Funding Your Education

Numerous programs — from fellowships and loans, to teaching and research assistantships, subsidized housing , and child care — provide ways to help you finance the cost of graduate school. Some of the programs are administered through the Graduate Division Fellowships Office; others are administered through the Financial Aid Office. By tapping these and other resources, you can plan a program of financial support.

Estimated Expenses

The student budget chart displays average living costs and fees for the 2016-17 academic year. These figures are based on student surveys and other research and will be adjusted for the 2018-19 academic year.

Student Budget 2017-18
Resident
Non-Resident
Rent & Utilities ($1441 per month)
$14,414
$14,414
Food ($729 per month)
$7,296
$7,296
Personal ($165 per month)
$1,652
$1,652
Transportation ($327 per month)
$3,274
$3,274
Total living expenses
$26,636
$26,636
Books
$834
$834
Health
$4,462
$4,462
Student Fees
$14,347.50
$14,347.50
Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition
$7,496
$7,496
Non-resident Tuition
N/A
$15,102
Total graduate student budget
$53,775.50
$68,877.50

Financial Aid

Graduate students may apply for need-based loans and work-study through the Financial Aid Office. The programs are based on demonstrated financial need and require a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Only U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens (those holding permanent resident cards) may apply for funds administered by the Financial Aid Office.

Financial aid can include work-study, loans, and other sources of financial aid.

Fellowships

All MIMS applicants will automatically be considered for a limited number of merit-based I School fellowships; recipients will be chosen during the application review process.

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

The I School Diversity Fellowship will be awarded to a student who we feel embodies the spirit of diversity and inclusion. All MIMS applicants will automatically be considered for this fellowship. The I School strives to create a supportive, diverse, and inclusive environment and to enroll a diverse student body, as the unique perspectives that students are able to contribute are a huge benefit to our culture, community, and learning experience. We value diversity in academic background, personal experiences, gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and professional background.

Working on Campus

At Berkeley, student instructional positions are Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Tutor, or Reader. Students may also work as a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR). In addition to wages, students may also receive a tuition waiver, depending on the hours worked during the course of the semester. I School graduate students are eligible to work in any department on campus.

Last updated:

March 6, 2018