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Summer Aid

Summer financial aid is available to eligible UC Berkeley students enrolled in Summer Session, including newly admitted students. 

To be considered for financial aid, you must meet these basic eligiblity requirements: 

  • Submit a 2017-18 FAFSA or California Dream Act application by June 1, 2018; 

  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 units for summer; 

  • Be a continuing Undergraduate or Graduate student making Satisfactory Academic Progress with a complete financial aid file who was not dismissed in Fall or Spring semesters; OR

  • Be a newly admitted Undergraduate or Graduate student for the upcoming Fall semester and have a complete financial aid file by June 30; OR

  • Be a returning Undergraduate or Graduate student who has been re-admitted to the upcoming fall semester and has maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress;

  • Graduating seniors not on the Spring 2018 degree list;

  • Students who are NOT on the degree list but who have completed all degree and major requirements are ineligible for financial aid for Summer 2018.  

Applying

There is no separate application needed to apply for summer financial aid.  

Summer awarding will begin in late March. If you are an eligible, continuing student enrolled in a minimum of 6 units, your summer financial aid will be available for you to view in Cal Central within 3-5 business days. You can view and accept/decline your summer awards in Cal Central once awarding begins.  

If you are a newly admitted student for fall 2018, you must have a complete 2017-18 FAFSA or 2017-18 California Dream Application on file. When we have your aid application and you are enrolled in 6 or more units, we can award you aid. 

Review the Summer Aid Frequently Asked Questions for more information and to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in summer. 

Important Dates and Deadlines

Summer financial aid awards are disbursed no earlier than 10 days before the start of your first session.

The deadline to accept your summer financial aid offer is 2 weeks before your program ends and no later than July 27, 2018. 

We will start awading summer financial aid to eligible students begining in late March. Be sure to enroll in 6 or more units (does not include waitlisted classes) and check  CalCentral . 


Important Dates and Deadlines

April 2 Intercampus Application For Summer Aid is available.
May 21 First day to apply for an Emergency Loan for summer.
June 1 Priority deadline for ALL STUDENTS to submit a 2017-18 FAFSA or the 2017-18 California Dream Application to be considered for summer financial aid. 
June 15 Priority deadline to accept all loans, submit a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan or a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan request and/ or complete any Subsidized or Unsubsidized  Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note or Entrance Counseling form for Session A only students to ensure disbursement before Summer Session A ends.
June 22 Deadline to submit an Intercampus Application for Summer Financial Aid. *If your specific Summer Intercampus session ends prior to June 22, the Intercampus Application must be submitted at least two weeks prior to your session end date to ensure processing. 
June 30 Last day to submit or make corrections to a 2017-18 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application
July 20 Deadline to enroll in classes to receive summer financial aid. 
July 20 Deadline to submit Student Child Care Expense Appeal if you are in any session other than Session A or in any combination of sessions. Student parents only.
July 27 Priority deadline to accept all loans, submit a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan or a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan request and/ or complete any Subsidized or Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note or Entrance Counseling form for any sessions ending August 10, 2018 to ensure disbursement before the end of the session.​
August 10 Last day to apply for an Emergency Loan for summer.

Types of Summer Aid

Gift Aid

UC Summer Fee Grant 

Qualifying undergraduate students may be eligible for a UC Summer Fee Grant.  UC Summer Fee Grant eligibility is based on the number of units in which you are enrolled and your financial need as determined by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your 2017-18 FAFSA.  UC Summer Fee Grants are fee paying awards and only apply towards your course and campus fees.  NOTE: Summer Fee Grant eligibility is based on the availability of funds at the time of awarding. If Summer Fee Grant funds are exhausted, you may not be awarded a Fee Grant, even if you meet eligibility requirements. 

The UC Summer Fee Grant is a need-based grant that will be applied to your per-unit tuition costs and your campus fee. You can receive the UC Summer Fee Grant if you study: 

  • At Berkeley; 

  • Abroad through an EAP program; 

  • Abroad through a Berkeley Travel Abroad Program; and

  • At another UC campus in summer

To determine how much UC Summer Fee Grant you may receive, compare your official 2017-18 Berkeley Parent Contribution (which can be found in the MyFinances section in CalCentral) to the chart below. 

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Maximum UC Summer Fee Grant*
$0 to $5,328 $3,284 (up to 7 units) 
$5,329 to $9,999 $2,863 (up to 6 units) 
$10,000 and above $1,500 

Summer Parent Grant 

Undergraduate student-parents may be eligible for a Summer Parent Grant. The maximum amount of Summer Parent Grant for summer 2018 is $3,300. The amount you receive may be less, depending on your financial need and your cost of attendance. Unlike in the academic year, the Summer Parent Grant will disburse all at once, around 10 days before the start of the first session in which you are enrolled. 

While the maximum amount of Summer Parent Grant is $3,300, you may receive less if your other awards are helping to meet your cost of attendance. There are not cost of attendance adjustments done in summer, however, you can file a Summer Childcare Expense Appeal form to help with expenses related to summer childcare. 

Summer Pell Grant 

Pell Grants are available to students during the summer. Award amounts are based on the Expected Family Contribution from your 2017-18 FAFSA and the number of units in which you enroll. 

Graduate Students

We encourage graduate students to contact the Graduate Division or their academic department with questions about fellowships, departmental awards, fee waivers, and fee remissions. 


Loans

Federal Direct Loans

If you did not accept the maximum amount of Federal Direct Loans in the 2017-18 academic year and you are enrolled in at least 6 units for summer, you may be offered Federal Direct Loans for summer. Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan amounts are based on whatever remaining eligibility you have leftover from the academic year. If eligible, they will be included in your summer award package. 

Federal Direct PLUS Loan 

If your parents had a PLUS loan during the academic year, and want to borrow a PLUS loan during the summer, a new application is required. A new application can be completed online at studentloans.gov

For Graduate students, you will be offered a PLUS loan as part of your summer financial aid awards, if eligible. The loan can then be accepted on Cal Central, just like in the academic year.  

Undergraduate students and their parents should visit the Parent PLUS Loan web page and graduate students should visit the Grad PLUS Loan web page for more information.

Berkeley Loans 

If you received a Berkeley Loan during the 2017-18 academic year and are enrolled in at least 6 units for summer, you may qualify for an additional Berkeley Loan for summer. Visit the Berkeley Loan page for more information about the loan, including repayment terms and loan requirements. 

Summer Session Loans 

If you qualify for a  Middle Class Access Plan (MCAP) award or received a paid Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) AND are enrolled in at least 6 units in any single UC Berkeley Summer Session or combination of sessions, Berkeley Study Abroad program, or Education Abroad Program, you may qualify for a Summer Session Loan. Summer Session Loan will not be available for students enrolled through the Summer Intercampus program. Visit the Summer Sessions Loan page for more information about the loan, including repayment terms and loan requirements. 


Work-Study

Work-study awards from your 2017-18 award package cannot be earned after the Spring 2018 semester ends. If you have Work-Study as part of your 2018-19 award package, you may begin earning these funds beginning July 1, 2018. Work-Study must be included in your 2018-19 financial aid offer and your financial aid file must be complete. The work-study money you earn over the summer (beginning July 1, 2018) will be deducted from your 2018-19 work-study award. Keep in mind- the more you work in Summer, the less you have to use towards your 2018-19 educational expenses. 

There is no option to convert summer loans to work-study. Work-study is not available as part of your summer aid package. For additional work-study requirements, please review the Work-Study Frequently Asked Questions


To find out more information about summer, including important dates, deadlines, and to get answers to frequently asked questions, visit our  Summer Aid Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Special Summer Session Programs

Summer Bridge

Financial aid is available to newly admitted Bridge Scholars who take courses in the summer.

If you are a Summer Bridge Scholar, your financial aid application process is identical to that of a newly admitted student. Simply follow the steps below: 

Complete both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than May 1, 2018, and include UC Berkeley's federal school code (001312) on the applications. Dream Act students should complete both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 California Dream Act Application no later than May 1, 2018 and include UC Berkeley's federal school code (001312) on the applications.

Check the My Finances section of Cal Central for Messages and Required Documents for summer 2018 and fall 2018. Follow the instructions and submit any required documents as soon as possible. Students with incomplete files will not be awarded financial aid until we have everything we need to determine eligibility.

Follow all instructions provided by the Summer Bridge staff. Check with the Summer Bridge staff for summer program related questions.

Studying Abroad

There are two ways you can study abroad at Berkeley during summer. 

If you plan to travel with the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP), you will want to visit the EAP website for financial aid information, and read our page about receiving summer financial aid for an EAP Program

If you plan to participate in the Summer Abroad Program, read our page about receiving summer financial aid for a Summer Abroad Program.

If you plan to participate in the Global Internship Program, read our page about receiving financial aid for a Global Internship Program

Studying at Another UC Campus- Intercampus Program

Summer aid is available to eligible students participating in a Summer Intercampus Program. You may be eligible to receive the same aid as you would if you attended Summer Sessions at UC Berkeley. Newly admitted and returning students are not eligible to receive financial aid for the Summer Intercampus Program.

Visit a Cal Student Central adviser for additional information and to receive an application for this program. Applications will be made available in April. If you are unable to visit Cal Student Central in person, you may request an application by contacting us at studentcentral.berkeley.edu/open-case

When you receive the Summer Intercampus Application for Financial Aid and be instructed to return it with confirmation of your enrollment in a minimum of 9 quarter or 6 semester units.  When you have a complete application and printed out a confirmation of your enrollment, you can return both to Cal Student Central. We will begin awarding students in April and you will receive an email directing you where to find your summer financial aid award package. You can then accept the summer aid offered to you.

Ten (10) days before the start of your program, we will do the following before releasing your aid:

  • Confirm your enrollment is as listed on your application with the host UC.

  • Confirm your account balance is $0. Aid will not be released if you have an account balance. 

  • Confirm that your Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is active. Sign up and manage your EFT accounts in CalCentral.

  • Confirm that you have no registration holds on your account.

*Only after all the above has been confirmed will your financial aid will be released and applied to your billing account. It will then be refunded to you. It is your responsibility to pay the host UC campus directly for your summer charges. Students may incur additional penalties and/or may be dropped from summer courses for non-payment.

If we cannot confirm your enrollment, your account balance is not at $0 or your EFT is not active, we will not release your aid. Changes to your enrollment may delay the disbursement of your aid. It is your responsibility to communicate to the UC Berkeley Financial Aid and Scholarships Office any enrollment changes after you have been packaged. Adjustments to enrollment will result in adjustments to the financial aid package.

The deadline to submit an application to participate in the Summer Intercampus Program is June 22, 2018.  If your specific Summer Intercampus session ends prior to June 22, the Intercampus Application must be submitted at least two weeks prior to your session end date to ensure processing.

DID YOU KNOW? You can take advantage of enrolling at another UC campus AND Berkeley during the summer. Just make sure that your total enrollment between both campuses is a minimum of 6 semester units or a minimum of 9 quarter units. This is called combined enrollment and you may qualify to receive aid for both programs. To calculate quarter units to semester units use the following formula and round down:

Quarter units X .667 = Semester units

 

Berkeley Charter of Professional Accountancy 

Financial aid is eligible for students who enroll in the Berkeley Charter of Professional Accountancy (BCPA)  program, provided all eligibility requirements are met. Undergraduate students in the program can qualify for gift aid and loans, and graduate students can qualify for loans. The estimated cost of the program for Summer 2018 can be found below. 

Budget Item  Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition and Fees $10,995 $12,995
Living Expenses $5,495 $9,396
Books* $518 $490
Total $17,009 $22,881

*assumes 14 units of enrollment. 

Students enrolled in the Advanced BCPA program should had an $1,000 to fees. 

Sample Award Package

Below you will find a sample award package for an Undergraduate student with a zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The example summer package below is for an undergraduate student, with a zero expected family contribution (from the FAFSA) and $2,000 remaining loan eligibility. 

Summer Fee Grant $3,284
Federal Pell Grant $2,960
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan  $2,000
Federal Direct PLUS Loan $8,765
Total Summer Aid $17,009

Scholarships may be available through the BCPA program- inquire directly with them to find out how to apply.

Cancelling, Withdrawing, or Dropping Courses

Your financial aid awards are based on the number of units in which you are enrolled and the weeks of summer instruction. Therefore, dropping a course from one of your Summer Sessions may cause your summer financial aid package to be revised. How your aid is adjusted depends on when you drop the course.

 If you cancel, you may be billed for a portion or all of your summer financial aid. 

If you fail or do not pass all of your summer classes due to non-attendance, you may be billed for a portion or all of your summer financial aid.

Your financial aid package is revised any time there is a change in the number of units in which you are enrolled, a change in the Summer Session(s) you are attending and when you make an enrollment change (before or after the session starts). Please review the withdrawal information for details on how an enrollment change may affect your aid.

Disbursement and Billing 

Your financial aid will disburse 10 days before the start of the first session in which you are enrolled. Students with a UC Summer Fee Grant in their summer financial aid package will see this grant applied to their billing sooner. 

If you enroll in Summer Sessions between February 1 and May 4, 2018 your Summer Sessions fees are due on May 18, 2018.

If you enroll in Summer Sessions on or after May 5, you will have your Summer Sessions fees due 14 days from the date of enrollment.

Summer financial aid is designed to pay your Summer Sessions bill. If your summer financial aid (grants and/or accepted loans) is enough to cover Summer Sessions fees, you are not required to make an advance payment, unless required to do so in the case of a program deposit for a travel-study program.

If you see a late fee added to your billing account or have any other billing related questions, please contact Cal Student Central.

If you do not accept enough financial aid or have not been packaged with enough financial aid to cover the full amount of your summer charges, you are advised to pay the summer balance when it is due to avoid late fees and future registration holds.

If you do not receive summer financial aid, you are advised to pay your summer charges when they are due to avoid late fees and future registration holds.

If your summer financial aid offer consists solely of a private loan, you are advised to pay the balance of summer charges when they are due to avoid late fees and future registration holds.

Please review Payments and Refunds for more information.