Funding Your 5th Year MIDS Education

Tuition & Fees

5th Year MIDS students are assessed Data Science Program fees, which are charged per enrolled unit of coursework, and the Berkeley Campus Fee, which is charged per enrolled semester. 5th Year MIDS students are also assessed the Document Management Fee, which is a one-time fee charged in the first term of enrollment. Fees are subject to change each academic year; new fees typically take effect in the fall term.

Tuition & Fees for the 2022–23 Academic Year

2022–2023 Tuition/Fees
(Fall 2022 – Summer 2023)

New Students

Continuing Students

Information and Data Science Program fees

$2,780 per enrolled unit

$2,780 per enrolled unit

Berkeley Campus Fee

$717 (fall & spring)
$419 (summer 2023)
$717 (fall & spring)
$419 (summer 2023)
Instructional Resilience and Enhancement Fee $106 (fall & spring) $106 (fall & spring)
Health Insurance Fee * $3,186 (fall & spring) $3,186 (fall & spring)

Document Management Fee



Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change. Students should expect fees to increase moderately each fall term.

* Students have the option to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) if they have other major medical health insurance that meet the SHIP waiver criteria and don't wish to have dual coverage. For waiver qualifications, instructions, forms, and FAQs, please see Waiving SHIP.

Tuition includes technology platform licensing and support.

In addition, students will be charged a $500 immersion program fee. Students will be responsible for the cost of lodging during the immersion and travel to and from the immersion.


California residents and nonresidents pay the same tuition and fees for the 5th Year MIDS program, as it is a fully online program.

5th Year MIDS students are not eligible for student visas, as the program is fully online and does not require residency. International students may need to obtain short-term visas in order to attend the on-campus Immersion program, and students are responsible for making all necessary travel and visa arrangements.

Total Estimated Tuition and Fees

These estimates are for students following the standard course sequence. Estimates exclude SHIP fees.

Fall (10 units) $28,725
Spring (9 units) $25,843
Summer (1 unit) * $3,165
Fall (7 units) * $20,283

* Estimate based on previous year's tuition & fees

Students are eligible to enroll in the Fee Payment Plan (FPP) for the Fall and Spring terms. Please refer to the Fee Payment Plan on the billing website for details and deadlines. FPP is not an option for Summer terms.

State-specific refund policies may apply in Maryland and Oregon. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education requires Minnesota residents to complete 30 units to earn their 5th Year MIDS degree. Students located in these states should contact the Student Affairs team for advising and billing assistance.

Funding Your Education

Financial Aid

For financial aid advising, please contact Berkeley’s Financial Aid and Scholarships office. Federal financial aid is limited to US citizens and permanent residents and may carry additional registration or other requirements. Notably, students must register in a minimum of 6 units per term in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.

5th Year MIDS students may also wish to explore employer sponsorship and tuition reimbursement options, as well as external fellowships. Veterans may wish to consult the Cal Veteran Services Center regarding tuition benefits for student veterans.


Admitted 5th Year MIDS students will have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of 5th Year MIDS Need-Based Fellowships. Only newly admitted 5th Year MIDS students will be considered for these fellowship packages.

All admitted 5th Year MIDS Applicants will automatically be considered for The Sharon X. Lin & Andrew R. Bullen Graduate Fellowship in Data Science. This fellowship supports one incoming 5th Year MIDS student who shows a commitment to gender equity within the program. 

In addition, students are able to apply for the following fellowships:

The Jack Larson Data for Good Fellowship supports MIDS students in their pursuit of a career that will allow them to use data science to improve human life and benefit society as a whole.

The Curtis B. Smith Fellowship supports high-achieving students enrolled in any degree program at the UC Berkeley School of Information who have an interest in the field of cybersecurity or a research focus on cybersecurity.

The Paul Fasana LGBTQ Studies Fellowship supports UC Berkeley School of Information graduate students whose research interests or studies are related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer studies in any field or discipline.

The Quigley/Heffernan Family Environmental Fellowship supports I School students using their skills in data science or other information management disciplines to aid in the reduction of greenhouse emissions or other climate mitigation efforts.

Additionally, UC Berkeley awards through competition a limited number of fellowships each year. See University Fellowships for further details.

Academic Student Employment

5th Year MIDS students who wish to pursue UC Berkeley student employment opportunities — graduate student researcher (GSR), graduate student instructor (GSI), tutor, or reader positions — must be registered students in good academic standing and meet all applicable requirements.

More information about working on campus

Last updated:

January 10, 2023