Financial Aid for International Students
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.
For an overview of your financial aid options and information about searching for additional funding and scholarships, please view our presentation: International Student Financial Aid & Scholarship Search.
Students should understand that BIO awards are intended for those students in most financial need, and are not intended to provide long-term support. Because the application period occurs over the beginning of the semester and award decisions will not be available until after the semester begins, students need to be sure to make alternate plans for tuition payment. Students are encouraged to apply for the Campus Emergency Loan in order to make their initial payments for registration.
Berkeley International Office uses the Bspace Quiz and Survey tool to collect financial aid information and instructions for gaining access to the Bspace financial aid site will be announced in Friday News during the application period. Application period typically occurs at the beginning of each Fall & Spring semester. The next application period will begin on January 15 and end on February 15, 2014.
To be eligible for financial support from BIO, international students must:
- demonstrate financial need
- have completed two consecutive semesters at UC Berkeley prior to the semester that they are requesting aid. (In addition, undergraduates must have completed at least 60 units prior to the semester that they are requesting aid)
- plan on continuing in the same degree program and registering full-time for the semester that they are applying for aid.
- Undergraduates are limited to a total of 2 semesters of BIO financial support
- The following students are not eligible for awards: Students on filing fee, in self supporting programs (such as MFE or LLM), students who have completed less than 2 semesters of a new degree level. Students on In Absentia are not eligible for the Parent Grant.
Students who have experienced unforeseen economic changes are encouraged to speak to a BIO advisor about their financial situation.
Types of awards (available through the BIO Need-Based award application process)
Tuition & Fee Awards (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Tuition & fee awards are paid directly toward required registration fees and do not need to be re-paid. Awards are granted to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Work-study is a special on-campus employment program awarded to a small number of undergraduate students based on need. Awards are not applied directly to tuition, but earned through specific on-campus jobs categorized as "work-study" positions. Work-study awards are distributed along with the fall and spring Tuition Award (see above) applications available in late spring and fall.
This is a merit-based award for students who are excelling academically. Award amounts depend upon level of need and academic achievement. The undergraduate scholarship application is part of the fall financial aid application only. These scholarships are only available during the Fall application period.
All registered international graduate students who have a child living with them in the Bay Area are eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded based on financial need and changes in the applicant's financial situation. Grants are applied to tuition & fees or as a stipend.
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.
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 $2,000 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.