Cost of Attendance

UC Berkeley calculates the estimated undergraduate costs using the student budget. This represents the average amounts paid by UC students, based on three types of housing situations: living in a residence hall, living off campus, and living with relatives.

The student budget is a major factor in setting the amount of financial aid you may receive as an admitted student. Your budget is based on the housing option you select on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) until your housing status is confirmed by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

A Berkeley education earns our graduates an additional $26,333 each year in income over those who did not go to college.

Undergraduate Student Budget 2015-16*

Academic Year 2015-16

Living in a Campus Residence Hall

Living in an Apartment

Living with Relatives

Direct Costs Charged by UC Berkeley
Tuition and Fees $13,432 $13,432 $13,432
Room and Board $14,388    
Total Direct Costs $27,820 $13,432 $13,432
Other Estimated Costs
Housing and Utilities   $7,184 $2,616
Food $1,034 $2,580 $1,752
Books and Supplies $1,240 $1,240 $1,240
Personal $2,018 $2,138 $2,362
Transportation $534 $732 $1,658
Total Cost of Attendance $32,646 $27,306 $23,060

Optional Student Health Insurance Plan, add $2,580. Out-of-state residents add $24,024 in Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding or other developments.

Looking for 2014-15 student budgets? Find them here.

*Updated July 20, 2015

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