2008 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 5

Affordability

1. Your expenses may vary from the official estimate, but Berkeley estimates the total cost for California residents living off campus at about $22,200 for the academic year.

How are you paying for your expenses for your first year at Berkeley, including registration fees, housing, meals, transportation, and books?

662  (69.6%)   My personal sources of funding (e.g. loans, income, savings, grants & scholarships)

406  (42.7%)   Loans to me that I must repay

A significant amount that I don't know$0 (Zero out)$2,000 or less$2,001 to $5,000$5,001 to $10,000$10,001 to $15,000$15,001 to $20,000Over $20,000
44 (10.9%)   17 (4.2%) 112 (27.8%) 140 (34.7%) 42 (10.4%) 17 (4.2%) 31 (7.7%)

333  (35.0%)   My savings and income

A significant amount that I don't know$0 (Zero out)$2,000 or less$2,001 to $5,000$5,001 to $10,000$10,001 to $15,000$15,001 to $20,000Over $20,000
50 (15.2%) 6 (1.8%) 81 (24.5%) 97 (29.4%) 59 (17.9%) 22 (6.7%) 6 (1.8%) 9 (2.7%)

485  (51.0%)   Grants or scholarships to me that I will not repay

A significant amount that I don't know$0 (Zero out)$2,000 or less$2,001 to $5,000$5,001 to $10,000$10,001 to $15,000$15,001 to $20,000Over $20,000
57 (11.9%) 1 (0.2%) 46 (9.6%) 75 (15.6%) 114 (23.8%) 108 (22.5%) 62 (12.9%) 17 (3.5%)

396  (41.6%)   My parents' sources of funding (e.g., loans, income, savings)

105  (11.0%)   Parents' loans that they will repay

A significant amount that I don't know$0 (Zero out)$2,000 or less$2,001 to $5,000$5,001 to $10,000$10,001 to $15,000$15,001 to $20,000Over $20,000
30  (28.0%) 1  (0.9%)   4  (3.7%)   15  (14.0%) 15  (14.0%) 17  (15.9%)   14  (13.1%)   11  (10.3%)  

328  (34.5%)   Parents' savings and income

A significant amount that I don't know$0 (Zero out)$2,000 or less$2,001 to $5,000$5,001 to $10,000$10,001 to $15,000$15,001 to $20,000Over $20,000
146 (44.6%) 2 (0.6%) 30 (9.2%) 25 (7.6%) 36 (11.0%) 16 (4.9%) 21 (6.4%) 5 (15.6%)

68  (7.2%)   Contributions from grandparents or other family

2  (0.2%)   Loans taken by my grandparents or other family members

A significant amount that I don't know$0 (Zero out)$2,000 or less$2,001 to $5,000$5,001 to $10,000$10,001 to $15,000$15,001 to $20,000Over $20,000
          1 (50.0%)   1 (50.0%)

67  (7.0%)   Grandparents' or other family members' savings and income

A significant amount that I don't know$0 (Zero out)$2,000 or less$2,001 to $5,000$5,001 to $10,000$10,001 to $15,000$15,001 to $20,000Over $20,000
24 (35.3%) 2 (2.9%) 17 (25.0%) 5 (7.4%) 5 (7.4%) 3 (4.4%) 2 (2.9%) 1 (14.7%)

57  (6.0%)   Other

30  (3.2%)   Other sources – loans

A significant amount that I don't know$0 (Zero out)$2,000 or less$2,001 to $5,000$5,001 to $10,000$10,001 to $15,000$15,001 to $20,000Over $20,000
6 (20.7%) 1 (3.4%) 3 (10.3%) 1  (37.9%) 6 (20.7%)     2 (6.9%)

31  (3.3%)   Other sources - savings and income

A significant amount that I don't know$0 (Zero out)$2,000 or less$2,001 to $5,000$5,001 to $10,000$10,001 to $15,000$15,001 to $20,000Over $20,000
10 (34.5%) 1 (3.4%) 9 (31.0%) 3 (10.3%) 1 (3.4%) 1 (3.4%) 2 (6.9%) 2 (6.9%)

4. If you worked for pay in the summer of 2008, how many hours per week did you usually work?

341  (37.1%)   I did not work any hours this summer
30  (3.3%)   1-5
43  (4.7%)   6-10
59  (6.4%)   11-15
143  (15.6%)   16-25
113  (12.3%)   26-35
189  (20.6%)   More than 35

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

533  (58.1%)   None
72  (7.9%)   1-5
113  (12.3%)   6-10
103  (11.2%)   11-15
64  (7.0%)   16-20
32  (3.5%)   21 or more

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

 NoneLess than $5,000$5,000-14,999$15,000-29,999$30,000-49,999$50,000 or more
You 278  (31.4%)   119  (13.4%)   247  (27.9%)   156  (17.6%)   49  (5.5%)   36  (4.1%)  
Your parents 509  (69.1%)   55  (7.5%)   81  (11.0%)   43  (5.8%)   28  (3.8%)   21  (2.8%)  

5. How much did books cost you for this term?

9  (1.0%)   $1,000 or more
  5  (0.5%)   $900 to $999
  16  (1.7%)   $800 to $899
  27  (2.9%)   $700 to $799
  53  (5.8%)   $600 to $699
  98  (10.7%)   $500 to $599
  157  (17.1%)   $400 to $499
  231  (25.1%)   $300 to $399
  206  (22.4%)   $200 to $299
  99  (10.8%)   $100 to $199
  18  (2.0%)   Don't know
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6. Has there been an expense that greatly exceeded your anticipated budget amount?

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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 impending experience as a community college transfer student at Berkeley?

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