Part 2: Background

Your Background and Personal Characteristics

Concern About Cost

1. How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education NEXT YEAR? (Next year is defined as Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.)

Not at all concerned 108 10%
Unconcerned 97 9%
Somewhat unconcerned 146 14%
Somewhat concerned 233 22%
Concerned 203 19%
Very concerned  271 26%

2.  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 747 70%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 139 13%
Plan to buy fewer books than listed as required, to buy cheaper used books, to read books on reserve 656 61%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 292 27%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 57 5%
Will accepted AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 518 48%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 188 18%
Will take or have taken an online course because online courses are cheaper 41 4%
Worked for pay to save for college 339 32%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 304 28%
Requested a triple to save money 257 24%
Will live at home to reduce expenses 33 3%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 189 18%
Other 56 5%

Please Specify (N=56)

3a.  Have you heard about the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, which ensures that scholarships and grants will cover fees for students from families making less than $80,000 a year, with financial need?

Yes 490 47%
No 559 53%

3b. Have you heard about the Berkeley Middle Class Access Plan (MCAP), a new financial aid program available to families in the $80,000 - $140,000 annual income range?.

Yes 351 34%
No 696 67%

3c. 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 75 7%
Disagree 120 12%
Somewhat disagree 170 16%
Somewhat agree 360 34%
Agree 250 24%
Strongly agree 73 7%

3d. 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 158 15%
No 890 85%

Please elaborate (N=156)

4.  Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about the impact of the cost to attend on your educational experience at Cal? (Please be as brief as reasonably possible.)

 (N=1,066)        [Contact OPA for more information]

5.  When did you come to the United States to live?

I was born in the U.S. 707 68%
1992 or earlier 3 0%
1993 12 1%
1994 28 3%
1995 8 1%
1996 18 2%
1997 7 1%
1998 14 1%
1999 16 1%
2000 28 3%
2001 22 2%
2002 5 0%
2003 5 0%
2004 9 1%
2005 8 1%
2006 8 1%
2007 7 1%
2008 11 1%
2009 9 1%
2010 5 0%
2011 or later 115 11%

6.  When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 569 54%
Before I was 5 years old 238 23%
When I was 6 to 10 years old 179 17%
When I was 11 to 15 years old 48 5%
After turning 16 years old 11 1%

7. To the best of your knowledge, where were these relatives born?

 In U.S.Outside the U.S.
My mother 305 741
29% 71%
My father 329 715
32% 69%
My mother's mother 246 795
24% 76%
My father's mother 260 778
25% 75%
My mother's father 250 791
24% 76%
My father's father 265 771
26% 74%

7a.  What is the highest level of education reached by your mother?

None (did not receive formal education) 0 0%
Less than high school diploma 2 1%
High school diploma 50 16%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 26 9%
Bachelor's degree 109 36%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 5 2%
Master's degree 70 23%
Professional degree 23 8%
Doctorate 19 6%

7a. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother?

 Not applicableNone (did not receive formal education)Less than high school diploma or equivalentHigh school diploma or equivalentAssociate's or postsecondary certificateBachelor's degree or equivalentPost-baccalaureate certificate or equivalentMaster's degree or equivalentProfessional degree or equivalentDoctorate or equivalent
In United States 315 83 22 32 45 62 8 82 15 23
46% 12% 1% 5% 7% 9% 1% 12% 2% 3%
In Foreign Country 62 27 100 131 37 221 9 76 16 23
9% 4% 14% 19% 5% 31% 1% 11% 2% 3%

7b.  What is the highest level of education reached by your father?

None (did not receive formal education) 0 0%
Less than high school diploma 9 3%
High school diploma 59 18%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 21 6%
Bachelor's degree 95 29%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 6 2%
Master's degree 61 19%
Professional degree 29 9%
Doctorate 48 15%

7b. What was the highest level of education reached by your father?

 Not applicableNone (did not receive formal education)Less than high school diploma or equivalentHigh school diploma or equivalentAssociate's or postsecondary certificateBachelor's degree or equivalentPost-baccalaureate certificate or equivalentMaster's degree or equivalentProfessional degree or equivalentDoctorate or equivalent
In United States 263 69 20 20 33 48 10 94 28 73
40% 10% 3% 3% 5% 7% 2% 14% 4% 11%
In Foreign Country 57 29 85 108 24 214 4 86 19 43
9% 4% 13% 16% 4% 32% 1% 13% 3% 6%

8.  To the best of your knowledge, how many of your grandparents went to college?

I don't know 267 26%
None 365 35%
One 107 10%
Two 139 13%
Three 67 6%
Four 98 9%

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

Wealthy 29 3%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 302 29%
Middle-class 401 38%
Working-class 179 17%
Low-income or poor 133 13%

10. 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 23 2%
No 1020 98%

11. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2011?

Less than $10,000 52 6%
$10,000 to $19,999 67 7%
$20,000 to $34,999 104 11%
$35,000 to $49,999 65 7%
$50,000 to $64,999 65 7%
$65,000 to $79,999 75 8%
$80,000 to $99,999 94 10%
$100,000 to $124,999 124 13%
$125,000 to $149,999 66 7%
$150,000 to $199,999 85 9%
$200,000 or more 142 15%

11. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes your household's total annual combined income before taxes in 2011?

Less than $10,000 5 22%
$10,000 to $19,999 1 4%
$20,000 to $34,999 4 17%
$35,000 to $49,999 4 17%
$50,000 to $64,999 3 13%
$65,000 to $79,999 1 4%
$80,000 to $99,999 0 0%
$100,000 to $124,999 1 4%
$125,000 to $149,999 1 4%
$150,000 to $199,999 1 4%
$200,000 or more 2 9%

12.  What is your religious/spiritual preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 98 10%
Not particularly spiritual 114 11%
No preference 124 12%
Agnostic 103 10%
Atheist 106 11%
Baptist 21 2%
Buddhist 40 4%
Christian Church (Disciples) 55 6%
Eastern Orthodox 4 0%
Episcopalian 4 0%
Hindu 31 3%
Jewish 25 3%
Lutheran 7 1%
Methodist 6 1%
Mormon 4 0%
Muslim 24 2%
Presbyterian 32 3%
Quaker 1 0%
Roman Catholic 126 13%
Seventh Day Adventist 1 0%
Sikh 6 1%
Taoist 1 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 3 0%
United Church of Christ/Congregational 2 0%
Other Christian 55 6%
Other Religion 9 1%

13.  What is your sexual orientation?

Bisexual 20 2%
Gay/Lesbian 23 2%
Heterosexual 887 86%
Questioning/Unsure 22 2%
Self-identified Queer 3 0%
Decline to state 56 5%
Other 21 2%

Please specify: (N=21)

14. With which gender do you identify?

Woman 537 52%
Man 490 47%
Decline to state 11 1%
Other 3 0%

Do you identify as transgender?

No 1026 100%
Yes 3 0%

15.  How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 71 7%
Liberal 317 31%
Slightly liberal 208 20%
Moderate or middle of the road 279 27%
Slightly conservative 87 8%
Conservative 54 5%
Very conservative 15 2%

16. Do you have a roommate who differs from you in the following ways?

 YesNoI don't know
Gender 6 997 28
1% 97% 3%
Sexual orientation 52 825 154
5% 80% 15%
Race/ethnicity 662 338 31
64% 33% 3%
Social or economic class 389 285 356
38% 28% 35%
Immigrant or recent immigrant status 271 580 179
26% 56% 17%
Political party affiliation 152 264 612
15% 26% 60%
Religious preference 471 203 359
46% 20% 35%

21. Where will you be living this term?

Clark Kerr Campus 160 16%
Foothill 147 14%
Bowles 43 4%
Stern 50 5%
Unit 1 233 23%
Unit 2  (excluding Wada Apartments) 186 18%
Unit 3 (including Beverly Cleary Hall) 168 16%
Channing-Bowditch Apartments 0 0%
Martinez Commons 0 0%
University Village Albany (family housing) 1 0%
Wada Apartments 0 0%
Living with family 7 1%
Sorority or fraternity 0 0%
Co-op Housing 3 0%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 33 3%
Other 4 0%

Please specify (N=4)

22. How far from campus do you live?

On campus or < 1 mile 820 80%
1 mile to 2 miles 161 16%
3 miles to 10 miles 23 2%
11 to 20 miles 9 1%
21 miles or more 13 1%

23. With whom do you live?

No one. I live alone 16 2%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other Cal student 948 93%
I share an apartment with peers who are not Cal students 5 1%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner (with or without others) 1 0%
I live with at least one parent 15 2%
Other 32 3%

23a. What is the composition of your residence hall or household while attending Berkeley this term?

 0 (Zero)12345 or more
College students or other adults (count yourself as 1) 5 32 111 143 47 681
1% 3% 11% 14% 5% 67%
Teenagers 13-17 386 50 28 21 16 74
67% 9% 5% 4% 3% 13%
Children 6-12 540 8 3 2 0 1
98% 1% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Children 5 and younger 543 1 2 1 1 1
99% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

23b. Please indicate whether or not you are a Theme Program resident and, if so, which program you are a part of (choose one):

I am not a Theme Program resident 828 95%
African American Theme Program (AATP) 9 1%
Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH) 4 1%
Casa Magdalena Mora (CASA) 7 1%
Global Environment Theme Program (GETH) 5 1%
Native American Theme Program 4 1%
Unity House 4 1%
Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) 10 1%

24. In general, I consider myself:   

1 (not a very happy person) 5 1%
2 17 2%
3 49 5%
4 133 13%
5 303 29%
6 365 35%
7 (a very happy person) 162 16%

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

1 (less happy) 23 2%
2 30 3%
3 82 8%
4 216 21%
5 306 30%
6 271 26%
7 (more happy) 104 10%

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

parents, guardians 713 68%
friends nearby 844 81%
teachers, coaches 168 16%
siblings 452 43%
online friends 244 23%
clergy 30 3%
other family 149 14%
counselors, therapists 70 7%
UCB student services support staff (counselor, advisor, etc.) 71 7%
other 114 11%

Please specify (N=110)

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

very dissatisfied 40 4%
fairly dissatisfied 58 6%
a little dissatisfied 95 9%
a little satisfied 114 11%
fairly satisfied 434 42%
very satisfied 290 28%

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

very dissatisfied 48 5%
fairly dissatisfied 57 6%
a little dissatisfied 54 5%
a little satisfied 107 10%
fairly satisfied 404 39%
very satisfied 362 35%

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