2013 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 $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) 619
72%
My parents' sources of funding (e.g., loans, wages, income, savings) 406
47%
Contributions from grandparents or other family 93
11%
Other 73
9%

Please specify: (N=70) 

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 61 202 15 60 171 42 18 6 16
10% 34% 3% 10% 29% 7% 3% 1% 3%
My savings and income 65 89 195 124 63 36 8 3 13
11% 15% 33% 21% 11% 6% 1% 1% 2%
Grants or scholarships that I do not repay 51 62 50 36 37 80 95 128 69
8% 10% 8% 6% 6% 13% 16% 21% 11%

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 123 165 8 14 9 15 9 4 11
34% 46% 2% 4% 3% 4% 3% 1% 3%
Savings and income 126 6 36 31 43 27 14 8 99
32% 2% 9% 8% 11% 7% 4% 2% 25%

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 25 49 4 2 3 1 1 0 0
29% 58% 5% 2% 4% 1% 1% 0% 0%
Savings and income 28 8 14 14 5 5 5 2 7
32% 9% 16% 16% 6% 6% 6% 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 383 45%
1-5 hours 27 3%
6-10 hours 58 7%
11-15 hours 47 6%
16-25 hours 107 13%
26-35 hours 89 11%
More than 35 135 16%

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 53%
1-5 hours 67 8%
6-10 hours 128 15%
11-15 hours 102 12%
16-25 hours 72 9%
26-35 hours 17 2%
More than 35 13 2%

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 194 235 46 166 133 39 13 3 4
23% 28% 6% 20% 16% 5% 2% 0% 1%
Your parents 182 448 20 26 23 16 10 2 7
25% 61% 3% 4% 3% 2% 1% 0% 1%
Your grandparents or other family 127 568 4 2 2 4 1 0 0
18% 80% 1% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0%

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

Don't know 93 11%
$100 to $199 189 22%
$200 to $299 189 22%
$300 to $399 141 17%
$400 to $499 82 10%
$500 to $599 64 8%
$600 to $699 39 5%
$700 to $799 20 2%
$800 to $899 15 2%
$900 to $999 6 1%
$1,000 or more 7 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 291 35%
Yes, I accepted subsidized loans that I was offered 325 39%
No, I did not accept subsidized loans that I was offered 224 27%

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

(N=198)  [Contact OPA for more information] 

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

(N=646)  [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=425)  [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 178
21%
Berkeley email - Bmail 588
68%
myBerkeley App 236
27%
Campus news portal - UC Berkeley NewsCenter 29
3%
The Berkeley Blog 23
3%
Independent student newspaper - Daily Californian 47
6%
Monthly publication of the Cal Alumni Association - California magazine 13
2%
Newsletter for parents of UC Berkeley undergraduates - Letter Home 31
4%
Campus radio station (90.7 FM) - KALX 28
3%
IT-related news for the campus community - iNews headlines 11
1%
Student run magazine - Caliber Magazine 23
3%
Department or Division Websites 73
9%
Residence Halls 101
12%
Facebook 269
31%
Twitter 26
3%
YouTube 48
6%
Text message 161
19%
bSpace 443
52%
In-person - fellow student 163
19%
In-person - advisor 228
27%
In-person - faculty 151
18%
In-person - staff 144
17%
Other social media 3
0%
Other 8
1%

Other social media, Please specify: (N=0)

Other, Please specify: (N=8)

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