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Financial Aid

I-House impacts the world by producing global citizens equipped with stellar leadership skills and intercultural expertise. Fulfilling this mission begins by assisting students from diverse national and socioeconomic backgrounds the ability to access the “I-House Experience.” 

The purpose of the I-House Financial Aid program is to offer UC Berkeley students who demonstrate financial need, an opportunity to experience first-hand, cultures from all over the world while enabling international students to learn about the ethnic and economic diversity in the United States as I-House residents.  

Due to the donations of many generous alumni and friends to International House, partial room and board scholarships may be provided to help deserving students the ability to reside at International House. 

The 2019-20 Fall and Academic Year Financial Aid application period is now closed. Applicants will be notified between July 11-15, 2019.
If you will need to cancel your room and board contract, the deadline is extended for financial aid applicants to 12:00 NOON, July 17, 2019 in order to have your pre-payment refunded. Email: ihres@berkeley.edu 

You must have a reserved room contract with the I-House Admissions Office before final financial aid awards are offered by mid-June.


• Full-time upper division (undergraduate junior or senior), or graduate students who are accepted and registered into a degree-seeking program at UC Berkeley;
• Demonstrated financial need;
• GPA of 3.0 or higher;
• A confirmed room reservation by time of award offerings (early June) at I-House for the semester/academic year for which you are applying. (A Regular Double for undergraduates, Low Price Single or Regular Single (for graduate students.) Large or Premium Room contacts are NOT eligible for IH financial aid awardees. (Graduate students may opt to reside in a double room if preferred.)
• Completion and submission of all steps of the Financial Aid application including supporting documents (Registration Form and Student Budget with Essay). 
Note: Exchange students, UC Berkeley Extension, Visiting Scholars, or Summer Session students are not eligible.

Note: Awards will be made in June in coordination with the Housing Admissions cancellation deadline of July 1, 2019. If you need to cancel your housing contract, July 1 is the deadline so you will receive your pre-payment/deposit back.


Housing questions? Email ihres@berkeley.edu

Read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

The I-House Financial Aid Application is composed of two forms plus documents to email:
• Step One: Registration Form
• Step Two: Student Budget Form (PDF) with Personal Statement. An official transcript showing your GPA, and for US or Permanent Residents, your FAFSA form.


Note: If you receive an award, you will be required to submit your Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). If you do not yet have either number, you will be required apply as soon as you arrive in the US. (International Students: download the W-7 ITIN application from the IRS website). You may submit your ITIN application through the Berkeley International Office. If you don't yet have a number, you are still welcome to apply for financial aid during the open application period. Depending on your passport country’s tax treaty for room and board scholarships, taxes may need to be withheld from your award (30% without an ITIN or Social Security Number; 14% after your number is sent to I-House.)

Please check with the Berkeley International Office or go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/ for more information on how to obtain a social security number or an ITIN number. Social security numbers are given ONLY if you have a written job offer.

International Students: Bonnie Johnston, ihousefinancialaid@berkeley.edu; 510-642-2196
U.S. Students / Permanent Residents: Ryan Jones, usfinaid@berkeley.edu or call 510-642-9471



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