Become a Miller Scholar

The 2017-18 SSS/Miller application period is now closed.
The deadline to apply was Friday, June 2, 2017. This was a joint application for both the SSS Program and the George A. Miller Scholars Program (although you may choose to apply to just one or the other). Please note that transfer students are only able to apply in their first year when transferring to UC Berkeley. If you applied, you will hear back from us by early July.

Students are selected based on their academic research, commitment to community service, and leadership potential. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Bradford at:

The SSS program provides academic advisement, courses bearing credit, and academic mentoring for transfer students who are either low-income and/or first-generation

The Miller Scholars program includes all of the SSS services, and in addition, it is a rigorous academic research and/or community service program, with a stipend of $ 8,000 over two years. The Miller Scholars Program is intended for students who are both low-income and first-generation, and transfer students.

Eligibility Checklist
Eligibility Checklist for both the SSS and Miller Scholars Programs
  • Are you considered low-income?
  • Are you a first generation college student? (The US Department of Education defines first-generation college student as a student who, prior to age 18, did not reside with or receive primary support from, a parent who has received a B.A. degree or its equivalent.)
  • For the SSS program, you must be either a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States (or otherwise eligible for Federal Financial Aid).
  • Dream Act-eligible students may apply for the Miller Scholars Program.
Additional Requirements
Additional Requirements for 2017 Miller Applicants
  • You must be transferring to UC Berkeley from a California community college during Fall, 2017.
  • During the summer of 2018, you must be available to spend approximately 20 hours per week on your research or community service project and attend a weekly seminar.
  • You must be willing and able to attend a weekly seminar each semester of the two-year program (Fall, 2017-Spring, 2019). For the 2017-2018 academic year, the Miller Scholars Seminar will be held on Fridays, 2-4 PM.
Financial Requirements
**How to determine if you are considered low-income:
  • If you are considered independent on your taxes, you are considered low-income if your taxable income is less than the amount shown on the table below for your family size.
  • If you are dependent, you are considered low-income if the combined taxable income of you and your parents are less than the amount shown on the table below for your family size.
  • Note: Taxable Income can be found on line 43 in form 1040; line 27 in 1040A; line 6 in 1040EZ.
  • (Low income guidelines in table below from Dept. of Education are effective from January 31, 2017, until further notice)
Low income guidelines
Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions Alaska Hawaii
1 $18,090 $22,590 $20,790
2 $24,360 $30,435 $28,005
3 $30,630 $38,280 $35,220>
4 $36,900 $46,125 $42,435
5 $43,170 $53,970 $49,650
6 $49,440 $61,815 $56,865
7 $55,710 $69,660 $64,080
8 $61,980 $77,505 $71,295