Berkeley Fees and Budget

FPF Program Fee

Fall Program for Freshmen students are assessed the same fees as all other new undergraduates AND an additional FPF Program Fee to support this unique experience, including costs associated with smaller class sizes, increased access to one-on-one advising, and access to special workshops and events held exclusively for FPF students. 

The FPF Program Fee is only assessed in the one term in which the student is enrolled in the FPF program. For Fall 2019, the program fee is $2,100. More information about tuition, nonresident supplemental tuition, and other mandatory fees are available from the UC Berkeley Registrar's Office.

Read below for details on how the fees are assessed and appear on a student's CalCentral page. 

All FPF students are assessed:

  • FPF Program Fee ($2,100)
  • Student Services Fee
  • Berkeley Campus Fee-Undergrad
  • Class Pass Fee - Transit
  • Document Mgmt Fee - Undergrad
  • Health Insurance - UG

If the FPF student is a resident, they are assessed:

  • UG Res Tuition - FPF

If the FPF student is a nonresident, they are assessed:

  • UG Nonres Tuition - FPF
  • UG Non-Res Supp Tuition

"UG Res Tuition - FPF" and "UG Nonres Tuition - FPF" are the same amount. They just have distinct descriptions because they are associated with distinct chart of accounts for revenue. "UG Non-Res Supp Tuition" appears as "NRST" for undergraduates.

Cost of Attendance

Cost-of-attendance estimates are produced by the UC Berkeley Financial Aid and Scholarships office in order to assist students in planning their finances for the upcoming school year.  You can refer to the Financial Aid and Scholarships website for up-to-date tuition costs and fee estimates, but note that as an FPF student, you should be planning for the following in your total cost-of-attendance calculations:

  • FPF Program Fee ($2,100)
  • Tuition and Fees
  • Room and Board
  • Health Insurance (SHIP or equivalent)
  • Other Estimated Costs
    • Textbooks and Course Materials
    • Costs of optional class excursions
    • Food (outside of meal plan)
    • Housing and Utilities
    • Personal Expenses

Note: Actual tuition, fees and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding or other developments.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid is available to students who qualify and is administered by Berkeley's Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. Title IV financial aid is available if you qualify. You may apply financial aid, scholarships and educational loans to the FPF fees. Your financial aid package will reflect awards for both the fall and spring semesters. In some cases, full financial need is not met. Please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office regarding your specific Financial Aid award amount and detail. In general, you must maintain a minimum load of 12 units to receive financial aid. Remember, the minimum full-time course load at FPF is 13 units.

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office provides information for undergraduates, graduates and parents regarding all things finance, such as when and how aid pays, cost of attendance, applying for aid, types of aid, maintaining eligibility, adjustments to your offer, students with dependents and much more. It also provides links to important forms; directs you to outside related resources; and grants access to MyFinAid, your personal Berkeley financial profile.

Many FPF students also apply for work-study positions on campus if their package allows it.

Scholarship Awards

If you receive a scholarship from an outside organization and would like to apply that money toward the FPF fee, mail your scholarship check, payable to UC Regents and marked with your name and student ID number, to:

Financial Aid & Scholarships Office

UC Berkeley

18 Sproul Hall, #1960

Berkeley, CA 94720-1960

Please do not send scholarship checks directly to FPF.

Scholarship ConnectionUC Berkeley's clearinghouse for information on scholarships that are funded by sources outside of the University. Scholarship Connection is run by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Scholarships (OUR). It receives hundreds of scholarship notices each year.

Veterans Benefits

If you plan to use veterans educational benefits, FPF may not be for you. 

FPF is not approved for VA educational benefits, including Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) and Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35).

Under California law and the University of California policy, the Cal Vet College Fee Waiver applies only to mandatory system-wide tuition and fees for state-supported programs. Because FPF is not subsidized by the state, the Cal Vet Fee Waiver cannot be used for FPF tuition and fees

Questions? Contact veteransbenefits@berkeley.edu or visit registrar.berkeley.edu/veterans-benefits.

Billing Information

If you qualify for financial aid through FAFSA, once you register for FPF, you will need to adjust your financial aid package to reflect the additional FPF fee. 

  1. Log in to CalCentral and click on “My Finances.” 
  2. In the Financial Aid & Scholarships section on the left, you can click the “Update” link next to the Housing section and choose “FPF-Campus” to show your financial aid package if you choose to enroll in FPF and live on campus. 
  3. If you choose FPF and prefer to live off campus or to commute, you should contact Financial Aid and Scholarships directly to recalculate your package.


For all billing and payment inquiries, check the My Finances section in your CalCentral account.

"FPF was a wonderful experience, and I would recommend it to everyone! It’s a great introduction to a life at a big university since the classes are small but the academics are still top notch. The professors are all super nice, and so were my fellow students. 2 years later, I’m still great friends with people I met here!” 

-Karina Fong-Hirschfelder, FPF Alumna