Entering Student Registration & Financial Aid Information

The information on this page applies to the 2016-17 academic year and is intended for entering 1st year and transfer J.D. students. It is crucial that you read and understand at least the starred (*) items in order for your registration to proceed smoothly.

 

 

CalCentral

CalCentral allows you to take care of key university business all in one place. Use this portal to

  • View and Accept Financial Aid
  • View Registration, Enrollment
  • Pay Your Tuition and Fees
  • Sign Up for the Tuition and Fee Payment Plan
  • Get Funds Fast – Sign Up for EFT
  • Identify Tasks and Holds

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Becoming a Registered Student

In order to become a registered student, you must pay your fall semester fees by the August 19th deadline. If you are using financial aid to pay your fees, you must have:

If you do not pay your fees and become a registered student by August 19th, you will still be able to enroll in classes. However, a late registration fee of $150 is charged to all students who are not officially registered by Friday of the third week of instruction. You will also be charged a late fee at that time unless you have enrolled in the Tuition and Fee Payment Plan (FPP).

 

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Using Financial Aid to Pay Fees

If you have completed all of the financial aid requirements for entering students on time, your financial aid should be applied directly to your fees bill by the fees deadline. Any remaining financial aid will be directed to you in the form of a refund (see below).

Note to Visiting Students: If you intend to use financial aid, it must be administered by your home law school. Please request that your home law school financial aid office contact the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office to make arrangements.

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Fee & Tuition Information

Berkeley Law’s estimated Fees and Cost of Attendance can be found on the Fees and Cost of Attendance page. Actual tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year will be published when available, typically in early July. U.C. Berkeley campus fee information can be found on the Registration Fees page.

All eligible registered students are automatically enrolled in the Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and charged a health insurance fee. Please see below for more information on the SHIP, including options for waiving this fee.

Until the Residency Office determines that you are a California resident for tuition purposes, the University will charge and expect you to pay non-resident tuition.  You should submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) online based on the instructions given to you by the Admissions Office. (See “Residency Status” for more information)

 

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Receiving a Financial Aid Refund

If you have met all of the financial aid requirements, the fall portion of your financial aid awards will be applied directly to your fees bill. Once your fees and other outstanding charges are paid, the balance of any remaining fall semester funds will be disbursed directly to you. The earliest that refunds will be available is the first day of instruction; please plan accordingly.

The campus requires students to authorize EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) for refunds to be deposited directly into a personal checking or savings bank account. If you have not already done so, you should submit your EFT authorization immediately. If you do not authorize Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), you will need to pick up your refund check at the Cal Student Central office in 120 Sproul Hall. We strongly encourage students to authorize EFT to avoid waiting in long lines.

 

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Residency Status

Until the Office of the Registrar determines that you are a California resident for tuition purposes, the University will charge and expect you to pay non-resident tuition.  You should submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) online through CalCentral. Questions about eligibility for California residency should be directed to the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar can be contacted by phone, or by submitting an inquiry through Cal Student Central.

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Private Educational Loans

If you are a private educational loan borrower, your loan funds will be applied to your fees bills once funds are received from the lender.  Typically, the lender will send two electronic payments during the academic year — one for the fall and one for the spring semester.  As with other educational loans, once your fees bill is paid in full, the remaining funds will be released to you as a refund.  We estimate that you will need to complete the private educational loan process by July 15 to receive these funds as part of your financial aid refund in late August.

Please notify Berkeley Law’s financial aid office if you intend to borrow a private educational loan for the upcoming academic year to ensure that the loan is certified in a timely manner.

 

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Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Waivers

You may request a SHIP waiver if you have other comparable coverage. The deadline to submit the waiver is July 15 preceding each academic year.  SHIP waivers must be requested each year. Visit the SHIP website and review the SHIP Waiver FAQs for more information.

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Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request

The total amount of financial aid you are offered cannot exceed your Cost of Attendance, also known as a student budget. As an entering student, you may want to have your student budget increased to account for items that are not automatically included in your Cost of Attendance, such as relocation or computer purchase expenses. In turn, this could increase your student loan eligibility. You may schedule an appointment with Berkeley Law’s Financial Aid Office to obtain the Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request form, which becomes available in September after instruction begins

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Students Chosen For FAFSA Verification

After completing a FAFSA, you may be asked to submit verification documents to confirm your eligibility for federal student aid. It is in your best interest to submit requested information as soon as possible. View any requested information through CalCentral

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Student Loan Deferments

Typically, your federal loan service should receive your fall semester enrollment information in a timely manner through Berkeley’s use of the National Student Loan Clearinghouse.  This is done automatically for entering students. Contact the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office if you are in repayment and need to send a deferment form to your lender.

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Financial Literacy Education

In order to help you learn how to manage your finances while attending Berkeley Law and afterward, we suggest you consult the financial-literacy page.

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Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

Berkeley Law maintains a strong commitment to public service-oriented graduates, and it is our goal to preserve career choice by removing the student debt barrier. Visit Berkeley Law’s LRAP page for information about eligibility and procedures. If you intend to pursue a career in public interest after graduation, we strongly encourage you to meet with an LRAP advisor prior to or during your first year at Berkeley Law. Meeting with an LRAP advisor is a requirement for participation in the LRAP program after graduation. Schedule an appointment here.

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Staying Informed

Be sure to check Cal Student Central for deadlines, tasks, and holds. The Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office will occasionally e-mail you important announcements and events, so it’s also important to check your e-mail.

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Office Hours and Contact Information

If you have financial aid questions or need assistance, please contact us at financial-aid-law@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-1563.

If you have specific questions regarding the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), please email us at lrap-law@berkeley.edu.

Our office is located at 226 Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720-7220.  Please schedule an appointment, or call us in advance if you plan to drop-in.

We are open Monday-Friday, 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00

 

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