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Fees & Financial Aid

The total cost of participation in Bridge is between $6,788-$7,696, based on the number of academic units in which scholars are enrolled. Financial aid is available for eligible scholars who complete the FAFSA or Dream Act applications for 2018-19 and 2019-20. The priority deadline to submit applications is June 1st. However, scholars are urged to complete them as early as possible in order to be packaged for aid

Cost Breakdown

Tuition and fees for Bridge 2019 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.

Costs for the Summer Bridge Program
  6 Units 7 Units 8 Units
Fees $2,891 $3,310 $3,729
Books $210 $245 $280
Living $3,687 $3,687 $3,687
TOTAL $6,788 $7,242 $7,696

Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial aid for summer is available for eligible scholars who complete a FAFSA or Dream Act applications for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. Scholars are urged to complete financial aid applications as early as possible to allow their conditional Bridge package to be calculated sooner. The priority deadline to submit the 2018-19 FAFSA or Dream Act application is June 1st.

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, and work-study funds are not available during Bridge.

Summer Aid Offers

Summer Aid offers can be viewed after (1) scholars have successfully completed all enrollment steps and (2) all required Tasks have been submitted and processed. All offers are based on enrolled units and eligibility for aid.

To view an 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 2018-19 Academic Year and click on the “Details” link

  • If you have no outstanding tasks for the 2018-19 academic year, your offer will be viewable at the right, under the “Awards” heading

  • If you do not see any 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”

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' course load of 6, 7 or 8 units.

Required Documents

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
• FAFSA Household Change
• FAFSA Income or Asset Change
• 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. 2019-20). While these do not prevent an aid offer for summer from being prepared, scholars should make note of these items for future action.

Accepting Loans

Scholars may accept loans once they see an official financial aid award package, up until July 27. 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 other loan acceptance requirements such as a promissory note and entrance loan counseling. More information about loans, and what is required, can be found on the Financial Aid website.  

Contact Cal Student Central to change or cancel the amount of a previously accepted loan.

Please visit the Financial Aid website to review frequently asked questions about summer financial aid, and to learn more about financial aid at Berkeley. 

Sample Financial Aid Packages 

Other Funding Sources

Outside Scholarships

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 2018-19 (summer) and 2019-20 (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 CalStudentCentral.  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 CalStudentCentral. In early July, any financial aid received is automatically applied to each scholar's CalStudentCentral 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, CalStudentCentral adds a $25 late fee per month.