Financial Aid for International Students

Financial Assistance & Scholarship Resources

Since international students are not eligible for federal and state funded "financial aid" options, all international students are required to show proof of funding for a minimum of one year with the expectation that students will continue to have access to that funding throughout their education.  In some cases, there are unexpected changes in a student's financial situation that require a student to seek external support to continue their studies.  Below are a list of resources available through the Berkeley International Office and other sources that can help international students with unexpected financial challenges supplement their resources and complete their degree programs.

BIO Need-Based Awards

Spring 2017 Applications

available Jan 15 - Feb 15


International Student Aid & Scholarship Search [pdf]

Don't know where to start? See our tutorial on financial aid & scholarship options!


Shih Loan Program

Learn about our low-interest
long-term loan program


Applying to Scholarships
Tips for Students



What You Need to Know

About International Student
Financial Aid & Scholarships


 Money Matters 101

Budgeting & Financial Literacy Resources


Resources for Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Need-Based Awards (BIO)Room & Board Scholarships (International House)
Medical Fund (BIO)
Short-Term Loans (see below) (International House)
Shih Loan Program (BIO)
Scholarship Connection (UCB Scholarship Database)
Campus Emergency Loans (UCB Financial Aid Office)
Prizes & Honors Program (UCB Financial Aid Office)
Berkeley Clubs International (UCB Office of Int'l Relations)
Study Abroad & Travel Awards (Study Abroad Office)
UC Berkeley Food Pantry (ASUC)
UC Preferred Lender List (UC Office of the President)
List of UC Berkeley Aid [pdf]Top 10 Tips for Financial Success
Berkeley Food Pantry (Food Assistance)SelfScore $5,000 International Student Scholarship (Selfscore)

Undergraduates only
Graduates only
Need-Based Undergraduate Tuition Awards (BIO)Need-Based Graduate Tuition & Parent Awards (BIO)
The Leadership Award (Cal Alumni Association)
Graduate Fellowships Office
Haas Scholars ProgramTeaching & Research Appointments
Undergraduate Research & Funding OpportunitiesChina Scholarship Council/UC Doctoral Fellowship
Charlene Conrad Liebau Library PrizeBancroft Library Prizes & Fellowships
Scholarship Connection Recommendations [pdf]
International Graduate Student Parent Grants (BIO)
External UG Scholarship Resource List [pdf]
External Grad Scholarship Resource List [pdf]
Students with Families
Student Parent CenterSubsidized Early Childhood Education Program
Student Family AssistanceEmergency Back-Up Child Care Program
Child Care Reimbursement for GSR & Student EmployeesInternational Graduate Student Parent Grants (BIO)
The Bear Pantry (Food Assistance for families)
External (non-UCB) Search Sources
*The links below lead students to non UCB websites. BIO does not sponsor or advocate the following resources, but they may be helpful to students who are searching for external financial support & scholarships.
* We do advise students to use only FREE search engines & to avoid scholarships that require a fee.

Funding for U.S. Study (IIE)eduPASS
Abroad Planet FastWeb
Mobility International USA (students with disabilities) International Student Loan Basics
 International Student Voice Microscholarship Program
Rowe Fund Loan (Organization for American States)
Buildium's Build U Scholarship (Engineering & Comp Science)

Need-Based Awards from the Berkeley International Office (BIO)

Need-based BIO awards are intended for those students in the most financial need, and are not intended to provide long-term support. These awards include Undergraduate & Graduate Tuition & Fee Awards, Undergraduate Need-based Scholarships, and Graduate Student Parent Awards. The application period typically occurs at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester. For details about these awards, see Need-Based Aid Sponsored by Berkeley International Office.

Medical Fund

The Berkeley International Office administers a medical fund to help international students who experience unanticipated medical costs. The maximum award is $500 and the medical fund award is paid to the medical provider directly. The fund cannot be used to reimburse students for expenses or applied to accounts that have already been paid. Applications are available at the Berkeley International Office.

Shih Loan Program

The Shih Loan provides long-term loans that are interest-free while the student is pursuing his/her degree. Loans must be repaid beginning six months after the completion of studies. For details about the program, please see the Shih Loan Program.

The International House Short-Term Loan Fund

The International House Short-Term Loan Fund provides interest-free loans to international students and scholars who experience an immediate short-term financial need. Loans are available up to $1,500 and must be repaid on a monthly basis within four to six months from the date of receipt of the loan. The source of repayment must be verifiable. To complete the application procedure, make an appointment with the Loan Coordinator, 510-642-2196.