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Affordability and the Undergraduate Cost of Attendance


Download this data here (Last updated on February 10, 2020)
Sources & Methodology:
  • Estimated Cost of Attendance Data comes from UC Berkeley's Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. The data are in constant dollars.
  • Student priorities on choosing housing comes from UC Berkeley Housing Survey Preliminary Findings which was produced in October 2017.
  • Student response data regarding textbook affordability comes from the UC Undergraduate Experience Surveys (UCUES) administered in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
  • Average cumulative debt for graduates and percent of graduates with debt come from College InSight, a initiative of the Institute for College Access & Success. The College InSight web site displays data taken from the Common Data Set (CDS), the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and the Department of Education FISAP Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP). College-level student debt and undergraduate financial aid data © 2017 Peterson's LLC, all rights reserved. Number of bachelors degree recipients comes from IPEDS.
  • Average cumulative debt for graduates is defined by the Institute for College Access & Success and Peterson's LLC as the average cumulative student loan amount borrowed by graduates with student loan debt to finance their undergraduate education.
  • Percent of graduates with debt is defined by the Institute for College Access & Success and Peterson's LLC as the percent of graduates who were estimated to have borrowed from any source at any time to finance their undergraduate education.
  • Bachelors degree recipients (IPEDS) is defined by the Institute for College Access & Success and Peterson's LLC as the number of bachelor's degree recipients during the 12-month academic year.
Notes on Other Available Data:
  • Another source for similar data is the UC Information Center dashboard titled UC remains affordable for undergraduates, which differs from this dashboard in that it displays costs in 2017 constant dollars, and is based on the UCOP Corporate Student System data source.
  • The UC Office of the President's Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs published a report summarizing the Student Financial Support unit’s Initial findings from the Undergraduate Cost of Attendance Survey 2015-16, particularly how 2015‐16 average expenses compare with those measured in the 2012‐13 and 2009‐10 survey administrations. Data from the 2019 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance Survey will inform student budgets starting in 2020-21.
  • UC Berkeley's Office of Planning & Analysis published an analysis of the results from a Housing Survey that went out to 27,292 undergraduate students during April & May of 2017.
  • UC Berkeley's Center for Teaching & Learning provides teaching resources on Textbook Affordability and Accessibility toward the goal of reducing the high cost of course materials and ensuring those materials are accessible by Berkeley students.