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Financial Resources


Annual Financial Fair for Personal Finance

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.

Financial Planning Resources

UC Berkeley offers many free classes, workshops and resources on financial management to help faculty, staff and retirees take control of their financial future.

HR Perks

Most campus events and museums offer discounts to faculty, staff, and students. Your Cal 1 Card 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 including Apple, Dell, HP, theme parks and attractions!

UC Emergency Loan Program

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.

Graduate Students

As many as one in ten of Berkeley's graduate students is 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.

Undergraduate Students

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

Back-up childcare for all student parents

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 a dedicated program website.

Personal Finance Assistance

Drop in with a financial wellness peer mentor 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

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.