Estimated Student Budget for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 UCDC Program (Please note: due to remote program for the 20-21 academic year, DC housing and travel costs not applicable)

Estimated Tuition and fees shown are for CA residentsFall 2020 Spring 2021 
Housing and Utility 5,0725,072
Estimated Food3,0703,070
Estimated Air Transit  600  600
Estimated Local Transit  900  900
Estimated Books and Supplies  700  700
Estimated Personal  (includes winter clothes and professional attire)2,6002,600
Estimated Tuition and Fees*7,156*7,156*
*Note: Based on 2020-21 UC tuition rates. 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.  For the Optional Student Health Insurance Plan add an estimated $1,768. Out-of-state residents add an estimated $14,877 in Non-resident Supplemental Tuition.

Financial Aid

The UC Berkeley Financial Aid Office calculates aid awards to meet the needs of students participating in the UCDC program.  The UCDC program recommends that students consult with the financial aid office to determine their individual need and eligibility as it relates to the UCDC program costs. Email travelaid@berkeley.edu to set up a personal appointment.

Scholarships & Other Awards

Center for Civility & Democratic Engagement (CCDE) Fellowships


Matsui Center Washington Fellowship (for Cal UCDC participants only)

https://igs.berkeley.edu/student-learning/fellowships/matsui-center-  washington-fellowship

UC Presidential Public Service Fellowship program


The Leadership Award


Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research


The Charles E. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research 


Prytanean Prize


John Gardner Fellowship


New Leader Scholarship


Undergraduate Merit Scholarship


Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

The HACU program has complied a list of scholarship resources that is available on their web site.  This list is for informational purposes only and does not serve as an endorsement of these organizations by UCDC or HACU.


Other Campus Sources of Funding 

Check with your academic department to see if grants or awards are available for undergraduate students pursuing research.

We also encourage you to conduct a broader scholarship search.  One useful resource is UCB’s Scholarship Connection: http://scholarships.berkeley.edu/.  Another is the Alumni Association: http://alumni.berkeley.edu/community/scholarships