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.

2019–2020 Tuition/Fees

Fall Semester

Spring & Summer Semesters

Information and Data Science Program fees

$2,573 per enrolled unit

$2,573 per enrolled unit

Berkeley Campus Fee


$728.25 (Spring 2020)
(Summer 2020 fee TBA)

Health Insurance Fee *



Document Management Fee



The tuition, fees, and charges displayed here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown. 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 fee. Students will be responsible for the cost of lodging during the immersion and travel to and from the immersion.

Please note that the Deferred Payment Plan (DPP), also called the Fee Payment Plan (FPP), is available to students in the 5th Year MIDS degree program.

State-specific refund policies may apply in Maryland and Oregon. Students located in one of these states should contact the Student Affairs team for advising and billing assistance.


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.

Funding Your Education

Financial Aid

For financial aid advising, please contact Berkeley’s Financial Aid and Scholarships office. Note that 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.


All 5th Year MIDS applicants will automatically be considered for a limited number of I School fellowships; recipients will be chosen during the application review process.

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.

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 Academic 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. Please refer to the Graduate Division’s GSI, GSR, Reader, and Tutor Guide for further information.

Last updated:

August 22, 2019