Funding Your MIMS 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 and Scholarships Office. By tapping these and other resources, you can plan a program of financial support.

Estimated Expenses

The student budget chart displays estimated living costs and tuition and fees for the 2020–21 academic year, based on student surveys and other research.

Student Annual Budget 2020–21
California Resident
Non-Resident
UC Berkeley Tuition & Fees
Tuition & Fees
$14,439.50
$14,439.50
Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition
$8,264
$8,264
Non-resident Tuition
$12,245
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)
$5,682
$5,682
Total Tuition & Fees $28,385.50 $40,630.50
Other Estimated Expenses
Rent & Utilities
$17,564
$17,564
Food
$8,094
$8,094
Personal
$2,744
$2,744
Transportation
$3,186
$3,186
Books
$634
$634
Total living expenses
$32,222
$32,222
Total graduate student budget
$60,607.50
$72,852.50

Tuition & Fees

To help students further plan their graduate education, we’ve included the detailed breakdown of estimated Tuition & Fees (per semester) that MIMS students are assessed during their time in the program. The MIMS program is composed of four consecutive semesters of Fall and Spring.

Fees are subject to change each academic year; new fees typically take effect in the fall term. More information: Office of the Registrar Fee Schedule

MIMS students are assessed the following fees each semester. The Document Management Fee is a one-time fee charged in the first semester of enrollment.

2020–2021 MIMS Tuition/Fees per Semester California Residents Non-Residents
Tuition $5,721 $5,721
Student Services Fee $564 $564
Berkeley Campus Fee $742.75 $742.75
Class Pass Fee (Transit) $95 $95
Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $4,132 $4,132
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) * $2,841 $2,841
Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $6,122.50
Continuing Student Total (per semester) $14,095.75 $20,218.25
Document Management Fee $97 $97
New Student Total (first semester only) $14,192.75 $20,315.25

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.

Residency

California residents, for purposes of registration, are those who have been legal residents of California for at least one year immediately before the opening day of the semester for which they register. Legal residence is a combination of physical presence and the intention of making the state one’s permanent home, coupled with the relinquishment of legal residence in any other state.

International students with F-1 visas cannot be classified as California residents for tuition purposes.

More Information:

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 non-citizens (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 I School and California Promise Fellowship Packages. 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 from varied backgrounds are able to contribute are of tremendous benefit to our culture, community, and learning experience.

I School Fellowship Packages support outstanding MIMS candidates who:

  • Have overcome significant challenges in pursuing higher education;
  • Plan to research diversity and inequality;
  • Provide leadership in equity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrate financial need to be able to pursue graduate education; and/or
  • Show promise for exceptional achievement in their future careers.

California Promise Fellowship Packages support students who show potential as future leaders in technology and information science in California.

MIMS students are also eligible to apply for the following I School fellowships:

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.

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.

Nonprofit Internship Grants

Grants in amounts up to $8,000 will be available to a limited number of MIMS students serving in internships with nonprofits, government agencies, or non-governmental agencies (NGOs) in the U.S. or abroad, during the summer between their first and second year in the program.

Past grant recipients have held internships at Code for America, the National Parks Conservation Association, National Public Radio, Pivot Learning, Plan Benin, Root Capital, and UC Berkeley.

A selection committee of faculty and staff determine awards based on funding availability and fit with the mission of the grant program.

Last updated:

September 24, 2020