faqs

I'm transferring classes from other from other institutions, and I need help.

Talk to your College or department. Most departments have dedicated staff to help advise you.

I received a department award, but I don't see it in my CalCentral account.

Before visiting us at CSC, go to your department. You can find departmental contact information on the Berkeley Academic Guide.

I’ve heard that if I’m receiving a fellowship, I need to complete the FAFSA. Is that true?

U.S. citizens and permanent resident students are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA, even if their fellowship is not need-based. Some private endowment and state funds that the Graduate Division administers have a need component, and the funds can be used for merit- based fellowships if students have financial need. Since the Graduate Division uses the FAFSA information to determine need eligibility, it is important for students to complete the FAFSA.

My fees are being paid by my department or covered by my academic appointment, but I do not see this in CalCentral. What do I do?

If included in your fellowship, registration fees and/or nonresident supplemental tuition will be credited directly to your CalCentral account. If your fees have not been paid, please contact your academic department.

Are taxes withheld from my fellowship? How do I file tax returns for fellowship income?

Although stipend awards are considered taxable income (and must be reported as such to the IRS by the recipient), federal taxes are not withheld for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Federal taxes will be withheld (at a rate of 14%) for international students who are not exempt on the basis of an applicable tax treaty. Additional information regarding the taxation of fellowship awards can be found on the IRS website (http://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch01.html).

As an international graduate student, do I have to submit any special forms before receiving my stipend?

If you are an international student, you are required to submit tax information to Payroll through GLACIER. You will need to provide a U.S. Taxpayer ID Number (i.e. SSN or ITIN). Stipend awards will not be disbursed until proper tax forms are submitted.

For information on GLACIER and the Taxpayer ID Number, please visit the Controller’s Office Web Page: http://controller.berkeley.edu/individual-taxpayer-id-number-itin-fellowship-recipients

I am expecting a fellowship stipend and have not received my payment. What’s required before payment is made?

First, check CalCentral. If you do not see the stipend award there, check with your department or source of funding.

Unless noted otherwise in your letter or notice of award, you may expect your stipend payment in late August for fall, late January for spring, and around mid-June for summer. NOTE: Stipend awards that are processed via the Department Student Aid System (DSAS) may have different pay dates.

What do I do if I plan to withdraw from UC Berkeley?

Occasionally students decide to discontinue their studies at Berkeley for a period of time (e.g. for a particular semester after that semester has begun). This is called a withdrawal. Students withdraw for many reasons: to work, travel, recover from an illness, attend to personal business, or find their true academic direction.

What types of financial aid am I eligible for under the California Dream Act, and how do I apply?

Visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships website to learn what your options are under the California Dream Act and if you qualify for an AB 540 nonresident tuition exemption. Also, view this message from Anne De Luca, former Associate Vice Chancellor for Admissions & Enrollment at UC Berkeley.

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