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 $33,500 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) 762
55%
My parents' sources of funding (e.g., loans, wages, income, savings) 1079
77%
Contributions from grandparents or other family 228
16%
Other 65
5%

Please specify: (N=64) 

How You are Paying for Your Current Academic Year Expenses? 

1a.  My 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 to me that I must repay 101 287 31 88 147 31 14 8 17
14% 40% 4% 12% 20% 4% 2% 1% 2%
My savings and income 130 186 230 114 39 7 4 4 10
18% 26% 32% 16% 5% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Grants or scholarships that I do not repay 75 65 77 106 72 76 60 110 104
10% 9% 10% 14% 10% 10% 8% 15% 14%

1b.  Parents' 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 375 435 19 30 33 19 5 21 40
38% 45% 2% 3% 3% 2% 1% 2% 4%
Savings and income 371 30 57 56 44 47 34 47 361
35% 3% 5% 5% 4% 5% 3% 5% 35%

1c.  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 85 100 3 2 3 1 0 0 0
44% 52% 2% 1% 2% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Savings and income 91 7 43 15 16 7 7 6 25
42% 3% 20% 7% 7% 3% 3% 3% 12%

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 819 61%
1-5 hours 91 7%
6-10 hours 101 8%
11-15 hours 56 4%
16-25 hours 105 8%
26-35 hours 67 5%
More than 35 110 8%

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

I do not plan to work this semester 863 64%
1-5 hours 116 9%
6-10 hours 190 14%
11-15 hours 124 9%
16-25 hours 37 3%
26-35 hours 7 1%
More than 35 15 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 to 14,999$15,000 to 29,999$30,000 to 49,999$50,000 to 74,999$75,000 to $99,999$100,000 or more
You 455 478 38 89 132 65 40 11 21
34% 36% 3% 7% 10% 5% 3% 1% 2%
Your parents 521 589 20 29 22 24 16 20 29
41% 46% 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 2%
Your grandparents or other family 303 920 2 3 1 2 0 1 2
25% 75% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

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

Don't know 173 13%
$100 to $199 361 27%
$200 to $299 344 25%
$300 to $399 217 16%
$400 to $499 127 9%
$500 to $599 78 6%
$600 to $699 26 2%
$700 to $799 10 1%
$800 to $899 7 1%
$900 to $999 5 0%
$1,000 or more 9 1%

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

Not Applicable; I was not offered subsidized loans 675 50%
Yes, I accepted subsidized loans that I was offered 364 27%
No, I did not accept subsidized loans that I was offered 306 23%

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

(N=255)  [Contact OPA for more information] 

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

(N=987)  [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=649)  [Contact OPA for more information] 

9.  Where would you like to get updated information about the campus? (Please select up to five):

UC Berkeley Home Page - www.berkeley.edu 222
16%
Berkeley email - Bmail 926
67%
myBerkeley App 435
31%
Campus news portal - UC Berkeley NewsCenter 47
3%
The Berkeley Blog 34
2%
Independent student newspaper - Daily Californian 105
8%
Monthly publication of the Cal Alumni Association - California magazine 25
2%
Newsletter for parents of UC Berkeley undergraduates - Letter Home 41
3%
Campus radio station (90.7 FM) - KALX 19
1%
IT-related news for the campus community - iNews headlines 10
1%
Student run magazine - Caliber Magazine 32
2%
Department or Division Websites 53
4%
Residence Halls 585
42%
Facebook 471
34%
Twitter 77
6%
YouTube 87
6%
Text message 262
19%
bSpace 692
50%
In-person - fellow student 301
22%
In-person - advisor 231
17%
In-person - faculty 164
12%
In-person - staff 154
11%
Other social media 7
1%
Other 4
0%

Other social media, Please specify: (N=2)

Other, Please specify: (N=4)

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