Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS) students are assessed cybersecurity program tuition fees, which are charged per enrolled unit of course work, and the Berkeley campus fee, which is charged per enrolled semester. The MICS program is a 27-unit program. MICS students are also assessed the document management fee, which is a one-time fee charged in the first term of enrollment.
For students who start the program in January 2018 or later, there will be a $500 immersion fee. Students will also be responsible for the cost of their hotel stay during the immersion and travel to and from the immersion. Fees are subject to change each academic year; new fees typically take effect in the fall term.
For the 2019–20 academic year (fall 2019, spring 2019, and summer 2020), MICS fees are as follows:
|2019 — 20 FEES / TUITION||NEW STUDENTS||CONTINUING STUDENTS|
|Information and Cybersecurity Program Fees||$2,592 per enrolled unit*||$2,592 per enrolled unit*|
|Berkeley Campus Fee||$728.50 (Fall 2019 & Spring 2020)*;
$349 (Summer 2020)*
|$728.50 (Fall 2019 & Spring 2020)*;
$349 (Summer 2020)*
|Document Management Fee||$95*||$0|
*The tuition, fees, and charges displayed here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by state funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown. Students should expect fees to moderately increase each fall term.
Fee assessment example:
- A new student who enters the program in fall 2019 and takes two classes (6 units) would be assessed a total of $16,375.50 (consisting of $2,592 per unit x 6 units + $728.50 campus fee + $95 document management fee).
- A continuing student who takes one class (3 units) in spring 2020 would be assessed a total of $8,504.50 (consisting of $2,592 per unit x 3 units + $728.50 campus fee).
U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal financial aid programs, which include student loans. We encourage you to apply for financial aid as early as possible during the application process.
To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must be registered in a minimum of per semester. Students who choose to take a less accelerated path toward completion of the degree should be aware that this will impact federal financial aid eligibility.
To apply for federal aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.ed.gov. The Federal School Code for UC Berkeley is 001312.
The FAFSA must be completed each academic year in order to remain eligible for federal student aid.
The UC Berkeley School of Information offers the following scholarship opportunities to currently enrolled students. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, please reach out to your Student Success Advisor.
Paul Fasana LGBTQ Studies Fellowship
The Paul Fasana LGBTQ Studies Fellowship is designed to support UC Berkeley School of Information graduate students whose research interests or studies are related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer studies in any field or discipline.
A total of $5,000 will be awarded annually, either as a single award of up to $5,000 or multiple smaller awards totaling up to $5,000, at the discretion of the fellowship committee. This fellowship is open to all current UC Berkeley School of Information graduate students.
Curtis B. Smith Cybersecurity Fellowship
The Curtis B. Smith Fellowship is designed to support high-achieving students enrolled in any degree program at the UC Berkeley School of Information whose interest or research focus is in cybersecurity.
A total of $3,000 will be awarded annually, either as a single award of up to $3,000 or multiple smaller awards totaling up to $3,000, at the discretion of the fellowship committee. This fellowship is open to all current UC Berkeley School of Information graduate students.
Other Financing Options
Students may be eligible for the following funding options to assist with tuition payment:
- Corporate sponsorship: Some companies provide full or partial tuition support for employees. Preparing a request for corporate sponsorship can help maximize the likelihood of obtaining your company’s financial support. Please contact your Admissions Counselor for more information on how to create an effective request.
- Veterans Benefits.
- A small number of immersion fellowships will be offered each immersion. The fellowships will cover the $500 fee; recipients will still be responsible for travel and the cost of their stay.
- Student loans: U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply for Federal Direct Loans or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans by completing the FAFSA. Any student can apply for a private student loan.
Private Loan Option for International Students
Private loans (also known as alternative loans) can help fill the gap between the cost of education and the amount of other financial aid offered. Private lenders vary in interest rates, terms, and eligibility requirements.
The University of California, Office of the President, provides a list of private loan lenders for international students, however you may choose any lender. You may visit the Berkeley International Office website for more information. Please also see the University of California Code of Conduct in Regard to Preferred Lender Arrangements.