Yeah, things are really weird in the US.
I was accepted at UBC in Vancouver with full tuition covered and $30K for four years, without the need of RAship or TAship, which can obviously occur as a plus.
On the other hand, UCLA offered a very modest financial package, with some stipend for the first two years and only a promise of RA and TA for the third and fourth years.
People here in Canada do not believe that a university as big as UCLA cannot offer a better financial package for their PhD students.
But, regarding UC Berkeley, did you apply for Health Policy?
When did they send you an email?
I called them on Monday and they said they would be releasing the admission results this week. Apparently this week is over, tomorrow is a statutory holiday, so
It is the only department that hasn't contacted me yet at all. This is really frustrating.
The deadline for making a decision is coming soon...
Thanks! And good luck on your applications.