Ways to Reduce Costs

Establishing California Residency

Many out-of-state students begin establishing California residency during their first years at the School in order to be eligible for in-state tuition in their second years. The Legal Residence Office website explains the steps you need to take to establish residency.

Only U.S. citizens are permitted to establish residency for in-state tuition in their second years. International students do not qualify.

Financial Support, Loans and Fellowships

Journalism School Scholarships

All students admitted to the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism will be considered for merit-based funding. In order to be considered for need-based funding, students complete the departmental grant section of the admission application.

While around 40 percent of students receive some sort of departmental funding, it varies from year to year and is not guaranteed. Funding packages range from about $5,000 to $20,000 per year.

(New) Berkeley Journalism's Reporting in China Fellowship


The Reporting in China Fellowship is a scholarship of $14,000 annually for two years offered to an incoming Berkeley Journalism student with a demonstrated interest in becoming journalists specializing in coverage of China. The goal is to ensure foreign journalists covering China gain proficiency in understanding the region's culture, history and languages so they can cover the country in a nuanced way.


  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Priority consideration will be given to individuals not already experts on China
  • You have to apply for the fellowship through the Berkeley Journalism admissions application.
  • Deadline, December 1, 2021

Click here for application details and timeline


Greater Good Science Center & Berkeley Journalism 

The fellow will work closely with the GGSC’s staff and faculty, including the editors of its award-winning online magazine, Greater Good. During the 2021-2022 academic year, the GGSC team will orient the fellow to relevant research, connect them with leading researchers in this field, and include them in the GGSC’s interdisciplinary cohort of student fellows. The fellow will supplement what they learn from the research with their own reporting and write a series of articles through the summer of 2022. The articles will be published on Greater Good, though we will look for opportunities to place them with other publications as well.

The fellowship will cover tuition, fees and other education & living expenses and be distributed each semester, $5,000 for fall and $5,000 for spring. The student must be a full-time student and remain in good academic standing to retain fellowship, i.e. no incomplete grades or grades below a 3.0. Please note that three work examples, a resume, and a recommendation are required for an application to be considered complete.

Key Dates:

Application deadline: July 9, 2022

Fellowship recipient announced: July 30, 2022

Fellowship start date: September 1, 2022

End Date: August 31, 2022

Any questions can be directed to the GGSC’s executive director, Jason Marsh, at jhmarsh@berkeley.edu.

Click here to access the form to apply 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

UC Berkeley’s institution code for the FAFSA is 001312.

Departmental funding deadlines:
Priority: March 1, 2022, 11:59 pm CDT
Final: June 30, 2022, 11:59 pm CST
*Note: FAFSA must be filed for each academic year.

Berkeley Graduate Division: Fellowship and Grants

The Graduate Division offers a comprehensive guide to for funding opportunities. Click here to see their guide to fellowships and grants.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

Students interested in pursuing studies in a foreign language as part of their graduate work at Berkeley may apply for a FLAS fellowship. Visit the FLAS page for information and requirements for this extremely competitive university fellowship.

Outside Funding Opportunities

Many outside organizations offer scholarships for graduate study. Below is a list to use as a starting reference for researching funding opportunities. Click here for more information on outside funding opportunities.

Additional Resources for International Students

Working on Campus

Students may seek GSR (Graduate Student Researcher), GSI (Graduate Student Instructor), Reader, and Tutor positions. All registered students are eligible for these instructional assistantships.

Positions are available campus-wide, and students are welcome to pursue openings in any department. Contact each department separately for specific deadlines, procedures, and requirements. The positions may include partial fee remissions with modest salaries. The partial fee remission is approximately $7,500 per semester. The semester salary is approximately $2,700. These positions are highly competitive, so students are advised to start their searches early. Academic Student Employee (ASE) job opportunities can be found on Berkeley People & Culture website:

The School also offers hourly positions working with our production labs, communications and marketing team, and events committee.

For up to date tuition and fees, visit the Registrar website. Scroll down on the Registrar website to see the fee table for the Journalism School in the list of professional schools. All fees listed are per semester.

Students should also review the Graduate Student Budget as outlined on the The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office website.

Students should anticipate additional miscellaneous costs, some of which are estimated as follows:

  • Transportation for Reporting Classes: $200 to $2,000
  • Documentary Production (documentary students only): $2,000-$10,000
  • Equipment Costs: variable
  • Estimated Loan Fees: $244
  • Course Material Fees (dependent on course): $40-$200

The Berkeley Journalism is strongly committed to remaining affordable to promising candidates from all socio-economic backgrounds, and devotes considerable energy to raising money from outside philanthropy so that grants and fellowships are widely available to our students. For that reason, we encourage all qualified individuals to apply regardless of their financial means, and we will do everything we can to make sure our fees don’t keep anyone from attending the School.