Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of California Berkeley tuition is $11,502 per year for in-state residents. This is 63% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 51% cheaper than the average California tuition of $23,377 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 54th in California amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 91st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $39,516 which represents a 244% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,668 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $14,170.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $17,549 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Berkeley should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $891.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,379 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,581 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to Berkeley is $36,989 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $65,003.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for University of California Berkeley and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of California Berkeley
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget $36,989
   In-State Tuition$11,502
   Other Fees$2,668
   Room and Board$17,549
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,379
   Books and Supplies$891
Non-Resident Total Budget $65,003
   Out-of-State Tuition$39,516
   Other Fees$2,668
   Room and Board$17,549
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,379
   Books and Supplies$891


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $36,989 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Berkeley net price for in-state students is $16,655* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

53% of University of California Berkeley students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $17,083. 24 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,683. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of California Berkeley, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of California Berkeley
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,655*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid53%
Average Total Grant Aid$17,083
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants24%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,683

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$8,607
$30,001 to $48,000$9,429
$48,001 to $75,000$13,192
$75,001 to $110,000$20,722

Average Financial Aid Mix - $36,989 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $36,989. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 52% - $17,083

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, University of California Berkeley or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 16% - $5,071

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 32% -  $10,456

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Berkeley is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 97/100 for University of California Berkeley. Considering an average net price paid of $15,589, this leads to an overall value ranking of 82/100. This places the school 23rd on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of California Berkeley
University of California Los Angeles0% less expensive
University of California San Diego0% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at University of California Berkeley.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Berkeley is $147,956 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $15,589 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $62,356**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $184,945 or $77,945 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at University of California Berkeley.

California Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,751
California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$18,494
Non-California Resident Tuition Per Semester$19,758
Non-California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$32,502

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 25% of University of California Berkeley students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,071.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of California Berkeley? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $62,356, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $77,369.50. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of California Berkeley. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 53% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $15,589. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of California Berkeley student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

University of California Berkeley Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$644.75
Amount Borrowed$62,356.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$15,013.50
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$77,369.50

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Berkeley? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending University of California Berkeley, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $77,369.50 would be needed to afford a $644.75 monthly payment in the example $62,356.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to University of California Berkeley in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $11,220 to $11,502. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.5%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $147,956.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for University of California Berkeley.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$50,869$203,474
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$64,923$259,690
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $82,859$331,438
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $95,920$383,681

Tuition History

What was tuition at Berkeley five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$11,220$34,098 19.3%
2011$9,402$32,281 12.6%
2010$8,353$31,022 9.1%
2009$7,656$28,264 6.9%
2008$7,165$26,785 7.7%
2007$6,654$25,338 2.2%
2006$6,512$23,961 -3.2%
2005$6,730$23,686 14.9%
2004$5,858$20,068 39.4%
2003$4,201$16,580 1.9%
2002$4,123$15,197 1.9%
2001$4,047$14,661 0%
2000$4,046$14,220 -3.1%
1999$4,176$13,750 -4.1%
1998$4,354$13,338 0%
1997$4,354$12,749 0%
1996$4,354$12,053 0.2%
1995$4,346$12,045 9.5%
1994$3,969$11,668 22.2%
1993$3,248$10,947 21.3%
1992$2,678$10,377 34%
1991$1,998$8,414 19.5%
1990$1,672$7,472 9.1%
1989$1,532$6,038 4.2%
1988$1,470$5,632 9.2%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of California Berkeley to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 357 88% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 174 36% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 137 53% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 124 44% costlier
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 114 61% costlier
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 113 45% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 111 56% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 109 27% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 108 25% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 86 56% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 86 42% costlier
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 82 43% costlier
Cognitive Science Bachelor's Degree 79 21% costlier
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 62 45% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 57 61% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 46 61% costlier
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 39 45% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 38 48% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 38 58% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 36 45% costlier
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 34 74% costlier
Toxicology Bachelor's Degree 34 37% costlier
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 28 17% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 26 59% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 24 80% costlier
Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree 24 45% costlier
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General Bachelor's Degree 23 11% costlier
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 22 39% costlier
Social Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 20 38% costlier
Astrophysics Bachelor's Degree 20 13% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 20 59% costlier
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 19 61% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 19 38% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 18 33% costlier
Materials Science Bachelor's Degree 16 28% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 16 55% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 16 41% costlier
Public Health, General Bachelor's Degree 15 59% costlier
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 15 24% costlier
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 15 33% costlier
Ethnic Studies Bachelor's Degree 14 34% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 14 44% costlier
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Bachelor's Degree 14 61% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 14 58% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 13 62% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 11 53% costlier
Asian-American Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 18% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 11 32% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 10 31% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 10 37% costlier
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Bachelor's Degree 10 23% costlier
Nuclear Engineering Bachelor's Degree 10 51% costlier
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical Bachelor's Degree 10 87% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 8 55% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 7 57% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 28% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 6 23% costlier
Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 6 7% costlier
Geophysics and Seismology Bachelor's Degree 6 34% costlier
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 6 37% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 6 57% costlier
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 43% costlier
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 25% costlier
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 71% costlier
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 14% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 5 54% costlier
Engineering Science Bachelor's Degree 4 36% costlier
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 21% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 4 53% costlier
Near and Middle Eastern Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 9% costlier
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 4 61% costlier
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Bachelor's Degree 4 10% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 37% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 3 51% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 24% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 38% costlier
Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 13% costlier
Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 2 61% costlier
Operations Research Bachelor's Degree 2 36% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 23% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 1 52% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 52% costlier
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 61% costlier
American Indian/Native American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 76% costlier
Manufacturing Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 70% costlier
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 35% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 65% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 44% costlier
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management Bachelor's Degree 1 59% costlier
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 57% costlier
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 1 76% costlier
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 34% costlier


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About University of California Berkeley

University of California Berkeley is a four year public college located in Berkeley, California.  Full time enrollment is 37,321 and part time is 2,833. Learn more about getting accepted at University of California Berkeley at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

University of California Berkeley
200 California Hall
Berkeley, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of California Berkeley is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

University of California Berkeley cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110635 IPEDS survey data.