Questions about Financial AidResidency for Tuition Purposes, or SHIPContact us!


The Financial Aid Division provides advice and support for students experiencing financial challenges with the university.  Our services include confidential advice and assistance filing for and appealing decisions related to financial aid, the Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), residency for tuition purposes, and billing and payment services.  Our casework services include:

  • Explaining campus policies
  • Reviewing communication statements with administrators
  • Assisting with the preparation of statements for appeals
  • Managing deadlines and gathering documents for appeals
  • Attending meetings with you or on your behalf
  • Referrals to external resources, such as Tang counseling or the Food Assistance Program

We assist students who would like additional support engaging with the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office, including both formal processes and informal disputes.  These include:


Want to know more about financial aid?  See the following resources below:


The Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is a comprehensive major medical insurance plan. Visit our Berkeley SHIP page for more information.

We assist students with the following processes:


In order to qualify for in-state tuition, students must prove their residence in the state of California.  *Note: The Residency Affairs Unit in the Office of the Registrar is the only office permitted by the University of California Office of the President to give official advice on residency matters. Please contact their office for official advice by emailing

We support students in the process of proving and documenting their California residency.  This includes:

  • Filing a Statement of Legal Residence (SLR)
  • Appealing a rejected Statement of Legal Residence at the UC Berkeley or UCOP level