6% of doctoral students and 50% of master’s (including professional students) take out student loans *
Graduate students apply for need-based loans and work-study through the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office. The programs are based on demonstrated financial need and require completion of a separate Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Student Loans & Other Federal Student Aid
To get started, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, available on the FAFSA website. The UC Berkeley FAFSA school code is 001312.
Things to Keep In Mind
- Graduate and professional students are considered independent, so parent information should not be included on your FAFSA.
- Optometry students should refer to the description of the Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) for an exception to this.
- Submit your FAFSA by the priority deadline to ensure timely processing and the best financial aid package.
- File the FAFSA even if you are not sure you will need or want any aid from the FAO. You can decide later whether to accept aid for which you are eligible.
- If you miss the priority deadline, submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. You will still be entitled to your full federal Direct Loan eligibility, but other campus-based funds (Work-Study, Perkins, and Parent Grant) may be depleted.
- Only U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents may apply for funds administered by the Financial Aid Office.
In late April or May, the FASO will notify you about your award. The FASO will include information about the acceptance and disbursement of awards, how to make changes or appeals, and other options. In some cases, you may be asked to submit additional documents to verify information on your application.
- Student Budget Summary (Financial Aid & Scholarships website)
- Loans (Financial Aid & Scholarships website)
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA website)
- Work-Study (Financial Aid & Scholarships website)
- Short-Term Emergency Loans (Financial Aid & Scholarships website)
- Health Professional Student Loan for Optometry Students (Financial Aid & Scholarships website)
- Disabled Students Program Student Grant (DSP website)
- Benefits for Veterans, Reservists, and Dependents of Veterans (Financial Aid & Scholarships website)
* Based on graduate student enrollment and awards from all sources (except for student loans) made during 2012-13. Excludes self-supporting degree programs.