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.

Advanced to Candidacy

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.

Campus Fee

The campus fee items (subject to change) currently include:

  • Associated Students of University of California (ASUC) $33.50 (Undergraduates) 27.50 (Graduate Students)
  • Student Center  $6.00
  • Ethnic Studies $2.25
  • Life Safety $46.00
  • Recruitment and Retention Centers $27.00 (Undergraduates Only)
  • Campus Health Care $83.50
  • Green Initiative Fund $9.00
  • Lower Sproul Fee $261.00
  • Daily Cal V.O.I.C.E. $2.75
  • Student Technology $51.00
  • Wellness $183.75
  • Educational Opportunity & Equity $20.00
  • Campus Climate & Equity $30.50
  • Housing Security $4.25
  • Student Basic Needs $15.25

Class Pass Transit Fee

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.


Course Materials and Services Fees

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:

  • Anthropology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Earth and Planetary Science
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
  • Integrative Biology
  • Journalism
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Music
  • Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • School of Public Health
  • Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies

Note: Other courses may also require this fee.

Document Management 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:

  • Undergraduate $198

  • Doctoral $120

  • Masters, PDF paying, self-­­supporting students $95

  • JD, LLM, and Law Summer-­­Only $31

  • Summer-­­Only and EAP visiting students $60

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. Note: Effective 01/01/2020, transcripts will no longer be withheld if a student has a Financial Hold.

Fees for Sponsored Students

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 Filing Fee

Graduate students who are approved for Filing Fee status will be assessed a Filing Fee of $282

Graduate In Absentia

Graduate students who are approved for In Absentia status will be assessed a reduced Student Services Fee of $84, reduced Tuition of $858, and, if applicable, full Nonresident Supplemental Tuition and full Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition. For more information, please visit the Graduate Division website

Health Insurance Fee

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.

International Office Services Fee

A $56 per semester fee is assessed to international students for services rendered to them by Berkeley International Office (BIO). For more information about this fee, please visit the BIO Services Fee FAQs

Late/Enroll/Drop Fees

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 Friday of the third week of instruction.

A late drop fee of $10 per course is charged to students who drop classes after the Friday of the second week of instruction.

New Student Programming Fees

Golden Bear Orientation: Aug 21-25, 2020

The New Student Programming Fee covers expenses related to Golden Bear Advising, Golden Bear Prep, Golden Bear Orientation, and Getting your Bearings. You will be assessed a fee of $380 on your first semester CalCentral bill. As orientation is mandatory for all new undergraduate students, so is the fee. If applicable, look to your financial aid package to see if this fee will be covered by financial aid in the form of the “New Student Grant.” If you have financial concerns related to the New Student Programming Fee, please complete the New Student Needs Questionnaire. The programming fee covers:

  • Golden Bear Advising and Golden Bear Prep pre-arrival modules Golden Bear Orientation programming (virtual programs in August 2020 and any future in person programming)
  • Getting Your Bearings programming (virtual programs in fall 2020 and any future in person programming)

Student Services 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.

Reduced Tuition for Part-Time Study

UC Policy requires that students be enrolled full-time. Under certain circumstances students may be allowed by their college to enroll in a reduced course load.  However, that does NOT grant reduced tuition & fees.

Very limited situations may be approved for reduced tuition and an approved reduced course of study. In these cases, students must request approval for a reduced course of study both by the Disabled Students' Program AND by their college. Once both approvals are in place, students will be assessed tuition & fees as follows:

  • 50% Tuition
  • 100% Campus Fee, Class Pass, Health Insurance
  • 50% of Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, if applicable

Enrollment limits: Approved undergraduate students may enroll for two courses or fewer per semester, or the equivalent as determined by their college. Approved graduate students may enroll for one-half or less of the regular course load stipulated in Academic Senate Regulation 702.

Students should consult the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office as their aid package may be reduced due to reduced enrollment and fees.

Graduate students must also seek approval from their home department as not all graduate programs will qualify and reduction in fees will also affect GSI/GSR appointments and fee remissions.  More information about temporary provisions for graduate students in 2020-2021 is available from the Graduate Division.


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.