About University of California
The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Cal, or California) is a public research university in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the flagship institution of the ten research universities affiliated with the University of California system. It is often ranked as a top-ten university in the world and the top public university in the United States.
Established in 1868 as the University of California, resulting from the merger of the private College of California and the public Agricultural, Mining and Mechanical Arts College in Oakland, Berkeley offers approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The Dwinelle Bill of March 5, 1868 (California Assembly Bill No. 583) stated that the “University shall have for its design, to provide instruction and thorough and complete education in all departments of science, literature and art, industrial and profession[al] pursuits, and general education, and also special courses of instruction in preparation for the professions”.
Berkeley offers a range of scholarship programs that can help you fund your studies. In addition, you can search for external scholarships to help with your education expenses.
Please see the following links below for more information on both UC Berkeley scholarships and external scholarships.
University of Berkeley Scholarships
The Berkeley Scholarships are the oldest in the University of California, and recognize the academic achievement of undergraduate students. Each year, 2,500 students receive a Berkeley University scholarship, funded by one or more of our 800 private and college philanthropic funds. There is no application process other than applying for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dreams Act Application online.
- New students must meet the criteria by the Senate Academic Committee on scholarship, honor and financial aid awarded on the basis of both academic achievement and financial need.
- Californians and International students are eligible for admission from high school with a GPA of 3.1 or better.
- California residents with eligible students from a community college school with a GPA of 3.5 or better are also eligible to apply
- Scholarships are based on your level of financial need. Students have financial needs and midpoints
Fiat Lux Scholarship
UC Berkeley’s faculty established the Fiat Lux Scholarship in 2016 with the goal of attracting to Berkeley high-achieving students from local high schools in the Bay Area, Central Coast area (Salinas), San Jose, Sequoia, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. This proven and highly successful program promotes “giving back” by encouraging scholars to do outreach in local high schools with the support of Berkeley’s Center for Educational Partnerships. The scholars act as important, aspirational role models for the high school students. In partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the scholars also help out at college information sessions at various events and high schools
Middle Class Scholarship
On July 1, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation creating the Middle Class Scholarship program, aimed at making higher education more affordable to middle-income families.
For more information about the program, please visit the links below
Please note: The State of California-sponsored Middle Class Scholarship is different from UC Berkeley’s Middle Class Access Plan. Receipt of a Middle Class Scholarship may affect your total Middle Class Access Plan award from UC Berkeley.
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