2012 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 4

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) 610 73%
My parents’ sources of funding (e.g., loans, wages, income, savings) 385 46%
Contributions from grandparents or other family 95 11%
Other 98 12%

Please specify: (N=93)

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 65 192 18 55 169 45 19 11 11
11% 33% 3% 9% 29% 8% 3% 2% 2%
My savings and income 62 80 193 134 60 31 13 3 12
11% 14% 33% 23% 10% 5% 2% 1% 2%
Grants or scholarships that I do not repay 53 65 40 33 65 83 131 83 49
9% 11% 7% 6% 11% 14% 22% 14% 8%

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 122 159 6 15 9 11 6 7 14
35% 46% 2% 4% 3% 3% 2% 2% 4%
Savings and income 124 15 30 32 37 22 11 10 98
33% 4% 8% 8% 10% 6% 3% 3% 26%

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 30 46 6 0 1 0 1 0 1
35% 54% 7% 0% 1% 0% 1% 0% 1%
Savings and income 31 2 19 6 9 6 3 4 10
34% 2% 21% 7% 10% 7% 3% 4% 11%

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 362 45%
1-5 hrs 31 4%
6-10 hrs 44 5%
11-15 hrs 54 7%
16-25 117 14%
26-35 82 10%
More than 35 124 15%

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

I do not plan to work this semester 449 55%
1-5 hrs 55 7%
6-10 hrs 117 14%
11-15 hrs 92 11%
16-25 76 9%
26-35 18 2%
More than 35 9 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 184 207 50 151 125 50 20 4 8
23% 26% 6% 19% 16% 6% 3% 1% 1%
Your parents 174 460 20 16 17 15 9 2 9
24% 64% 3% 2% 2% 2% 1% 0% 1%
Your grandparents or other family 113 567 8 2 0 1 0 0 2
16% 82% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

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

Don't know 78 10%
$100 to $199 127 16%
$200 to $299 208 26%
$300 to $399 164 20%
$400 to $499 101 12%
$500 to $599 75 9%
$600 to $699 28 3%
$700 to $799 17 2%
$800 to $899 7 1%
$900 to $999 3 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 238 29%
Yes, I accepted subsidized loans that I was offered 336 41%
No, I did not accept subsidized loans that I was offered 237 29%

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

(N=237) [Contact OPA for more information]

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

(N=830) [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=830) [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 – www.berkeley.edu 354 43%
Berkeley email – Calmail 737 89%
myBerkeley App 415 50%
Campus news portal - UC Berkeley NewsCenter 27 3%
The Berkeley Blog 10 1%
Independent student newspaper - Daily Californian 91 11%
Monthly publication of the Cal Alumni Association - California magazine 3 0%
Newsletter for parents of UC Berkeley undergraduates - Letter Home 6 1%
Campus radio station (90.7 FM) - KALX 15 2%
IT-related news for the campus community - iNews headlines 6 1%
Student run magazine - Caliber Magazine 12 1%
Departmental Websites 186 22%
Residence Halls 131 16%
Facebook 398 48%
Other 36 4%

Please specify (N=11)

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