Tuition & Fees
In addition to tuition, UC Berkeley students pay several types of fees, including a campus fee, tuition fees, student services fee, and others. A summary of these fees is included below. All fees are automatically billed to your account and will be reflected on monthly electronic bills. All fees are subject to change. (For total fees and a comprehensive student budget, visit Financial Aid's Cost of Attendance page.)
Financial Aid Recipients
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office releases financial aid no sooner than 10 days before the start of instruction, as long as a student meets the eligibility requirements. Students can check the status of their aid by visiting CalCentral. If financial aid payments exceed charges, the extra funds will be issued to the student as a refund 5–10 days after payments are posted. If a student's financial aid payments do not cover all of their charges, the student is responsible for paying the remaining balance.
Submit your Application for Candidacy to the Doctoral Degree (Plan A or B) form to the Graduate Degrees Office. File this form no later than the end of the semester after the semester in which you passed the Qualifying Examination. A $90 Advancement to Candidacy Fee is required; revenue from this fee is used to support graduate-student professional development.
The campus fee items (subject to change) currently include:
- Associated Students of University of California (ASUC) $27.50
- Student Center $6.00
- Ethnic Studies $2.25
- Life Safety $46.00
- Recruitment and Retention Centers $3.00
- Campus Health Care $73.50
- Green Initiative Fund $8.00
- Lower Sproul Fee $261.00
- Daily Cal V.O.I.C.E. $2.50
- Student Technology $51.00
- Wellness $160.00
- Educational Opportunity & Equity $20.00
- Campus Climate & Equity $29.00
- Housing Security $4.00
This mandatory fee is assessed of all students. (Students in some special programs are exempt from this fee and are ineligible for the benefits of the Class Pass.) The fee provides for an AC Transit Class Pass, which students may use for unlimited rides on AC Transit buses and Bear Transit shuttles. Please visit the UCB Parking and Transportation website for detailed information about the AC Transit Class Pass.
A course materials and services fee (CMSF) is assessed of students enrolled in specially-designated courses. The fee, which varies by section and is indicated in the course listings, is assessed to students enrolled in these courses. Students who drop the course(s) after the deadline are not entitled to a refund of the CMSF.
At this time, certain courses in these areas require a CMSF:
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Earth and Planetary Science
- Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
- Integrative Biology
- Molecular and Cell Biology
- Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology
- Physical Education
- School of Public Health
- Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies
Note: Other courses may also require this fee.
This fee is a consolidation of eleven existing transaction fees into a single, one-time fee covering a variety of documents and services for the lifetime of the degree. The one-time, nonrefundable fee varies depending upon program:
Masters, PDF paying, self-supporting students $89
JD, LLM, and Law Summer-Only $29
Summer-Only and EAP visiting students $56
If you are a Summer Sessions student who paid the Document Management fee and are admitted as a new student for the following fall term, you will only be responsible for the balance of the appropriate document fee for your degree goal.
Services not covered by the document management fee will still be subject to transaction fees. These include, but aren’t limited to: express shipping, enclosure of forms with transcripts, customized verifications, replacement diplomas, and notary services. Additionally, students and alumni must clear any financial holds before obtaining official transcript services.
If you are a sponsored student whose fees are paid by a governmental agency, a foundation, or other outside organization, you need to ensure that payment of fees is properly credited. If your sponsoring agency requires an invoice prior to issuing payment, contact Billing and Payment Services.
Graduate students who are approved for Filing Fee status will be assessed a Filing Fee of $282.
Graduate students who are approved for In Absentia status will be assessed a reduced Student Services Fee of $84, reduced Tuition of $864, and, if applicable, full Nonresident Supplemental Tuition and full Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition. For more information, please visit the Graduate Division website.
All registered undergraduate and graduate students, including registered international students, are automatically enrolled in the Berkeley's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and assessed of a health insurance fee on their registration bill. For more information, including costs per semester, visit: University Health Services Tang Center.
A late registration fee of $150 is charged to all students who are not officially registered by Friday of the third week of instruction in fall and spring terms.
A late add fee of $5 per course is charged to students who add classes after the third week of instruction.
A late drop fee of $10 per course is charged to students who drop classes after the second week of instruction.
New Student Programming Fee
The New Student Programming Fee covers expenses related to Golden Bear Advising, Golden Bear Prep, Golden Bear Orientation, and Getting Your Bearings. Undergraduate students will be assessed a fee of $475 on their first semester CalCentral bill. As orientation is mandatory for all new undergraduate students, so is the fee. If applicable, students should look to their financial aid package to see if this fee will be covered by financial aid.
Housing: August 14–19, 2018
This fee covers all the meals and the housing costs for newly admitted students that will live in university housing (residence hall or apartments) during the week of Golden Bear Orientation before their housing contract begins. All newly admitted undergraduate students (living in residence halls, apartments) are subject to the same fee of $475 on their first semester CalCentral bill.
As Golden Bear Orientation is mandatory for all newly admitted undergraduate students, so is this fee. All meals are part of the of Golden Bear Orientation program and will be served at a variety of locations throughout campus and Berkeley.
Meal plan points during this week will not be deducted from personal meal plan accounts. Continuing students will not be assessed this fee.
The University of California is committed to providing a supportive and enriched learning environment for all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. To facilitate this intent, all registered resident and nonresident students are assessed the Student Services Fee of $564, which is a systemwide mandatory charge.
Income generated by the Student Services Fee (formerly referred to as the University Registration Fee) shall be used to support services and programs that directly benefit students and that are complementary to, but not a part of, the core instructional program. These services and programs include, but are not limited to:
- Operating and capital expenses for services related to the physical and psychological health and well-being of students.
- Social, recreational, and cultural activities and programs.
- Services related to campus life and campus community.
- Technology expenses directly related to the services.
- Career support.
These services and programs create a supportive and enriched learning environment for University of California undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
Credit balances are refunded via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). EFT deposits refunds directly into your designated checking or savings account. EFT is the fastest, safest, and most convenient way to receive a refund. You can authorize EFT online or in CalCentral. Allow seven days for the authorization to be activated.
If you choose not to authorize an EFT, a paper check will be dispensed by Cal Student Central. You will be notified by email when your check is ready. After notification, you will have ten days to pick up your check.