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Room and Board Financial Aid Program

The 2017-18 Academic Year and 2017 Fall Semester Financial Aid Application period is April 24 – May 24, 2017. 


Applications for room and board financial aid are now available to graduate or upper division registered international students, U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents who have demonstrated financial need and have a room reservation to reside at International House for coordinating period.
The purpose of the 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.  
To be considered for financial assistance, an applicant must meet the eligibility criteria found on our Financial Aid page.


The I-House Financial Aid Application is a Multi-Step process:

STEP ONE: Submit the Financial Aid Registration Form.
STEP TWO: Click the link to the Financial Aid Student Budget Form; save to your computer, fill-in, re-name and email to the appropriate email address as attachment, and Word doc of personal statement and summary statement.
STEP THREE: Email your unofficial transcript as attachment.
STEP FOUR: If US Citizen or Permanent Resident, Send your FAFSA report as email attachment. The FAFSA process takes three days to complete. Please apply for FAFSA early, as it must be emailed with your completed application by May 24, 2017.

If you are an international student, email all documents to: ihousefinancialaid@berkeley.edu)
If you are an US citizen or permanent resident, email all documents to: ​usfinaid@berkeley.edu.


1.) ​I-House Financial Aid Registration Form

2.) I-House Financial Aid Student Budget Form (PDF)


Please read the following carefully.

Applications are pre-screened to select UC Berkeley students who closely fit the guidelines.  International House reserved the right to seek comparable information from campus departments, the Berkeley International Office or other appropriate sources.  Be sure to indicate a daytime phone number on your application.
The International House Board of Directors’ Financial Aid Committee makes award selection.  Applicants will be informed, by e-mail, regarding the status of their application by June 27, 2017. Other communications may not be sent prior to June 27.
It is the longstanding policy of I-House that any student with an unpaid balance to International House for room and board is not eligible to receive room and board financial aid.
You must accept your award by responding to the award e-mail with returned form.
Financial Aid Awards consist of full or partial payment of room and board fees at International House.  This includes Regular Double room occupancy for undergraduate students, and Regular Single occupancy rooms for graduate students.  Because Premium rooms are considerable more expensive than regular rooms, it is the established policy of I-House that students who receive International House room and board financial aid or Gateway fellowships are not eligible to live in Premium Single or Premium Double rooms.  If you are assigned to a Premium room and receive a financial aid award, you will be expected to initiate a move to a Regular Room for the period covered by your award.
Note: Financial Aid Applicants must have a current reservation for the coming Fall semester or Academic Year with I-House to be considered for funding. For more information, or if you are unsure you have a reservation, go to Housing Application Process at: http://ihouse.berkeley.edu/applicants/
We cannot make the final Financial Aid awards without a social security number or an ITIN number (W-7 form).
Please plan to apply for your I-10 online at the IRS website ​prior to or immediately upon arriving ​ in the USA. (If you don't yet have a number, you are still welcome to apply for financial aid).
Please check with the Berkeley International Office (http://internationaloffice.berkeley.edu) 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: usfinaid@berkeley.edu or call 510-642-8676