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.

Working on Campus

We do not recommend outside employment during students’ first semesters. That allows them time to become fully immersed in the School’s demanding curriculum.

For their second, third and fourth semesters 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. Job listings for GSI and reader positions are posted on the UGIS website.

The School also offers hourly positions within our television and radio labs, as well as assisting the magazine program, community sites and other instructional efforts. Some students also hold hourly positions with the School’s Investigative Reporting Program or with other campus departments.

Financial Support, Loans and Fellowships

Journalism School Scholarships

All students admitted to the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism will be considered for funding. Funding is mostly merit based. Need is considered when possible. About 40 percent of students receive some sort of departmental funding. Funding packages range from about $10,000 to $20,000 per year.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students may begin filing their FAFSA forms online in January 2016 to be considered for federal grants, loans, or qualification for work-study. Priority filing due date: March 2, 2017. UC Berkeley’s institution code for the FAFSA is 001312.

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

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.