Part 2: Background & Personal Characteristics

Concern About Cost & Food Security
Family & Culture
Living Conditions
Challenge & 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 100 25%
Somewhat concerned 125 31%
Concerned 74 18%
Very concerned 108 27%

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) 194
46%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 50
12%
Plan to buy fewer books than required, buy cheaper used books, borrow/read books on reserve, rent books 253
61%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 97
23%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 13
3%
Will accept AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 186
45%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 70
17%
Will take or have taken an online course because online courses are cheaper 29
7%
Worked for pay to save for college 129
31%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 111
27%
Requested a triple (3-person room) to save money 165
40%
Will live at home to reduce expenses 14
3%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 110
26%
Applied for outside scholarships/grants 181
43%
Other (please specify)
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7
2%

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 157 39%
No 250 61%

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 116 29%
No 291 72%

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 44 11%
Disagree 56 14%
Somewhat disagree 64 16%
Somewhat agree 110 27%
Agree 101 25%
Strongly agree 32 8%

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 52 13%
No 354 87%

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

Housing 11
21%
Food 35
67%
Books 33
64%
Health care 10
19%
Other (Please explain)
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6
12%

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. 16 58 329
4% 14% 82%
I couldn't afford to eat balanced meals. 18 65 318
5% 16% 79%

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 354 88%
Yes, almost every month 13 3%
Yes, some months, but not every month 26 7%
Yes, only 1 or 2 months 9 2%

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 341 85%
Yes 62 15%

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 353 88%
Yes 49 12%

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. 312 78%
1997 4 1%
1998 11 3%
1999 4 1%
2000 11 3%
2001 4 1%
2002 3 1%
2003 6 2%
2004 9 2%
2005 2 1%
2006 2 1%
2007 1 0%
2008 2 1%
2009 1 0%
2010 1 0%
2011 1 0%
2012 7 2%
2013 3 1%
2015 or later 18 5%

When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 245 61%
Before I was 6 years old 119 30%
When I was 6-10 years old 27 7%
When I was 11-15 years old 10 3%
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 knowN/A
Parent/Guardian 1 145 255 1 0
36% 64% 0% 0%
Parent/Guardian 2 131 268 2 0
33% 67% 1% 0%

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

Zero 65 16%
One 14 4%
Two 52 13%
Three 11 3%
Four 260 65%

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

Wealthy 24 6%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 153 38%
Middle-class 131 33%
Working-class 40 10%
Low-income or poor 51 13%

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 16 4%
No 382 96%

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 4 1%
$10,000 to $19,999 22 6%
$20,000 to $34,999 19 5%
$35,000 to $49,999 19 5%
$50,000 to $64,999 21 6%
$65,000 to $79,999 21 6%
$80,000 to $99,999 26 7%
$100,000 to $124,999 41 12%
$125,000 to $149,999 38 11%
$150,000 to $199,999 50 14%
$200,000 to $499,000 72 21%
$500,000 or more 18 5%

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

Less than $10,000 1 7%
$10,000 to $19,999 1 7%
$20,000 to $34,999 3 21%
$35,000 to $49,999 3 21%
$100,000 to $124,999 2 14%
$125,000 to $149,999 1 7%
$150,000 to $199,999 1 7%
$200,000 to $499,999 2 14%

What is your religious/spiritual preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 35 9%
Not particularly spiritual 52 14%
No preference 41 11%
Agnostic 36 9%
Atheist 28 7%
Baptist 7 2%
Buddhist 7 2%
Christian Church (Disciples) 24 6%
Eastern Orthodox 5 1%
Episcopalian 1 0%
Hindu 12 3%
Jewish 16 4%
Lutheran 3 1%
Methodist 2 1%
Mormon 2 1%
Muslim 15 4%
Presbyterian 11 3%
Roman Catholic 55 14%
Seventh Day Adventist 1 0%
Sikh 3 1%
Other Christian 20 5%
Other Religion 5 1%

With which gender do you identify?

Male 133 34%
Female 253 64%
Trans Male/Trans Man 2 1%
Trans Female/Trans Woman 0 0%
Genderqueer/Gender Non-Conforming 4 1%
Different identity 2 1%

Do you consider yourself to be:

Heterosexual or straight 337 87%
Gay or lesbian 10 3%
Bisexual 22 6%
Questioning/Unsure 12 3%
Not listed above, please specify
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8 2%

How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 43 11%
Liberal 161 41%
Slightly liberal 56 14%
Moderate or middle of the road 84 22%
Slightly conservative 20 5%
Conservative 15 4%
Very conservative 1 0%
Other, please elaborate
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9 2%

Living Conditions

Where are you living this term?

Clark Kerr Campus 53 13%
Foothill 32 8%
Bowles 4 1%
Stern 17 4%
Unit 1 75 19%
Unit 2 (excluding Wada Apartments) 109 28%
Unit 3 (including Beverly Cleary Hall) 91 23%
Channing-Bowditch Apartments 0 0%
Martinez Commons 4 1%
University Village Albany (family housing) 1 0%
Wada Apartments 1 0%
New Sequoia or Garden Village Apartments 0 0%
Mills College or Holy Names University 0 0%
Living with family 2 1%
Sorority or fraternity 0 0%
Co-op Housing 0 0%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 8 2%
I have not (yet) found housing 0 0%
Other
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0 0%

How far from campus are you living this term?

On campus or less than 1 mile 306 78%
1 mile to 2 miles 67 17%
3 miles to 10 miles 8 2%
11 miles to 20 miles 8 2%
21 miles or more 4 1%

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

Yes - Not sure which plan 6 2%
Yes - Standard Plan (included in housing, 10-12 meals/wk.) 277 70%
Yes - Premium Plan (included in housing + $350/yr, 12-16 meals/wk.) 80 20%
Yes - Ultimate Plan (included in housing + $750/yr, 19+ meals/wk.) 20 5%
Yes - Non-Resident BLUE (5-6 meals/wk.) 0 0%
Yes - Non-Resident GOLD (7-8 meals/wk.) 1 0%
Yes - Non-Resident PLATINUM (9-11 meals/wk.) 1 0%
No 12 3%

With whom are you living this term?

No one. I live alone 4 1%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other UC Berkeley student 369 95%
I share an apartment with peers who are not UC Berkeley students 1 0%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner (with or without others) 0 0%
I live with at least one parent 8 2%
Other
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7 2%

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) 11 58 140 17 162
3% 15% 36% 4% 42%

0 (Zero)12345 or more
Children or teenagers under the age of 18 (do NOT count yourself as 1) 268 37 26 9 5 25
72% 10% 7% 2% 1% 7%

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 4 1%
No 389 99%

Are you a parent or legal guardian?

No 328 84%
Yes 65 17%

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

None 8 100%
1 0 0%
2 0 0%
3 0 0%
4 0 0%
5 or more 0 0%

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

None 8 100%
1 0 0%
2 0 0%
3 0 0%
4 0 0%
5 or more 0 0%

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) 123 83 102 64 9
32% 22% 27% 17% 2%
Family responsibilities 105 118 104 38 13
28% 31% 28% 10% 3%
Other responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 33 57 152 114 25
9% 15% 40% 30% 7%
Weak English skills 265 61 25 16 11
70% 16% 7% 4% 3%
Weak writing skills 207 80 61 20 11
55% 21% 16% 5% 3%
Weak math skills 171 83 85 27 10
46% 22% 23% 7% 3%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 106 103 114 46 10
28% 27% 30% 12% 3%
Poor study behaviors (e.g., wait until the last minute, too much social time, too much web surfing) 80 90 131 62 17
21% 24% 35% 16% 5%
Poor study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 96 129 105 38 12
25% 34% 28% 10% 3%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 70 89 129 65 28
18% 23% 34% 17% 7%
Physical illness or condition 141 147 71 16 5
37% 39% 19% 4% 1%
Military deployment 337 30 8 5 0
89% 8% 2% 1% 0%
Going hungry, not having enough food 276 65 29 7 2
73% 17% 8% 2% 1%
Inconsistent access to housing, or homelessness 333 31 13 1 2
88% 8% 3% 0% 1%
Inability to concentrate on my work 97 103 111 52 18
26% 27% 29% 14% 5%
Reluctance to ask for academic help when I need it 111 117 100 37 14
29% 31% 26% 10% 4%

In general, I consider myself:

(1) not a very happy person 4 1%
(2) 10 3%
(3) 24 6%
(4) 64 17%
(5) 125 33%
(6) 107 28%
(7) a very happy person 50 13%

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

(1) less happy 18 5%
(2) 22 6%
(3) 34 9%
(4) 93 24%
(5) 111 29%
(6) 72 19%
(7) more happy 34 9%

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

Friends nearby 286
71%
Friends who are not nearby (e.g., home or high school friends) 288
72%
Boyfriend or girlfriend, partner, spouse or significant other 97
24%
Teachers, coaches 65
16%
Parents, guardians 277
69%
Siblings 217
54%
Other family 99
25%
Clergy 11
3%
Counselors, therapists 37
9%
UCB student services support staff (counselor, advisor, etc.) 43
11%
No one (else) / myself only 5
1%
Other (please specify)
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9
2%

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

Very dissatisfied 12 3%
Fairly dissatisfied 21 6%
A little dissatisfied 25 7%
A little satisfied 42 11%
Fairly satisfied 153 41%
Very satisfied 123 33%

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

Very dissatisfied 9 2%
Fairly dissatisfied 15 4%
A little dissatisfied 26 7%
A little satisfied 40 11%
Fairly satisfied 163 43%
Very satisfied 125 33%

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 219 57%
No 163 43%