Financing your degree
Managing your finances may seem like a daunting task, but below are resources that can help you.
Tuition for the UC Berkeley Online MPH program is $1,216 per unit, with a minimum of 42 units required to graduate. The total cost of the program is approximately $55,000, including campus fees*.
- *Campus fees apply to both U.S. citizens and international students
- *Document fee (first semester only): $95
- *Berkeley Campus fee (each semester): $728.25
You are responsible for additional costs including books, visas and travel expenses related to the program’s required on-campus visits. You are also required to own or have access to a personal computer. You may request a loan from the Financial Aid Office (FAO) to cover the computer cost.
School of Public Health Dean’s Health Equity & Leadership Award
The Dean’s Health Equity & Leadership Award provides multi-semester financial support for students enrolling in the Online MPH graduate program. Eligible students will demonstrate outstanding leadership and/or impact in one or more of the following areas: social justice, health equity, community service, and capacity building in the field of public health. This award will be extended to admitted students who demonstrate the need for financial support in order to fund their education. Students will be asked to submit a formal Request for Financial Support letter highlighting how the UC Berkeley Online MPH Degree will support their professional growth and increase impact in the field of Public Health. This aid will be spread across the 7 terms of the program.
The Dean’s Health Equity & Leadership Award: Request for Financial Support Submission Guidelines
Please address the following three topic areas in your Request for Financial Support:
Professional and Career goals in Public Health (150 words): Please include how the context of your academic and professional achievements to date inform your current professional and career goals. Consider barriers to or opportunities for advancement.
Capacity to work with diverse and underrepresented communities to promote health equity (200 words): Please provide an example of how you have worked with community to address an issue of importance to community members’ wellbeing or differential access to resources and opportunities. Please include in your example how you collaborated and communicated with community members, including your approach to responding to challenges that emerged during the process.
Public Health Impact (300 words): Describe how you envision your time in the Online MPH program will help build your leadership skills to respond to the public health needs of historically underrepresented populations, including an intent to address health disparities associated with racial and gender inequality, educational access and achievement, political engagement, economic justice, social mobility, civil and human rights, immigration status, inclusive and participatory public health practice and/or other questions of interest to historically underrepresented groups.
Any questions about this program may be directed to our Admissions Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dean’s Health Equity and Leadership award program provides up to $20,000.00 of financial support to students enrolled in the Online MPH program.
Please complete the Economic Background portion of your application and submit your scholarship request here.
Federal or private student loans are available. Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and noting UC Berkeley’s federal school code, 001312.
Financial Aid Tips
– File the FAFSA even if you are not sure you will need or want any aid from the FAO. You can decide later whether to accept aid for which you are eligible.
– Graduate students are considered independent; parent information should not be included on your FAFSA.
– Submit your FAFSA by the priority deadline to ensure timely processing and the best financial aid package, including work-study, Perkins and Parent Grants.
– Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for funds administered by the FAO.
Financial Aid decisions: In late April or May, the FAO will notify you about your award including information on disbursement of awards, how to make changes or appeals, and other options. You may also be asked to submit additional documents.
• UC Berkeley Graduate Fellowships & Awards: Application materials and deadlines for Berkeley Graduate Division awards.
• Fellowship and Grant Databases and Resources: A comprehensive list of national and international databases with information on various funding sources.
• Veterans Benefits: Determine your eligibility and award amount via the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or by contacting the VA at (888) 442-4551. Then, learn how to initiate your benefits at UC Berkeley by visiting the veteran student services page.
When it comes to financing your degree, one idea is obvious, but can be difficult—asking your employer for assistance. Clearly, your employer will benefit from your advanced training, but many companies don’t have a formal policy for tuition reimbursement, or if they do, it may be vague or not well communicated.
However, many students can and do receive financial assistance from employers, and there are a number of steps that help them secure it.
Tips on Requesting Employer Sponsorship for your Online MPH
1. Be sure you understand your company’s policies.
Look for any existing information on tuition reimbursement at your company—but don’t give up if you don’t find a formal policy. Your company may offer financial compensation for professional development or training, and that may apply to study in the UC Berkeley Online MPH program.
2. Know who makes the decision, and find an advocate.
You’ll likely need to approach and work with the person who makes this kind of financial decision at your company. If he or she doesn’t know you well, you’ll also want an advocate who can support your sponsorship request.
3. Prepare a strong case for MPH employer support.
Find out if anyone else in your organization has received compensation for an advanced degree or if other companies in your field help employees with educational goals. Other MPHs at your company—particularly those who have been through your particular program—may also be able to help or write a formal letter of support.
4. Underscore your impact at work.
This is not the time to be overly modest. Gather proof of your contributions and accomplishments over time to make clear your positive impact on the organization.
5. Highlight the ways MPH studies will bring value to your firm.
With all you’ve accomplished before earning your business degree (See #4), think what you could do during and after your studies. Give your employer a feel for this by outlining specifics of the curriculum to illustrate the skills you’ll gain in everything from leadership and strategy to finance and marketing.
6. Highlight the MPH program’s cross-pollination with other industries.
UC Berkeley Online MPH purposefully chooses each executive class to include students from a variety of industries and job functions. This yields a multitude of insights on strategy and innovation you might not be exposed to within your own industry.
7. Consider what else you might give in exchange.
Ensure that your conversation with the decision-maker isn’t only an “ask," but a negotiation aimed at meeting both party’s needs. For example, some employers agree to offer financial assistance in return for an employment contract specifying a length of time you will remain at the company.