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 2014-15*

Academic Year 2014-15

Living in a Campus Residence Hall

Living in an Apartment

Living with Relatives

Direct Costs Charged by UC Berkeley
Tuition and Fees $12,972 $12,972 $12,972
Room and Board $14,414    
Total Direct Costs $27,386 $12,972 $12,972
Other Estimated Costs
Housing and Utilities   $7,112 $2,582
Food $1,024 $2,556 $1,736
Books and Supplies $1,230 $1,230 $1,230
Personal $1,998 $2,116 $2,340
Transportation $530 $724 $1,638
Total Cost of Attendance $32,168 $26,710 $22,498

Optional Student Health Insurance Plan, add $2,190. Nonresidents of California, add $22,878 in nonresident supplemental tuition and fees. Costs are subject to change.

Looking for 2013-14 student budgets? Find them here.

*Posted on July 17, 2014

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