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Faculty/Staff

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(link is external)

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(link is external)

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 Emergency Loan Program(link is external)

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 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).

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 their dedicated program website.(link is external)

Personal Finance Assistance

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. 

Community Resources

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

BALANCE Concord
Tel: 1-800-777-7526

CHDC (Community Housing Development Corporation)
1535 Fred Jackson Way, Richmond
Tel: 510-412-9290
Email: info@communityhdc.org

Echo Housing 
Hayward: 510 581 9380
Antioch: 925-732-3919
Livermore: 925-583-5992
Oakland: 510-496-0496

Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California
1314 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael
Tel: 415 457 5025
Email: fhanc@fairhousingnorcal.org

Habitat for Humanity East Bay
2619 Broadway, Oakland 
Tel: 510 803 3371 or 866 450 4432
Email: homeowner@habitatebsv.org

NACA (Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America)
Oakland Tel: 510-652-6622
Sacramento Tel: 425-892-6222

Operation Hope

HOPE Inside Bank of the West Oakland
3062 East 9th Street, Oakland, CA 94601

Monique White
monique.white@operationhope.org
Tel: 510-535-6700
Credit and Money Management

Deyanira Aráuz
Deyanira.arauz@operationhope.org
Tel: 510-535-6700
Credit and Money Management

Mel Rogers
mel.rogers@operationhope.org
Tel: 510-535-6700
Credit and Money Management
Homeownership

Richmond Neighborhood Housing Service
12972 San Pablo Ave, Richmond
Tel: 510 237 6459
Email: nikkibeasley@eastbaynhs.org

San Francisco Housing Development Corp
4439 3rd St, SF
Tel: 415 822 1022

San Francisco LGBT Community Center
1800 Market St, SF
Tel: 415 865 5652
Email: leisab@sfcenter.org

Emergency Housing

Berkeley Food and Housing Project

Compass Family Shelter
995 Market Street, 5th Floor, San Francsico
Tel: 405 644 0504 ext. 2320

Everyone Home Alameda County
101 Callan Ave. San Leandro
Tel: 510 473 8643
Email: info@everyonehome.org

FESCO
21455 Birch St. Box, Hayward,
Tel: 510 886 5473
In need of shelter, call: 510 581 3223

Hamilton Families
East Bay Office: 1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 600, Oakland (SF location also)
Tel: 510 763 8540

One Home Bay Area
Allows you to search for affordable housing listings based on your monthly income and max rent

SAHA: Satellite Affordable Housing Associates
1835 Alcatraz Avenue
Berkeley
CA 94703

Shelter Inc.
Tel: 925 338 1038 from 9 – 4pm M-F
Email: shelter@shelterinc.org

Can help provide a portion of the move-in or stay-in costs for rental Housing

Food

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. 

CalFresh Program
Tel: 1 877 847 3663
To apply: http://www.benefitscal.com/

California Dept. of Health: Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

Alameda County


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

Bay Area Rescue Mission Food Pantry
123 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond
Tel: 510 215 4555
Email: info@bayarearescue.org

Contra Costa & Solano Food Bank
Tel: 1 855 309 3663
Email: info@foodbankccs.org

Loaves & Fishes of Contra Costa
835 Ferry St, Martinez
Tel: 925 293 4792
Email: info@loavesfishescc.org

Richmond Emergency Food Pantry
Grace Lutheran Church
2369 Barrett Avenue, Richmond
Tel: 510 235 9732
Email: info@refp.org

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
Email: info@sfmfoodbank.org