Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.39
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Berkeley
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Mikayla Tran
SDG & OS Engagement Fellow
Office of Sustainability
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:

A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

Cal Grant
The Cal Grant program makes college affordable for middle and low-income Californians through state funds administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).


Middle Class Scholarship
The Middle Class Scholarship program is available for new, transfer, and returning undergraduate students with family incomes and household assets up to $184,000 (subject to California State Budget Approval), who attend the a University of California campus.


Chafee Grant
The Chafee Foster Youth Grant is offered to current or former foster youth who have a financial need. Up to $5,000 is available to qualified students each year.


Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan
The University of California Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan makes college more affordable for California residents. The plan helps you cover your UC systemwide tuition and fees ($12,570 in 2020-21) if you are a California resident with an annual family income of less than $80,000 a year and are eligible for financial aid.


Berkeley Undergraduate Dream Act Aid
Berkeley Undergraduate Dream Act Aid is a financial aid program made possible by the passage of the California Dream Act of 2011. The program provides grants and scholarships to make college more affordable for students who qualify for an AB 540 nonresident tuition exemption.


A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

UC Berkeley Transfer Student Center
The Transfer Student Center is part of the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3). The Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence ensure non-traditional students excel at the top public University in the world. By respecting every undergraduate as a unique individual, CE3 programs empower UC Berkeley students to achieve and lead. The CE3 Programs are: Berkeley Hope Scholars, Berkeley Underground Scholars, Cal Veteran Services Center, Educational Opportunity Program, Miller Scholars Program, Posse Scholars Program, Re-Entry Student Program, Student Parent Center, Student Support Services, Transfer Student Center, and Undocumented Student Program.


Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
For over 55 years, the Educational Opportunity Program at Berkeley has provided first generation, low-income, and underrepresented college students with the guidance and resources necessary to succeed at the best public university in the world.

Berkeley Underground Scholars
Berkeley Underground Scholars (BUS) creates a pathway for incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and system impacted individuals into higher education. We are building a prison-to-school pipeline through recruitment, retention, and advocacy. BUS is an academic support program housed within the Division of Equity and Inclusion at UC Berkeley.


Parent Grant
Parent Grants support undergraduate student-parents with dependent children under the age of 18. Award amounts are based on financial need and availability of funds each year.


Students with Dependent Children
The Student Parent Center is committed to the holistic support and success of a highly motivated population of undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged scholars, as well as devoted parents at UC Berkeley. The UC Berkeley Financial Aid and Scholarships Office works closely with the Student Parent Center to provide financial support to students with dependent children.


Veterans Benefits
UC Berkeley Veteran Services offers information related to the types of benefits, certification of benefits, contact information for dedicated support, and campus resources for students who have served in the military.


Re-entry Student Program
The Re-entry Student Program provides resources and community for students who pursue their degrees later in life. One of the goals of this program is to help students understand that there is room for them, and that they are a valuable component to the unique learning community that create the UC Berkeley experience.


Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The data from this field were provided the UC Berkeley Financial Aid & Scholarships office, the Division of Equity & Inclusion, and the Office of Planning and Analysis' Common Data Set and other documentation.


Office of Planning and Analysis Common Data Set (2019-2020): https://opa.berkeley.edu/campus-data/common-data-set

College InSight (https://college-insight.org/), an initiative of the Institute for College Access & Success. The College InSight web site displays data taken from the Common Data Set (CDS), the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and the Department of Education FISAP Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP). College-level student debt and undergraduate financial aid data © 2017 Peterson's LLC, all rights reserved.

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