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 average living costs and fees for the 2019–20 academic year. These figures are based on student surveys and other research and will be adjusted for the 2020–21 academic year.

Student Budget 2019–20
Rent & Utilities
Total living expenses
Student Fees
Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition
Non-resident Tuition
Total graduate student budget

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.


All MIMS applicants will automatically be considered for I School and California Promise Fellowships. 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 Fellowships 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 Fellowships support students who show potential as future leaders in technology and information science in California.

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.

Non-Profit Internship Grants

Grants in amounts up to $8,000 will be available to a limited number of MIMS students serving in internships with non-profits, 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 of faculty and staff determine awards based on funding availability and fit with the mission of the grant program.

Last updated:

February 25, 2020