Reduced Fee Enrollment Program


A regular status employee who meets the admission requirements of the University is eligible for two-thirds reduction of both the University Registration Fee and the Educational Fee when enrolled in regular session courses of up to nine units or three courses per quarter or semester, whichever provides the greater benefit to the employee.  Full fees will be assessed when an eligible employee's enrollment exceeds both nine units and three courses.

Covered University Programs

Most Berkeley campus undergraduate, graduate, and MBA programs. Some self-funded and professional programs may not be covered; applicants are advised to check with the program.

The policy does not apply to the following programs: UC Berkeley Extension, Boalt School of Law, summer session classes, The Executive MBA Program, The Evening & Weekend MBA Program, Masters in Public Health (online program), Masters of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS), Masters of Information and Data Science Program (MIDS), or the Masters in Financial Engineering programs. (However, staff can receive a 10% discount on one course per term at UC Berkeley Extension; More information about UC Extension discounts or application.)

Class/Unit Maximum/Registration Deadline

Reduced fee enrollment covers no more than 9 (nine) units, or 3 (three) classes, whichever is greater. The program applies only to regular session courses. Pre-candidacy studies, summer session, or enrollment without units are not covered.

Your application should be submitted and received by People & Culture no later than the first 5 weeks of the new semester. Retroactive applications will not be processed.

Reduction Amount

Each semester you are eligible, you receive a two-thirds (2/3) reduction off the registration and educational fees.

Questions and Answers

Is there a limit to the number of semesters employees can take advantage of this program?

No. You may receive a reduction for each semester that you are eligible for.

Is release time covered by this program?

No. Release time, if necessary, must be negotiated between you and your supervisor.

What do I need to do to participate in this program?

  • If you are not already enrolled as a student, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission or Graduate Division Admission for University application procedures.
  • After receiving confirmation of your admission, fill out the Reduced Fee Enrollment Form (PDF).
  • Email (, fax (2-2888), or mail the application to People & Culture, 2850 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705 no later than the first 5 weeks of the new semester. Retroactive applications will not be processed.
  • People & Culture will verify your eligibility and forward the authorization to Student Accounting for the fee reduction.

Note: Once you are accepted into the program, you are responsible for submitting an application for each eligible semester in which you are enrolled.

Are there other ways to take classes on the Berkeley campus?

Yes. Contact University Extension for information on the Concurrent Enrollment Program (642-4111). The program allows you to take regular semester courses without having to go through the formal Berkeley campus admissions procedures. (Note: any fees associated are NOT covered under the Fee Reduction Program.)

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