Get a Maker Pass

January 11, 2022 | 11:52 am

Available to all UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff from any department, the Maker Pass is a point of entry to hands-on making in Jacobs Hall and the CITRIS Invention Lab.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does a Maker Pass cost? What if I can’t afford it?

A: To see rates and options for Maker Passes, please click on the “Get Started” button above. We offer full and partial fee waivers to students based on financial need. Fee waiver eligibility is determined during the sign-up process.

Type Semesterly Rate Payment Methods
Jacobs Affiliated Class/DeCal or Community Maker Pass $100 Bill to CalCentral or check
Research $250 Chartstring
Club $50 Must be paid via club funds

Q: Why is there a fee to use the Jacobs Hall and CITRIS Invention Lab makerspaces, and what does it pay for?

A: The costs to operate the Jacobs Hall and CITRIS Invention Lab makerspaces include equipment maintenance, replacement, and improvements, staff salaries, and consumables. Maker Pass fees contribute less than 20% of the operating budget; the majority of our funding comes from private and industry philanthropy. We are grateful for this support, which enables us to heavily subsidize the cost of Maker Pass access for our community.

Q: What is the Community Maker Pass?

A: The Community Maker Pass is available by application to all current UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty who do not already qualify for a Maker Pass through other means. The Jacobs Institute reserves Community Maker Passes for individuals who can positively contribute to our community through their interests, backgrounds, projects, and attitudes. We intend for Community Maker Pass holders to reflect the diversity of interests and backgrounds in the Berkeley community and foster an inclusive design community, and encourage students from underrepresented or nontraditional backgrounds to apply.

Q: How can I learn more about the makerspace before I get a Maker Pass?

A: We offer weekly drop-in tours to students and the general public. You can also learn more by browsing a list of our equipment, reading about Maker Pass resources, contacting our advising team, or visiting during one of our occasional open house events, which are announced on our news and events page.

Q: How do I know if I have an active Maker Pass?

A: Our online tool will show you if there are any steps you still need to complete. When all steps show complete, access will be activated on your Cal 1 Card in two business days.

Q: Where can I find other making facilities on campus? 

A: Browse a map of on-campus and nearby making facilities, some of which do not require a fee. Each facility has its own policies; visit their websites to learn more. 

Q: Do you offer public or alumni access?

A: Unfortunately we are not able to offer public or alumni access. For other fabrication resources, check out this map of local makerspaces.

Jacobs Institute and CITRIS Invention Lab staff reserve the right to revoke Maker Passes as they see fit due to violations of safety, building or university rules, policies, and procedures.