Scholarships FAQs

Qualifying for a Scholarship

What scholarships do you offer to current Cal undergraduate students?
Learn more about: The Leadership Award
What scholarships do you offer to community college transfer students applying to UC Berkeley (i.e. prospective junior transfer Cal students)?
Learn more about: The Achievement Award Program, The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program, and 
The Leadership Award.
What scholarships do you offer to current Cal graduate students?
Unfortunately, we only have scholarships for undergraduate students. Visit the UC Berkeley Scholarship Connection for funding resources available to graduate students.
What does “prospective Cal student” mean?
You are a “prospective Cal student” if you are a high school senior or a junior transfer applying to UC Berkeley.
What does “incoming Cal student” mean?
You are an “incoming Cal student” if you are a prospective Cal student who declares a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to UC Berkeley (e.g. incoming freshman Cal student or incoming junior transfer Cal student). You can only receive our scholarship if you enroll at UC Berkeley.
How do I qualify for your scholarships?
Learn the eligibility requirements for: 
The Achievement Award Program, 
The Leadership Award and The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program.
What scholarships do you offer to high school seniors applying to UC Berkeley (i.e. prospective freshmen Cal students)?

The Achievement Award Program, 
The Leadership Award and The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program.
Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen or permanent U.S. resident to apply?
  • The Achievement Award Program

    No. You must have completed high-school, GED or community college transfer requirements in California, please note this is regardless of immigration status.

  • The Leadership Award

    No. There are no residency requirements for this award.

  • The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program 


    No. You must have completed high-school, GED or community college transfer requirements in California, please note this is regardless of immigration status.

Applying for a Scholarship

Should I include letters of recommendation?
No. We cannot consider any additional materials (e.g. letters of recommendation, transcripts, resumes, videos, etc.).
Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
Yes. You must submit a separate application for each scholarship you qualify for. The application for The Achievement Award and The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship are the same. Please make sure you check that you are applying for both scholarships if you qualify for both.
Can I receive more than one scholarship?
Yes, provided you meet the eligiblity and program requirements for each scholarship. If you meet the eligibility and program requirements for The Achievement Award Program and the Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program, you can only receive ONE. Students can receive The Leadership Award and either The Achievement Award or the Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship.
What income should I include in the application for The Achievement Award Program and the Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program?
The income you report on your application should match what you reported on your FAFSA. If you are not eligible to complete a FAFSA, please report your total income as stated on your UC application:
  • If you are a dependent student, enter the sum of your gross income and that of your parent(s) gross income. Use the gross income reported for the previous tax year.
  • If you are an independent student, enter the sum of your gross income and your spouse’s gross income. Use the gross income reported for the previous tax year.
How do I determine if I’m a dependent or independent student?
Use the FAFSA Dependency Status Worksheet.
When can I apply?
Learn the eligibility requirements for: 
The Achievement Award Program, 
The Leadership Award and The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program.
How do I apply?
Applications are only available online. No post-mailed, emailed, or faxed applications will be accepted. 
Learn more on how to apply for: 
The Achievement Award Program, 
The Leadership Award and The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program.
When are applications due?
The following deadlines are final. There are absolutely no exceptions. See deadlines for: 
The Achievement Award Program, 
The Leadership Award and The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program.
I am applying for The Leadership Award, and I am an international student. I do not live in the U.S., Hong Kong, or London. Will I have to travel to one of these areas if I am selected for an interview?
International students who are invited to interview for The Leadership Award will either have an in-person interview with a panel of alums in their city or a Skype interview will be arranged.
I forgot my password — how can I log in to my account?
Be sure that you are using the email address that you used when you initially setup the account. To reset your password, click “Reset my password” and enter your email address. If you do not receive an email to reset your password within 30 minutes, please email scholarships@alumni.berkeley.edu.
I noticed a mistake on my application after submitting — can I resubmit?
Once submitted, all applications are considered final, and we cannot accept changes. In the event that identifying information such as your name, UC ID, SID, or birthdate is incorrect, please contact us at scholarships@alumni.berkeley.edu to correct the issue.

Receiving a Scholarship

How are students selected for your scholarships?
Applications are anonymously read and scored by multiple alumni volunteers. Finalists are then invited to an interview with a panel of alumni volunteers. Applicants that best fulfill the selection criteria are then selected to receive the scholarship.
What other benefits will I get as a scholar?
Learn more about benefits of being a scholar: 
The Achievement Award Program, 
The Leadership Award and The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program.
What happened to the Equity Scholarship?
The Equity Scholarship has transformed into a bigger and more impactful scholarship program named The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program (KASP) in recognition of a legacy commitment made by Cal alumnus, local business and community leader, Theodore (Ted) H. Kruttschnitt ’64. Learn more about: The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program
Do I need to report my scholarship to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office?
  • The Achievement Award Program and The Leadership Award

    No. We report your award information directly to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will send you an updated Financial Aid Package and you may need to “accept” the award through your online financial aid account.

  • The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program

    You will need to notify the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office of your award.

Can I apply my award to summer school tuition?
CAA Alumni Scholarship recipients do not receive funding for summer school.
What if I plan to study abroad?
If you plan to study abroad through EAP, your award will be submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and then be applied to your account.
If you plan to study abroad through a non-EAP program, you will need to sign a consortium agreement with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and notify CAA Alumni Scholarships of your plans.
What if I need to take a medical leave of absence?
You will need to notify the CAA Alumni Scholarships office of your withdrawal. Your scholarship will be deferred in accordance with the policies and expectations of the Office of the Registrar and the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.
What if I graduate early? What if I am not enrolled for the full academic year?
Forfeiture of Awards: In order to receive all scholarship award funds, students must be enrolled during the applicable academic year for both semesters. If a student fails to enroll for the fall or spring semester by the first day of classes of that semester, his/her scholarship funds for that semester are forfeited and will be given to another qualifying scholarship applicant. If a student withdraws for a semester, the award funds for that semester can only be deferred if the student’s withdrawal was University-approved (e.g. medical reason). If a student chooses to study abroad through the University of California Education Abroad Program (EAP), funds will be disbursed as usual through the CalCentral. If a student chooses to study abroad with a non-UC-affiliated program, the terms of the scholarship are subject to the campus Consortium Study Agreement Program (see What if I plan to study abroad?.
When will I be notified if I was selected to receive your scholarships?
Learn about the application process for: 
The Achievement Award Program, 
The Leadership Award and 
The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program.
How much aid is awarded for a scholarship?
Learn how much aid is awarded for: 
The Achievement Award Program, 
The Leadership Award and 
The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program.
If I am not chosen to receive your scholarship, can I re-apply next year?
  • The Achievement Award Program

    No. The Achievement Award Program only accepts applications from incoming Cal students.

  • The Leadership Award

    Yes. You can apply for the Leadership Award the next academic year as a current Cal student.

  • The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program

    No. 
The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program only accepts applications from incoming Cal students.

Do your scholarships renew?
  • The Achievement Award Program is renewable, provided recipients meet the following program requirements.
  • The Leadership Award is not renewable. Students must apply for the scholarship every academic year.
  • The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program is renewable, provided recipients meet the following program requirements.
Why did the name of my scholarship change in CalCentral? Am I still a recipient of The Leadership Award/The Achievement Award Program/The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program?
The Leadership Award, The Achievement Award Program, and The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program are comprised of various funds that in some cases have particular restrictions. When your scholarship becomes a named award in CalCentral that means it has gone through our scholarship matching program and based on certain criteria you were eligible for that particular fund, the name of which you now see in your financial aid profile. Regardless of the name of the scholarship displayed in CalCentral, you are still considered a CAA Alumni Scholar with all the benefits.
What if I need to defer my award?
If a student withdraws for a semester(s), the award funds can only be deferred if the student’s withdrawal is University-approved (e.g. medical reason); in such cases, the scholarship will be deferred in accordance with the policies and expectations of the Office of the Registrar. Please contact scholarships@alumni.berkeley.edu if you choose to withdraw for a semester.
How are awards paid during the year?

The Achievement Award Program will be disbursed in two installments - half for the fall semester and half for the spring semester through the CalCentral Finances.


The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program will be disbursed in two installments - half for the fall semester and half for the spring semester through the Cal Alumni Association.


The Leadership Award will be disbursed in one installment for the fall semester through the CalCentral Finances.

Is my scholarship processed differently if I am an international student?
Yes. As an international student, your scholarship is considered income. This means you must complete a GLACIER Tax Record. For more information, please contact glacieradmin@berkeley.edu or visit http://controller.berkeley.edu/glacier-tax-compliance-system.

Supporting a Scholarship

I am a Cal alum. What volunteer opportunities are available?
Learn about volunteering for our scholarships programs »
I am a Cal alum. How do I make a gift?
Learn how to make a gift »

Submitting an Online Application

Why am I having trouble submitting my online application?
Many students are applying to our scholarships simultaneously. Our best advice is that you submit your application early to avoid service disruptions due to high traffic. You may consider submitting your application in the early morning or late evening to avoid periods of high web traffic. Please note that there are no exceptions to the application deadline.
What’s my UC Application ID number and how do I find it?
Your UC Application ID is a 7-digit number that uniquely identifies you within the UC applicant system. Unfortunately, Berkeley cannot provide application ID numbers. However, there are three ways for you to find your Application ID:
  1. View your PATHWAYS receipt: 
If you submitted your application via the University of California website, you should have seen a screen displaying this information.
  2. View Undergraduate Application Acknowledgment: 
This information can be found in the upper right-hand side of the UC acknowledgement letter you received in the mail.
  3. Contact UC Application Processing Center
    In California 800.207.1710
    Outside California 310.513.2715
    Email ucinfo@applyucsupport.net