Fall is Free

Join the BCC Community for Free. Zero fees for every student enrolled at Berkeley City College for Fall 2023.*

Students must apply and enroll at Berkeley City College and complete the appropriate financial aid application. Follow the steps below to enroll! (Students do not need to qualify for financial aid to receive free fees.)  

  1. Apply

Complete Fall 2023 Admissions Application*. (Skip this step if you have attended BCC in the last 12 months.)

  1. Financial Aid Application

Complete the FAFSA, CADAA or California Promise Grant Application* or speak to a Financial Aid Specialist email: bcc-finaid@peralta.edu phone: 510-981-2941

  1. Register

Register for Fall 2023 classes in Campus Solutions.
Priority Registration begins April 10, 2023 – Click here and choose “Enrollment Dates Fall 2023” to see if you qualify for Priority Registration.

Open Enrollment begins April 17, 2022.
Classes start August 21, 2023.
The last day to add a class is August 27, 2023.


All Eligible BCC Students
Six Units at Berkeley City College
Free Weekly Meals
Free AC Transit Pass

**Students must apply to qualify for these benefits. Contact us at (510) 981-2800 or send us an email: bcc-basicneeds@peralta.edu.
For any questions about financial aid or FAFSA please email bcc-finaid@peralta.edu or call: 510-981-2941

Questions? Scroll down to our list of Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at: (510) 981-2800 or send us an email: bccambassadors@peralta.edu.

Who qualifies for zero fees for Fall 2023?

  • First Time College Students
  • Currently Enrolled Students
  • Returning Students
  • Recreational Learners
  • Workers Seeking Career Training
  • English Language Learners
  • Dual Enrollment High School students are eligible.
  • Students must identify Berkeley City College as their home campus on their FAFSA
  • In state and non-international Students

Fall is Free at BCC Costs Covered

Cost Per Unit $46.00
Campus Center Fee $2.00
Student Center Fee $2.00
Health Center Fee $23.00
AC Transit $46.46

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to Berkeley City College?

Open a CCC account and submit an application. BCC will receive your application electronically and send updates to your @peralta.edu email account. Skip this step if you are a returning student who has attended BCC in the last 12 months.

I don’t think I qualify for financial aid. Should I apply?

Yes, completion of a financial aid application is required to participate in the zero fees program.

Which financial aid application should I complete?

  • FAFSA: If you are a citizen, or legal permanent resident complete a 23/24 FAFSA.
  • CADAA: If you are an AB540/SB 68 eligible student who is undocumented, DACAmented, a U Visa holder or TPS holder  
    complete a 23/24 CADAA
  • CALIFORNIA COLLEGE PROMISE GRANT: If you are a California resident, AB540 or AB1899 eligible student or homeless youth as determined by the BCC Financial Aid office complete a 23/24 CCPG application.

How many units can I take for free in Fall 2023?

There is no required number of units for zero fees courses for Fall 2023.

What if I already paid tuition and fees for the Fall 2023 semester?

Students who qualify for Fall is Free at BCC will be reimbursed through Bank Mobile or receive a check at the mailing address in Campus Solutions. We encourage students to sign up for Bank Mobile so the funds can be directly deposited into your bank account.

I am a high school student. Do I qualify for zero fees?

Yes. Dual Enrollment students, high school students who are concurrently enrolled at BCC, are eligible for zero fees for Fall 2023.

Do I have to be a citizen to qualify for zero fees?

No. There is no citizenship requirement for participation in the zero fees program. Out of state and international students are not eligible.

Is the college course material fee “free” as part of the zero fees program?


I’ve registered for free Fall 2023 courses. Why do I see a balance due on my account?

Students will see a balance due on their account until it has been verified that they have completed the required financial aid application(s) to qualify for free tuition. Once verified, the account balance will be waived. Payment is not required to register for classes, however, if you do not submit a completed financial aid application by October 1st, 2023, you will be responsible for any outstanding tuition or fees for the Fall 2023 semester. (All students are eligible to receive zero student fees. Students do not have to qualify to receive financial aid to qualify for zero student fees.)

How can I receive an AC Transit pass?

You must be enrolled in at least 6 units to receive an AC Transit pass. Once you’re enrolled in 6 units, please take your photo at the Berkeley City College Welcome Desk located on the first floor. You will then be able to pick up your AC Transit pass at the Cashier’s Office in 10 business days.

* Program restrictions: BCC free zero fees campaign applies to Fall 2023 enrollment only (includes late start courses). A CCC Application and a 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a 2023-2024 California Dream Act Application (CADAA) with an official Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is required. Mandatory student fees are paid under the program.