Resources and Support for Staying Enrolled for Spring 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many new challenges for college students, and for some staying enrolled in classes may be more difficult than normal. 

In order to make an informed decision regarding your enrollment and your future, we encourage you to explore UC Berkeley resources that can support you and review the larger impacts of not enrolling. 

I’m struggling with remote instruction  

We hear you. Taking classes remotely can be hard. With several terms of remote learning behind us, changes have been made and there are resources available to support you. 

  • Nearly 200 in-person undergraduate classes will be offered in Spring 2021, assuming public health conditions permit. View the schedule of classes or explore the Suggested Classes Twitter feed for classes with available seats. 

  • Berkeley instructors are increasingly offering asynchronous options and incorporating new strategies into their teaching. Look for more details in the “class notes” section of the class schedule.

  • Just like Fall 2020, the deadline to change a Spring 2021 course to a pass/not pass grading basis for Letters and Sciences students has been extended through the end of instruction. All of the colleges have also taken steps to relax the letter grade requirements. Consult with your college and major advisor about taking a course P/NP in the Spring. 

  • Access remote study tips from your student peers. 

  • The Student Learning Center offers virtual service in many disciplines

  • If you need hardware (e.g., laptop, noise-canceling headphones, webcam), you can apply for STEP (Student Technology Equity Program).

  • The Disabled Students’ Program provides accommodations and services for students with disabilities in the academic environment.

I’m struggling with my well-being 

You are not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has had wide-reaching effects, and many students are facing new challenges with mental health and wellbeing. Know that there are resources at UC Berkeley to support you.

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides mental health resources to students. You can call CAPS at (510) 642-9494, or call the after-hours counseling line (855) 817-5667. Counselors are available for virtual counseling appointments by phone or video.

  • Recalibrate can connect you to wellness resources designed for the entire campus community. 

  • The Basic Needs Center provides essential resources that impact student’s health, belonging, persistence, and overall well-being. You can also book a virtual appointment with the Basic Needs Manager by emailing or calling (510) 519-4003 (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) for immediate support.

  • Read Student Affairs’s message on resources for stress and mental health needs or the Berkeley Life article “Find your balance” to find even more resources to support.

  • Remember that SHIP insurance based on your fall 2020 registration only covers you until December 31, 2020. If you do not enroll in classes in the Spring, you would need to line up another health insurance option for continuous coverage.

I’m struggling financially 

  • Remaining continuously enrolled can help you earn your degree on time and save you money in the long run. 

  • UC Berkeley has several resources to help students who are struggling with financial concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. You could be eligible for a short-term emergency loan or it could make sense for you to apply for an expected family contribution appeal. Visit the Financial Aid website to see if these might be the right steps for you. Cal Student Central is also providing online and phone advising for financial aid, registration, and billing inquiries. Visit their website for information on hours for phone advising or create a case with your inquiry.

  • The federal government has suspended loan payments until January 31, 2021, but it is not guaranteed that this suspension will continue beyond that date. This means that if you are not enrolled for a period of 6 months, you could enter loan repayment. Read more at the Federal Student Aid website.

  • Enrollment can affect your UC Berkeley job. Students can’t continue to earn work study if they are no longer enrolled, which can affect their employer’s ability to retain them. Student staff positions also require you to be enrolled and typically only offer a limited grace period. Contact your employer to see how enrollment can affect your position.

Ready to enroll? Read about the next steps.

Still considering your enrollment options? Please reach out to a college advisor to discuss further. L&S students can start with the L&S Virtual Front Desk. International students are encouraged to contact the Berkeley International Office and athletes are encouraged to contact their athletic advisor.