Part 4: Affordability

Affordability

1. Your expenses may vary from the official estimate, but Berkeley estimates the total cost for California residents living in University housing at about $32,900 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) 599 58%
My parents’ sources of funding (e.g., loans, wages, income, savings) 831 81%
Contributions from grandparents or other family 209 20%
Other 53 5%

Please specify: (N=52)

My personal sources of funding (e.g. loans, income, savings, grants and 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 114 206 16 89 97 19 5 6 18
20% 36% 3% 16% 17% 3% 1% 1% 3%
My savings and income 125 124 160 99 30 9 9 3 11
22% 22% 28% 17% 5% 2% 2% 1% 2%
Grants or scholarships that I do not repay 69 64 72 85 65 49 53 63 67
12% 11% 12% 15% 11% 8% 9% 11% 11%

Parents’ sources of funding (e.g. loans, income, savings, grants and 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 from various sources 309 326 18 29 14 17 15 11 25
40% 43% 2% 4% 2% 2% 2% 1% 3%
Savings and income 293 25 53 35 35 41 35 29 263
36% 3% 7% 4% 4% 5% 4% 4% 33%

Grandparents’ or other family members' 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 from various sources 75 96 7 1 2 1 0 0 2
41% 52% 4% 1% 1% 1% 0% 0% 1%
Savings and income 97 4 37 16 12 11 4 1 15
49% 2% 19% 8% 6% 6% 2% 1% 8%

2. 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 636 63%
1-5 hrs 64 6%
6-10 hrs 66 7%
11-15 hrs 55 6%
16-25 55 6%
26-35 62 6%
More than 35 69 7%

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

I do not plan to work this semester 639 63%
1-5 hrs 89 9%
6-10 hrs 158 16%
11-15 hrs 75 7%
16-25 31 3%
26-35 4 0%
More than 35 12 1%

4. By the time you graduate from Cal, what is the estimated total amount of loans that you and your parents will have to repay?

 An amount that I don’t knowNoneLess than $5,000$5,000 - 14,999$15,000 - 29,999$30,000 - 49,999$50,000 - $74,999$75,000 - $99,999$100,000 or more
You 353 343 28 70 90 53 16 12 26
36% 35% 3% 7% 9% 5% 2% 1% 3%
Your parents 390 426 28 36 16 18 17 12 27
40% 44% 3% 4% 2% 2% 2% 1% 3%
Your grandparents or other family 238 676 6 6 3 1 1 1 2
26% 72% 1% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

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

Don't know 115 11%
$100 to $199 196 19%
$200 to $299 274 27%
$300 to $399 189 19%
$400 to $499 101 10%
$500 to $599 73 7%
$600 to $699 38 4%
$700 to $799 10 1%
$800 to $899 9 1%
$900 to $999 4 0%
$1,000 or more 2 0%

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

Not Applicable; I was not offered subsidized loans 441 44%
Yes, I accepted subsidized loans that I was offered 299 30%
No, I did not accept subsidized loans that I was offered 263 26%

6a. Please share with us why you did not accept the subsidized loans.

(N=263) [Contact OPA for more information]

7. As you start this term, has there been an expense that greatly exceeded your anticipated budget amount.

(N=1,028) [Contact OPA for more information]

8. Thanks for taking the time to share information about yourself with us. Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about your experiences as a new Berkeley student?

(N=1,028) [Contact OPA for more information]

9. Finally, which form(s) of Social Media do you use the most to get updated information about the campus? (Please select up to five)

UC Berkeley Home Page 292 28%
Berkeley email – Calmail 933 91%
myBerkeley App 607 59%
Campus news portal - UC Berkeley NewsCenter 13 1%
The Berkeley Blog 11 1%
Independent student newspaper - Daily Californian 112 11%
Monthly publication of the Cal Alumni Association - California magazine 7 1%
Newsletter for parents of UC Berkeley undergraduates - Letter Home 5 1%
Campus radio station (90.7 FM) - KALX 2 0%
IT-related news for the campus community - iNews headlines 4 0%
Student run magazine - Caliber Magazine 20 2%
Departmental Websites 142 14%
Residence Halls 564 55%
Facebook 583 57%
Other 27 3%

Please specify (N=3)

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