The Cal Veteran Services Center ensures that admitted UC Berkeley students understand how to successfully manage the transition, navigate the research university, and fully engage in the university experience. We are pleased to welcome and serve this growing and thriving community at Cal.
The minimum graduate admission requirements are:
- a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
- a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and
- enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.
Satisfying minimal standards, however, does not guarantee your admission, since the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of places available. As a result, many well-qualified applicants cannot be accommodated.
Many departments and groups have additional requirements, including the GRE, TOEFL score minimums, and GPA minimums. Please check the information provided by the department for additional requirements.
We encourage Veterans to file for financial aid if you will need additional aid during the academic year or while you are waiting for your VA educational benefits to arrive.
The Financial Aid and Scholarships
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office works closely with students to make a UC Berkeley education an affordable reality. At Berkeley, we are proud to say that nearly everyone is eligible for financial aid.
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office works closely with students to make an invaluable UC Berkeley education an affordable reality. At UC Berkeley, the majority of students receive some form of financial aid. Nearly two-thirds of undergraduate students qualify for financial aid.
UC Berkeley Veteran Services offers information related to the types of benefits, certification of benefits, contact information for dedicated support, and campus resources for students who have served in the military.
Eligibility for veteran’s educational benefits is determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), not by UC Berkeley. You may apply for veterans’ educational benefits online through Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP).
After you apply for benefits through the VA, please provide the following documentation to CAL Veteran Services. You may visit us in 120 Sproul Hall or send them via mail or fax, or email encrypted PDFs.
Download this Checklist for Initiating Benefits to help guide you through the process.
- Veteran Services Intake Form – All students
- Graduate Veterans Education Plan – Graduate students only
- This form must be approved by your advisor and submitted to Veteran Services before your enrollment can be certified to the VA for a second term.
- For undergraduates, the Degree Audit Report (DARS), available on Bear Facts under the Academic Records tab, serves as the education plan.
- Certificate of Eligibility (COE) – Chapters 30, 33 and 1607
- Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) – Chapter 1606
- Chapter 31 Authorization – Have your case manager send VA Form 22-1905 directly to our office at the address above.
- Change of Place of Training Form – Students who received benefits previously at another institution. VA Form 22-5495 for Chapter 35; or VA Form 22-1995 for all other Chapters.
To Receive VA Benefits at Cal You Must
- Apply for VA benefits through VONAPP
- Complete the process outlined above under Initiating Federal Veterans Benefits at Cal
- Enroll in courses
- Have UCB Veteran Services certify your enrollment and fees (if applicable) to the VA
- Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 students must verify their attendance every month either online via WAVE or by Interactive Voice Response at 877-823-2378.
"As a former veteran, I understand the needs of veterans, and have been clear - we will work together, stand together with the Administration, but we will also question their policies when they shortchange veterans and military retirees."
- Solomon Ortiz