About the Shih Loan Program

  • Made possible by the generous donation of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff and Constance Shih
  • Provides loans to students attending the University of California at Berkeley
  • A revolving loan fund and repayment of the loan allows the Shih Loan Program to be administered to future students
  • Interest free while a continuing registered student
  • Must be repaid beginning six months after completing studies at UC Berkeley
  • Students may borrow one semester of non-resident tuition & fees per academic year
  • Applications are accepted on an on-going basis & must be made in person at Berkeley International Office

Applicant/Borrower Eligibility

  • A Social Security Number (SSN) is required
  • Must be a full-time student at UC Berkeley or on Filing Fee
  • Must have completed two semesters in their current visa status and current degree level or have experienced a sudden change in their financial situation
  • May not have blocks against registration or must be using the Shih Loan to resolve financial blocks. All other blocks must be resolved with Cal Student Central before loan can be administered
  • Priority is given to students from China (including Hong Kong), Taiwan, and Singapore but is available to all qualified students who demonstrate need
  • Applications may be subject to a co-signer. The co-signer must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident living in the U.S. and employed in a full-time position for at least the past year. The co-signer may not be anyone associated with the University (i.e. faculty, staff, or fellow students)

Loan Details

  • Students may borrow one semester of non-resident tuition & fees per academic year
  • Loans can be applied to living expenses if there is no tuition balance
  • Total amount of debt may not exceed the equivalent of one year’s tuition and fees
  • Repayment of the loan starts no later than six months following a student's last registered semester at UC Berkeley
  • Maximum repayment period of five years
  • No interest is charged on this loan while a student remains a full time student pursuing a degree at UC Berkeley
  • Five percent (5%) simple interest is charged at the time of the first payment
  • There is no penalty for early repayment, or for payments larger than the required minimum
  • During the final semester, the student must visit the Loans & Receivables office for an “exit interview” to make arrangements for loan repayment

How To Apply

  • Applications are available at Berkeley International Office
  • Students are highly encouraged to meet with an International Student Advisor to discuss their application. Advising Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-12pm and 1:30pm-4pm.
  • After completing the application, an interview is required with an International Student Advisor at Berkeley International Office. You will be contacted to arrange an interview time.