The Financial Fair for Personal Finance is an opportunity for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees to attend workshops, learn about campus resources, and visit with campus financial vendors.
UC Berkeley offers many free classes, workshops and resources on financial management to help faculty, staff and retirees take control of their financial future.
This online tool has many valuable resources including budgeting and scholarship search tools, planning for home ownership or preparing for retirement. Join the 1300+ UC Berkeley community members signed up to use iGrad.
Most campus events and museums offer discounts to faculty, staff, and students. Your Cal 1 Card(link is external) photo ID will make it easier and quicker to get discounts on the events and services listed below.
Be sure to check out the UCOP online lists of discounts for all UC employees(link is external) including Apple, Dell, HP, theme parks and attractions!
UC Berkeley has contracted with two external credit unions, University Credit Union and USE Credit Union to offer an emergency loan program to employees. Both suppliers have UC-negotiated interest rates, are in complete compliance with the Truth in Lending requirements, and will provide online application tools for employees to directly apply for emergency loans.
As many as one in ten of Berkeley's graduate students are a parent of a young child or children. Recognizing the special challenges involved in balancing advanced degree programs and family responsibilities, the University is committed to supporting policies, programs, and services to help graduate student parents meet their family care obligations while they pursue their academic goals.
Please go to The Graduate Division website for a complete list of programs and grants(link is external)(link is external).
The UC Berkeley Financial Aid and Scholarships Office offers the Parent Grant to support undergraduate student parents with dependent children under the age of 18. The Parent Grant will automatically be awarded in your financial aid package based on the information on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application. The award is up to a maximum of $8,600 during the fall/spring terms, which is disbursed on a monthly basis; and up to a maximum of $3,000 during the summer term, which is disbursed all at once, based on your enrollment and financial need.
Program details can be found at: Undergraduate Student Parent Grant
Both Undergraduate and Graduate Students
The Graduate Division has partnered with the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Student Services and Fees and the Hutto Patterson Charitable Foundation to create a highly subsidized back-up childcare program for all registered graduate and undergraduate students, who are parents of children aged 6 weeks up to 18 years of age.
Each student will be eligible for up to 60 hours of in-home and/or center-based care at the rate of $4/hr (in-home) and $2/hr (center-based). The service is administered by Bright Horizons, a national provider of employer-sponsored childcare and back-up care.
Detailed information about the program, with step-by-step instructions on how students can register, are available on their dedicated program website.(link is external)
Drop in with a financial wellness peer mentor(link is external) to help you understand your personal finances. Peer mentors can answer basic money management questions and help you create a personal spending plan.Short-Term Emergency Loan(link is external)
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office offers short-term emergency loans to graduate and undergraduate students.
These interest-free loans are designed to help students meet unanticipated expenses directly related to the cost of education.
These links to community resource websites are listed as a convenience. Their inclusion in this website does not constitute endorsement by the University of California.
Financial and Housing Counseling and Support
Hayward: 510 581 9380
NACA (Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America)
Oakland Tel: 510-652-6622
Sacramento Tel: 425-892-6222
San Francisco Housing Development Corp
4439 3rd St, SF
Tel: 415 822 1022
Compass Family Shelter
995 Market Street, 5th Floor, San Francsico
Tel: 405 644 0504 ext. 2320
21455 Birch St. Box, Hayward,
Tel: 510 886 5473
In need of shelter, call: 510 581 3223
East Bay Office: 1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 600, Oakland (SF location also)
Tel: 510 763 8540
SAHA: Satellite Affordable Housing Associates
1835 Alcatraz Avenue
Can help provide a portion of the move-in or stay-in costs for rental Housing
UC Berkeley Food Pantry
#68 MLK Student Union (Basement Floor)
The UC Berkeley Food Pantry was established to provide emergency relief to help students and staff at the University of California.
Alameda County Community Food Bank
Helpline: 1 800 870 3663 or 510 635 3663
Must sign up through CalFresh Program
Berkeley Food and Housing Project
1901 Fairview Street, Berkeley
Tel: 510 649 4965
St. Vincent De Paul Alameda County
Dining Room: 675 23rd St. Oakland
Tel: 510 638 7600
Food Assistance Program info: https://www.svdp-alameda.org/program-detail.html
Contra Costa County
San Francisco and Marin
SF-Marin Food Bank
900 Pennsylvania Ave, SF
Tel: 415 282 1900
2550 Kerner Blvd. San Rafael
Tel: 415 883 1302