Registration

Enrollment and Cancellation 

Thank you for your interest in joining Summer Bridge 2019! Please accept your offer of admission via My Application Portal to proceed. Once you have accepted your offer, you will be able to access the Bridge Enrollment Form (sign-in to My Application Portal required). 

The deadline to submit accept your offer of admission is May 1, 2019.

The deadline to submit the Bridge Enrollment Form is May 17, 2019. 

IMPORTANT: To be considered for federal financial aid for summer, scholars must complete the FASFA or California Dream Act applications for BOTH 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. 

Questions or concerns? Please don't hesitate to contact us at sbridge@berkeley.edu

Terms & Conditions

In order to participate in Bridge, scholars must agree to the following terms and conditions, applicable for the duration of the six-week program:

  1. Scholars must arrive for Bridge by (arrival date TBD) and stay for the duration of the program through Friday, August 16, 2019.
  2. Bridge is a full-time, academic residential program, and scholars are required to attend all lectures, discussions, workshops, tutoring, seminars, and activities scheduled for them as a Bridge scholar.
  3. The Bridge program staff will determine scholars' summer course placement and advise scholars regarding their selection of courses for fall and spring semesters of their freshman year.
  4. The Bridge program staff will monitor scholars' courses and related activities to assist them in meeting the requirements of the program.
  5. Scholars must live in the residence halls designated for Bridge scholars.
  6. Scholars may not take a reduced course load during Bridge, nor take additional summer courses including those offered through Freshman Edge and Summer Sessions.
  7. Scholars may not hold a paid or unpaid job or internship.
  8. Scholars may not participate concurrently in other summer programs, such as Compass Summer Program or Posse Scholars Summer Program.
  9. Scholars must adhere to the University’s Code of Conduct. These rules of conduct are intended to foster behaviors that are consistent with a civil and educational setting.

Cancellation

Cancellation before Arrival

Scholars invited to Bridge may request to cancel their enrollment through May 31st with no cancellation fee, and on or after June 1st with a fee.

Withdrawal after Arrival

No refunds will be given for withdrawal, dismissal, or leave of absence after the first day of Bridge. Scholars will be assessed a $400 cancellation fee regardless of reason, and any housing, dining, textbook, summer session, and Class Pass fees incurred. Any financial aid received will be canceled, and scholars will be personally responsible for payment of fees no later than August 18, 2019.

Post-Enrollment Checklist

Thank you for enrolling in Summer Bridge 2019! We are excited to welcome you to Cal and look forward to supporting you in Making the Golden Bear Leap to Success!  The next steps include a few details. Please leave time to gather all the documents requested, and to complete any additional forms. 

Financial Aid

If you haven't done so, please complete the following to be considered for federal financial aid: 

Apply for Housing

  • Visit the Housing website for information on how to complete your housing application. All scholars must complete their housing applications by 5PM on Friday, May 17th.

Analytical Writing Placement Exam

  • Determine if you need to take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam. This systemwide exam always takes place on the second Saturday of May, which falls on May 11th this year. 

Specific Accommodations

  • Submit a request with the Disabled Students' Program if you require accommodations for a learning difference or chronic health condition

Move-in Preparation 

  • If you don't have, apply for a government-issued photo identification card (driver's license, ID card, or passport) to use as official identification. 
  • Refer to the Summer Bridge Arrival Guide for additional instructions (coming soon). 

Cost & Financial Aid

The total cost of participation in Bridge is between $6,787-$7,703, 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 2018 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 Units7 Units8 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

Download the package here.

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.

Payment

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.

Outreach

Cal Day & Senior Day Weekend

Congratulations on your admission to UC Berkeley, the world's #1 public university! As you weigh your final decision about where you'll study for the next four years, we would love the opportunity to speak with you. If you plan to be in town for Senior Weekend or Cal Day, please connect with us.

Check back soon for updates!

YIELD & Outreach Recipients

We look forward to speaking with scholars about Cal and Summer Bridge. During the month of April, please look for us at the following receptions:

Check back soon for updates!