Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

Below is the estimated cost of attendance for the 2015-2016 academic year. These figures have been determined by the university primarily for financial aid purposes. Except for some U.S. veterans, or upon a successful budget appeal, your total financial aid as displayed in the university MyFinAid system cannot exceed the estimates below.

Approved Fees are $3,046.70 per unit for the 2015-16 academic year. (Fees were $2,930 per unit for the 2014-2015 year.) Cost of attendance items, and subsequent financial aid options, are subject to change due to votes by the UC Regents, UCOP policy changes, external or internal audits, or Congressional action. Please note that fees are subject to change and you should expect them to rise each year.

The following budgets are based on expected enrollment. A base budget for all students (assuming 6 units per term, standard living expenses, and applicable book estimates) will be used to determine financial aid eligibility. For most students who choose to apply for financial aid then, initial loan offers will be based on a budget similar to that of third-year students. This aligns with historical borrowing patterns for most students in this program.

2015-16 Cost of Attendance
  First Year Students (8 Units/term) Second Year Students (7 Units/term) Third Year Students (6 Units/term)
Program Fees (Billable Costs)* $48,747 $42,654 $36,560
Estimated Living Expenses $24,324 $24,324


Estimated Books & Supplies $1,104 $1,104 N/A
TOTAL BUDGET $74,175 $68,082 $60,884

*A base budget of 6 units per term will be used for initial financial aid eligibility. Students can still borrow enough to cover program fees without needing to request changes.

Explanation of Fees

  • Class Pass / Transit Fee: Included in the EWMBA Fees, UC Berkeley charges a bus pass fee per semester, itemized on your Monthly e-Bill. All students must pay this fee, and it cannot be waived even if you later withdraw for the semester.
  • The cost of books and course materials is included in the program fees for 3rd year students. Beginning 2014-15 incoming students receives an iPad to access course materials and purchase e-books. The cost of the iPad will not be additional and is included in the program fees.
  • This budget does not include items such as credit card debt or automobile expenses. We recommend that you reduce these obligations before you enter school, as they cannot be considered in your financial aid budget under federal regulations. Living Expense amounts based on a nine-month academic year.
  • Student Health Insurance is no longer part of the required fees for the EWMBA Program. If you are interested in referrals for health insurance plans, please call the Student Health Insurance Office at (510) 642-5700 or email your questions to

Prior year EWMBA costs