students 131 9%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner (with or without others) 119 8%
I live with at least one parent 125 8%
Other
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109 7%

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) - 250 327 291 248 308
- 18% 23% 20% 17% 22%
Children or Teenagers under the age of 18 (do NOT count yourself as 1) 1,162 92 58 25 8 20
85% 7% 4% 2% 1% 2%

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 73 5%
No 1,388 95%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
No 1,418 95%
Yes 68 5%

IF YES: How many?

ResponseNumberPercent
1 32 49%
2 24 37%
3 7 11%
4 2 3%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
No 1,456 99%
Yes 29 1%

IF YES: How many?

ResponseNumberPercent
1 10 37%
2 9 33%
3 4 15%
4 3 11%
5 or more 1 4%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 34 45%
2 30 40%
3 8 11%
4 2 3%
5 or more 2 3%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
No 1,325 89%
Yes 157 11%

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) 436 221 439 221 139
30% 15% 30% 15% 10%
Family responsibilities 253 313 486 262 144
17% 22% 33% 18% 10%
Other responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 263 266 532 277 103
18% 19% 37% 19% 7%
Weak English skills 905 189 196 98 61
63% 13% 14% 7% 4%
Weak writing skills 743 257 258 128 61
51% 18% 18% 9% 4%
Weak math skills 746 300 254 91 53
52% 21% 18% 6% 4%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 365 386 410 205 84
25% 27% 28% 14% 6%
Poor study behaviors (e.g., wait until the last minute, too much social time, too much web surfing) 326 324 459 241 103
22% 22% 32% 17% 7%
Poor study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 398 384 402 186 77
28% 27% 28% 13% 5%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 181 248 484 336 199
13% 17% 33% 23% 14%
Physical illness or condition 555 419 297 109 65
38% 29% 21% 8% 5%
Military deployment 1,251 69 79 31 19
86% 5% 6% 2% 1%
Going hungry, not having enough food 746 323 257 83 39
52% 22% 18% 6% 3%
Inconsistent access to housing, or homelessness 1,123 147 114 34 30
78% 10% 9% 2% 2%
Inability to concentrate on my work 340 285 473 231 118
24% 20% 33% 16% 8%
Reluctance to ask for academic help when I need it 442 336 404 173 94
31% 23% 28% 12% 7%

In general, I consider myself to be:

ResponseNumberPercent
(1) Not a very happy person 59 4%
(2) 65 4%
(3) 148 10%
(4) 343 23%
(5) 422 29%
(6) 258 18%
(7) A very happy person 182 12%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
(1) Less happy 117 8%
(2) 85 6%
(3) 204 14%
(4) 374 25%
(5) 323 22%
(6) 197 13%
(7) More happy 173 12%

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

Selected
Friends nearby 843
58%
Friends who are not nearby (e.g., home or high school friends) 851
59%
Boyfriend or girlfriend, partner, spouse or significant other 544
37%
Teachers, coaches 163
11%
Parents, guardians 826
57%
Siblings 610
42%
Other family 281
19%
Clergy 19
1%
Counselors, therapists 219
15%
UCB student services support staff (counselor, advisor, etc.) 146
10%
No one (else) / myself only 100
7%
Other (please specify)
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28
2%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Very dissatisfied 45 3%
Fairly dissatisfied 75 6%
A little dissatisfied 123 9%
A little satisfied 188 14%
Fairly satisfied 523 39%
Very satisfied 394 29%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Very dissatisfied 67 5%
Fairly dissatisfied 93 6%
A little dissatisfied 127 9%
A little satisfied 219 15%
Fairly satisfied 537 37%
Very satisfied 399 28%

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 1,181 81%
No 269 19%

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