Eligibility

Want to find out if you are eligible right now?  

More detail:

The Haas Scholars Program is open to undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, who meet the following criteria:

  • are expecting to graduate in Fall 2021 or Spring/Summer 2022
  • are eligible to receive need-based financial aid
  • have maintained a Berkeley GPA of 3.5 or above
  • have a sincere commitment and ability to be part of an interdisciplinary senior capstone experience and build a mutually supportive cohort

Regarding your GPA–we round up from 3.450 –firm cutoff — and we look at your UCB GPA as of the application deadline. Students with pending “I” grades on their record are strongly encouraged to finish the incomplete work by the application deadline, as failure to do will work against you in the selection process.

Regarding need-based financial aid–this aid does not need to be from the US government.

For US Citizens, permanent residents, and AB540 students: If you are eligible for need-based aid for the 21-22 academic year according to the assessment done by the UC Berkeley Financial Aid Office, with an Estimated Family Contribution of less than $26,000, you are eligible.  You can find your EFC on the “$ My Finances” –>View Awards screen on your profile on calcentral.berkeley.edu.   If in doubt, ask the Program Manager, Leah Carroll, to check your financial aid screen, or send a pdf of the screen showing your EFC.  

International students (F-1, J-1, and other international students not eligible for US financial aid):   In order to determine eligibility, international students must complete the BIO International Student Need Assessment by February 1, 2021 (earlier is better).   BIO will notify the Haas Scholars program of the outcome of your need assessment and we will contact you to confirm whether you are eligible to apply.  While you await the results of assessment, I will advise you on your application and help you find additional funding sources to apply to.