Student parents make up about 10% of Berkeley’s graduate population.
Berkeley is committed to supporting policies, programs, and services to help student parents meet their family care obligations while they pursue their academic goals.

The Graduate Council of the Academic Senate has approved academic accommodation policies designed to be supportive of graduate students with substantial parenting responsibilities. The Guide to Graduate Policy gives more information about these policies; see Section F6. Programs that implement these policies are described below.

Graduate Student Parent Grant

Registered graduate student parents who live with dependent children and demonstrate financial need are eligible for a grant that may be applied toward housing/living expenses, dependent health insurance, child care, and/or tuition. For funds currently available and deadlines for submission of application, see the Parent Grant Application (PDF).

Childbirth Accommodation Funding for Women Doctoral Students

Women doctoral students in good academic standing who hold a fellowship, a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) position, or Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointment, and who expect to give birth during the semester, can be excused from regular duties for a period of six weeks without loss of financial support. Funding will be provided to cover the student’s support or a replacement, as applicable. The student’s academic unit must submit the Petition for Childbirth Accommodation Funding for Women Doctoral Students (PDF) at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the leave.

Family and Childbearing Leaves for GSIs, Readers, and Tutors

Academic Student Employees (ASEs) are eligible for certain types of leave. Policies are governed by the UAW contract. For more information, see the Leaves section of the current UAW contract.

Back-Up Child Care for Student Parents

Currently registered UC Berkeley student parents are eligible for highly subsidized in-home or center-based back-up child care for their children. Advance registration is highly recommended. For more information, see the Back-Up Child Care website.

Child Care Reimbursement for GSIs, Readers, and Tutors

Reimbursement for child care expenses, up to specified limits, is available to eligible Academic Student Employees (ASEs). For more information, see the Reimbursement Program section of the UC Berkeley Human Resources website.

Child Care Reimbursement for GSRs

Reimbursement for child care expenses, up to specified limits, is available to eligible Graduate Student Researchers with preschool dependent children  and a 25% or more GSR appointment during the semester or summer session. Reimbursement requests should be submitted no later than the first day of the semester following the term for which the claim is filed. For more information, see the GSR Childcare Reimbursement Form (PDF).

Breastfeeding Support Program

Sponsored by University Health Services, the program includes no-cost breastfeeding classes. Personal breast pumps and kits are sold at cost. For more information, see the Health*Matters website.


More Resources for Student Parents

Families Matter: A Resource Guide for Graduate Student Parents (PDF)

Transfer, Re-entry, and Student Parent Center

Student Family Housing at University Village

University Health Services (health insurance information for dependents of students)

Early Childhood Education Program (high-quality early childhood services to more than 200 infants, toddlers, and pre-school children of students, faculty, and staff at several centers in Berkeley and Albany)

Berkeley Parents Network (a parent-to-parent email network, initiated by UC Berkeley graduate students for parents in the East Bay)