Student Parents with children under 18 years of age at UC Berkeley are eligible for a need-based Financial Aid Student Parent Grant. Prospective and current student parents need to complete a FAFSA annually to be eligible for this award as well as federal, state, and university funding. Undergraduates click here; Graduate students click here to apply.
Student parents are initially packaged based on the same set of expenses provided for in a "standard student budget". Students who are eligible for need-based financial aid and have family-related expenses can submit a Cost of Attendance Adjustment to be considered for an increased financial aid package to help cover child care, housing, and other family maintenance expenses (like food, clothing, transportation). If you have allowable one-time expenses that are not included in the initial standard budget, for example moving expenses to relocate to Cal or a computer purchase, save those receipts for a standard budget appeal in the Fall. If you have "family-related" expenses (for example for children's food, clothing) that are not included in a standard student budget and you also meet specific low-income requirements, you will be able to include family-related expenses in your Cost of Attendance Adjustment. Loans will be offered after you have received the maximum amount of gift aid.
Funds 10-15 Osher Reentry Scholars with awards of $2,000-$5,000 for the academic year. Annual deadline in fall term.
The purpose of the scholarship is to preserve Zachary's memory, to reward excellence in public education, and to support University's commitment to access, equity, and inclusion at Berkeley. Frank and Jodie Cruz also conceive of the scholarship as a way to give back to the communities of Ventura County and the Bay Area, where they raised their son. Read more about Zachary.
There are many scholarships and grants available for pregnant mothers and mothers with children.
Established by the Mullins family to provide financial assistance to leaders who are single parent reentry students. Up to $5,000 is awarded be each year. Visit the Beverly Mullins webpage for application information. Annual deadline mid-late April.
This is an essential source of support for the Student Parent Center as well as one-time emergency grants and scholarships. Student Parent Center staff can determine if you meet the criteria for assistance and refer you for their consideration.
The Program for Continuing Education (PCE) grant supports women who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and their families.
An international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. The Soroptimist’s Women’s Opportunity Awards Program assists women who are the primary source of financial support for their families and seeking to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. The program begins at the local Soroptimist club-level, and the Student Parent Center works closely with the El Cerrito Chapter to recruit Berkeley student parents to apply.
Established by Judith Lee Stronach in 1993 for re-entry students (undergraduate students who have a gap of five years or more between high school and college and graduate students who have a gap of five years or more between undergraduate and graduate studies). The prizes consist of two awards in the amount of $2,000 each for poetry (five poems) and prose (unpublished, any length). These prizes are co-administered by the English Department and CE3.