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) 766
57%
My parents' sources of funding (e.g., loans, wages, income, savings) 1059
79%
Contributions from grandparents or other family 260
19%
Other
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67
5%

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 118 8 46 19 15 18 4 6 19
47% 3% 18% 8% 6% 7% 2% 2% 8%
My savings and income 148 179 214 119 41 11 4 2 9
20% 25% 29% 16% 6% 2% 1% 0% 1%
Grants or scholarships that I do not repay 81 78 75 105 68 59 64 108 111
11% 10% 10% 14% 9% 8% 9% 14% 15%

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 415 411 15 28 30 24 5 16 31
43% 42% 2% 3% 3% 3% 1% 2% 3%
Savings and income 411 17 56 42 41 41 33 40 355
40% 2% 5% 4% 4% 4% 3% 4% 34%

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 109 120 1 1 0 1 0 0 3
46% 51% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1%
Savings and income 118 8 46 19 15 18 4 6 19
47% 3% 18% 8% 6% 7% 2% 2% 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 743 57%
1-5 hours 102 8%
6-10 hours 92 7%
11-15 hours 82 6%
16-25 hours 109 8%
26-35 hours 67 5%
More than 35 120 9%

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

I do not plan to work this semester 857 65%
1-5 hours 102 8%
6-10 hours 201 15%
11-15 hours 99 8%
16-25 hours 31 2%
26-35 hours 13 1%
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 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 452 453 42 101 127 51 36 14 22
35% 35% 3% 8% 10% 4% 3% 1% 2%
Your parents 499 577 33 39 25 19 16 12 27
40% 46% 3% 3% 2% 2% 1% 1% 2%
Your grandparents or other family 295 889 3 5 1 2 2 2 0
25% 74% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

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

Don't know 183 14%
$100 to $199 411 31%
$200 to $299 328 25%
$300 to $399 193 15%
$400 to $499 83 6%
$500 to $599 61 5%
$600 to $699 19 1%
$700 to $799 12 1%
$800 to $899 11 1%
$900 to $999 4 0%
$1,000 or more 8 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 506 39%
Yes, I accepted subsidized loans that I was offered 329 25%
No, I did not accept subsidized loans that I was offered 279 21%
I do not know if I have accepted a subsidized loan 190 15%

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

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

No 958 74%
Yes (please explain)
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345 27%

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?

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

UC Berkeley Home Page - www.berkeley.edu 216
16%
Berkeley email - Bmail 940
70%
myBerkeley App 391
29%
Campus news portal - UC Berkeley NewsCenter 56
4%
The Berkeley Blog 35
3%
Independent student newspaper - Daily Californian 142
11%
Monthly publication of the Cal Alumni Association - California magazine 22
2%
Newsletter for parents of UC Berkeley undergraduates - Letter Home 56
4%
Campus radio station (90.7 FM) - KALX 24
2%
IT-related news for the campus community - iNews headlines 8
1%
Student run magazine - Caliber Magazine 40
3%
Department or Division Websites 51
4%
Residence Halls 566
42%
Facebook 497
37%
Twitter 92
7%
YouTube 84
6%
Text message 283
21%
bSpace 387
29%
Info: In-person - fellow student 295
22%
Info: In-person - advisor 220
17%
Info: In-person - faculty 179
13%
Info: In-person - staff 155
12%
Other social media, please specify:
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9
1%
Other, please specify:
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9
1%

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