Fees & Financial Aid


Students enrolled in professional degree programs at the University of California are required to remit professional degree supplemental tuition. At the School of Public Health, MPH and DrPH students are currently assessed professional degree supplemental tuition each semester. Please note that all fees are subject to change. See UC Berkeley's fee schedule.

In addition to the general cost of attendance, students are required to own or have access to a personal computer at home. Students may request a loan amount from the Financial Aid Office to cover this requirement.

Funding Overview for SPH Students

Doctoral Students*

Students enrolled into the PhD or DrPH program are typically funded by soft-money grants as a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) or teaching as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI). Both options not only cover a fee remission, but also provide a monthly stipend.

During the admission process, PhD applicants are eligible to be nominated for a Berkeley Fellowship or Regents Fellowship. If doctoral applicants would like to be considered for these campus-wide fellowship competitions, please reach out to the specific programs to inquiry on how to best organize the application so that it is selected for a nomination slot.

Master Students*

Students enrolled into the MA, MS, of MPH, while SPH has various need-based and merit-based scholarships/fellowship there is no guarantee that every graduate student will receive one. Masters students typically use a combination of student loans, GSI/GSR appointments, extramural scholarships, and work-study to fund their education.

* AB540/DACA students are eligible for UC Berkeley and departmental funding.

Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

Each academic year, a limited number of merit and need-based fellowships and scholarships are awarded to students by Berkeley's Graduate Division and the School of Public Health.

Merit-based scholarships and fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. For most merit-based awards, a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4 point scale) is required in all prior college-level academic coursework. Merit-based awards generally are given out by nomination only, so there is no specific application process for these awards beyond completing the FAFSA (see below) and the Fellowships portion of the UC Berkeley Application. To be considered for merit-based and/or need-based awards, indicate your interest in financial support on the SOPHAS application, complete the UC Berkeley application for admission and fellowships, and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using UC Berkeley School Code 001312.

Financial Assistance

Graduate students may apply for need-based loans and work-study through the Financial Aid Office. The programs are based on demonstrated financial need and require a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Low-income students with dependent children and high need will be considered for a need-based parent grant award, as funding permits. Questions about Financial Aid programs may be directed to Cal Student Central, 120 Sproul Hall. Or, consult the Financial Aid website for more information. Only U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens (those holding permanent resident cards) may apply for funds administered by the Financial Aid Office.

Students are also encouraged to independently seek funding from external sources. A number of scholarship search resources are available on the Web, including:

  • BestColleges.com College Scholarship Database
  • Fastweb.com
  • OMP Scholarship Directory
  • Public Health College Scholarships
  • Public Health Scholarships for College
  • Scholarships for Public Health Degrees

As a member of the Association for Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), our graduate students have access to funding resources such as "Tips and Tricks to Obtaining Scholarships" and external sources that are based on specific qualifying criteria (e.g., race, gender, state of residency, etc.). Don't let these opportunities go to waste!

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Teaching & Resource Center

The GSI Teaching and Resource Center provides pedagogical support and guidance for new and continuing GSIs. Center services include fall and spring teaching conferences, workshops on teaching, the GSI Online Course on Professional Standards and Ethics, grants and awards for GSIs and faculty, confidential consultations, the Language Proficiency Program for international GSIs, and the Teaching Guide for GSIs. This office is located at:

301 Sproul Hall #5900
Berkeley, CA 94720-5900
Phone: (510) 642-4456
Email: gsi@berkeley.edu

Financial Assistance for International Students

Financial Aid awards from Berkeley International Office consist of individual grants applied directly to tuition and fees via the UC Berkeley student records system. Award amounts vary depending on the number of applicants and levels of need per semester. Grants do not need to be repaid.

Students who are married and/or have children living with them in the Bay Area may also apply for the Supplemental Family Grant. A Family Grant can be applied directly to tuition and fees or can be disbursed in the form of a taxable stipend (taxed at 14% unless exempt by tax treaty). Award amounts vary depending on the number of applicants and levels of need. Family Grants do not need to be repaid. See a complete list of financial aid options.

Student Family Assistance

The University of California offers a variety of services and resources for student families. Learn more about campus resources that aid student families in the search for affordable housing, child care, health insurance, and more.

Appeals & Special Circumstances

In addition to Student Family Assistance, the University of California offers a variety of services and resources for student parents, disabled students, nonresidents of California, and veterans. Learn more about these special circumstances.

Note: The ASUC Student Advocate's Office is a student-run office that provides free and confidential advice and representation to students who experience issues or conflicts with the university. If you would like additional support completing an appeal process, please contact them at help@berkeleysao.org.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Where can I find information about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program?

Please see Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Employees (PDF).