Financing Your Education

Cost of Attendance
For graduate student fees, please see the UC Berkeley Registrar’ fee schedule for graduate academic students here. ERG does not charge any professional fees.


California Residency for Purposes of Tuition
Non-California residents must pay a Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST) in addition to regular tuition and fees. With proper documentation, most non-California domestic students can qualify for California residency for purposes of tuition after their first year.  International students cannot qualify for residency but international Ph.D. students receive a three-year waiver of the NRST after Advancing to Candidacy. For full information about whether you qualify for California residency for tuition purposes please go here.


University Competitive Campus-wide Fellowships
The University awards multi-year merit and diversity fellowships each year; departments nominate qualified fellowship candidates for consideration. These nominations are judged competitively against other nominees campus-wide, and are awarded based on exceptional academic merit.

The Berkeley International Office (BIO) also administers some smaller, specialized and often country-specific awards that include a stipend plus room and board at the campus International House. The department must nominate applicants for these awards.


Departmental Fellowships
Each department at Berkeley is allocated a block of funds to distribute to new and continuing students at their discretion.  Block Grant funds may cover fees, tuition, or living expenses for any student, regardless of residency or citizenship. However, the amount of annual Block Grant funding is not sufficient to cover the expenses for all newly admitted students. ERG will evaluate all admitted students for eligibility for Block Grant funds in competition with other students, based on need and merit.


Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships
Students may find employment as Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) or as Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) on campus or at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Both GSI and GSR appointments result in fee remissions and a modest salary. Students may work up to 50% FTE (20 hours/ week) during the school year, and 100% (40 hours/week) during summer and winter breaks. There is no universal application form for GSI or GSR positions; students are hired according to departmental procedures. Click here for details about student appointments.


GSI Appointments
GSIs assist in the teaching of undergraduate courses at ERG and across campus. Newly admitted ERG students rarely are advised to accept GSI positions during their first or second semester. GSIs are selected by the professor in charge, in consultation with the Graduate Student Affairs Officer for the department. Decisions are usually made several weeks or months before the course begins.

Since ERG professors teach only a small number of undergraduate courses that require GSIs, this is not a major source of employment for ERG students. However, qualified students (especially those with teaching experience and strong quantitative skills) may find GSI appointments in other campus departments.  There is no formal requirement that ERG students serve as GSIs while in the program.


GSR Appointments
Many ERG students find GSR appointments in a variety of research projects supervised on campus by ERG core and affiliated faculty, at LBNL’s Applied Science Division, and occasionally in ERG-managed off-campus programs.  While students may contact faculty directly about research opportunities, ERG will attempt to match incoming students with appropriate faculty for GSR positions and will work with newly admitted students to identify potential appointments.


Financial Aid
The University of California at Berkeley offers a wide variety of financial aid programs to help students meet their educational expenses. Financial Aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and is available to all U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those who are eligible under the California Dream Act of 2011 (AB540).

Among the types of aid offered to students are grants, loans, work-study. To be eligible for University funding, all US citizens or Permanent Residents and those eligible under AB 540 must complete the federal financial aid form, called FAFSA. See Financial Aid for further details.


UC Resources for Graduate Students Resources

Graduate Division

Berkeley International Office

Berkeley Research

Financial Aid Office

COS Pivot Funding Resources

UC Big Ideas


External Funding Resources

Foundation Center