The total cost of participation in Bridge is between $5,400-$6,400, based on the number of academic units in which scholars are enrolled. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Tuition and fees for Bridge 2017 have been calculated below. Notes: Scholars who do not have California residency are not required to pay an additional "Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition" for Bridge. Scholars are responsible for paying their own travel costs to and from Berkeley, as well as any other personal expenses.
Applying for Financial Aid
Financial aid is available for eligible scholars who complete a FAFSA or Dream Act applications for both 2016-17 and 2017-18. Scholars are urged to complete financial aid applications for both award years as early as possible to allow their conditional Bridge package to be calculated sooner. Final deadline to apply for summer financial aid is May 1.
Types of Financial Aid
Types of summer aid may include Federal Pell Grants, Summer Fee Grants, Summer Bridge Grants, Federal Direct Subsidized Loans, Berkeley Loans, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and/or discretionary grants. Types and amounts of aid are based on each scholar's FAFSA or Dream Act application, enrollment, and financial need.
Please note that Cal Grants, Gates Millennium Scholarships, Regents' and Chancellor's' scholarships, and work-study funds are not available during Bridge.
Summer Aid Offers
Conditional offers can be viewed approximately two weeks after (1) scholars have successfully completed all enrollment steps and (2) all required Tasks in the My Finances section of CalCentral have been submitted and processed. A conditional offer is an estimate of a scholar's financial aid eligibility and is subject to change. Conditional offers are based on a 6-unit placeholder Bridge course and eligibility for aid.
To view a conditional offer:
Log into CalCentral
Select "My Finances” from the menu at the top
In the middle of the page, in the Financial Aid and Scholarships section, select the 2016-17 Academic Year and click on the “Details” link
If you have no outstanding tasks for the 2016-17 academic year, your conditional offer will be viewable at the right, under the “Awards” heading
If you do not see any conditional awards, check to see if you have outstanding tasks that need to be completed, which you will see to the left of the page, under “Communications”
Bridge scholars will enroll in actual courses in mid-June. Scholars will not see an official award package until early July, provided all required tasks on CalCentral are complete. Scholars with incomplete files will not receive a final financial aid package until their file is complete and have finalized their enrollment.
Final packages are based on scholars' actual course load of 6, 7 or 8 units.
If we need additional documents from you, we will place “Tasks” in the My Finances section of CalCentral. Below is a list of the most common documents we request. All forms are included on CalCentral and/or Financial Aid website, except as indicated:
• Dependent Verification Form
• Independent Verification Form
• Certification of Independence
• U.S. Citizenship Confirmation
• Eligible Non-Citizen Statement
• Social Security Number Certification
• FAFSA Household Change
• FAFSA Income or Asset Change
• College Enrollment Verification
• Selective Service Verification
Please note that a summer financial aid package will not be generated until all required documents have been received and reviewed by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. Scholars may also see additional tasks on CalCentral for the upcoming aid year (i.e. 2017-18). While these do not prevent an aid offer for summer from being prepared, scholars should make note of these items for future action.
Scholars may accept loans once they see an official financial aid award package, up until July 21. In CalCentral, select “My Finances” from the menu at the top. In the middle of the page, in the Financial Aid and Scholarships section, click on the “Details” link. Your awards for summer will be listed to the right of the page. From there, you can accept, decline, or reduce the loans that were offered to you. In order for the loans to disburse, scholars must also complete loan acceptance requirements (these requirements may be completed prior to June 26th).
Contact Cal Student Central to change or cancel the amount of a previously accepted loan.
Sample Financial Aid Packages
Estimated financial aid packages for Bridge 2017 can be downloaded here.
Scholars can also use this estimator to approximate their financial aid eligibility.
Other Funding Sources
Scholars can use outside scholarships to help for the cost of Bridge. If a scholar already has a financial aid package and receives an outside scholarship/award, the financial aid offer will be adjusted for that award. Generally, need-based loans are reduced first to "make room" for the scholarship.
Scholars tend to have greater need during the academic year; therefore, it is important that scholars review their 2016-17 (summer) and 2017-18 (academic year) financial aid packages carefully to determine how best to maximize the benefits of their outside scholarships.
In late June, Bridge fees are assessed through CalCentral. In early July, any financial aid awarded and accepted is automatically applied to each scholar's billing account. Any outstanding amount is due by August 19th through one of the accepted electronic payment methods. If full payment is not received by this date students will be assessed a $25 late fee per month.
In late June, Bridge fees are assessed through CARS, the central campus billing system. In early July, any financial aid received is automatically applied to each scholar's CARS account. Any outstanding amount is due by August 15 through one of the accepted electronic payment methods. If full payment is not received by this date, CARS adds a $20 late fee per month.