Are you wondering if you're eligible for summer financial aid? Are you considering participating in a special program, such as the Education Abroad Program, this summer? The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is here to help you with your summer aid questions. We've compiled the following Summer Aid Frequently Asked Questions to help you make an informed decision about financing your Summer Sessions enrollment.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Review the Summer Sessions website for deadlines to cancel, withdraw, or drop classes.
Dates may vary:
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 28, 2017.
Important Dates and Deadlines
|Late February: Check CalCentral for information regarding your UC Summer Fee Grant eligibility (undergraduates only).|
|Late February: Summer financial aid offers are available in CalCentral|
|March 16: Intercampus Application for Summer Financial Aid becomes available.|
|May 22: First day to apply for an Emergency Loan for summer.|
|June 1: Priority deadline for all students, including continuing students, newly admitted Fall 2017 freshmen, Summer Bridge Scholars, transfer, and returning Graduate/Undergraduate UC Berkeley students, to submit the 2016-17 FAFSA or the 2016-17 California Dream Act Application to be considered for summer financial aid.|
|June 16: 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 16: Priority deadline for student parents to submit a Student Child Care Expense Appeal if you are a Session A only student..|
|June 23: Deadline to submit an Intercampus Application for Summer Financial Aid. *If your specific Summer Intercampus session ends prior to June 23, 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 2016-17 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.|
|July 21: Deadline to enroll in classes to receive summer financial aid.|
|July 28: 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 28: 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 11, 2017 to ensure disbursement before the end of the session.|
August 11: Last day to apply for an Emergency Loan for summer.
|Two Weeks before end of Special Session: 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 Special Sessions ending before August 11, 2017 to ensure disbursement before the end of the session.|
Summer Aid Eligibility
1. Who is eligible for summer financial aid?
Continuing UC Berkeley students who attended in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 or Spring 2017 and are making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Returning UC Berkeley students admitted for the upcoming Fall semester making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
UC Berkeley students who attended and later withdrew from either Fall 2016 or Spring 2017, are not dismissed, and are readmitted for Fall 2017.
Newly admitted students for the Fall 2017 semester.
Graduating seniors on the Summer 2017 degree list are eligible for summer financial aid.
Students who are NOT on the degree list but who have completed all degree and major requirements are ineligible for financial aid for Summer 2017.
2. Who is NOT eligible for summer financial aid?
Students on the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 degree list
Non-UC Berkeley students
Students with a registration hold
Students who have been dismissed
Berkeley alumni not admitted to the upcoming fall semester.
Students not making Satisfactory Academic Progress
3. I am a California Dream Act student. Am I eligible for a UC Summer Fee Grant?
If you are an undergraduate, filed a 2016-2017 California Dream Act Application, and meet the general summer aid eligibility criteria, you are eligible for a UC Summer Fee Grant.
4. How many units do I need to take in order to qualify for financial aid?
You are required to enroll in a minimum of 6 units to be eligible to receive a UC Summer Fee Grant and loans. You may earn these 6 units in either Pass/No Pass or Graded classes.
Newly admitted for Fall and returning students can earn the 6 units in any one Summer Session or combination of Summer Sessions only.
Continuing students may earn these 6 units in:
Any single UC Berkeley Summer Session or combination of sessions.
5. How is my summer financial aid eligibility determined?
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office determines all summer financial aid eligibility using the previous year's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application. Check CalCentral in late February to see if you are eligible for gift aid.
6. How do I become eligible and apply for summer financial aid?
Continuing students (students who attended or withdrew from either the Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017 semesters):
Your financial aid file must be complete no later than 3 weeks prior to the end of your summer enrollment.
You are required to enroll in a minimum of 6 semester units (9 quarter units if attending a different UC campus) during the summer session.
There is no separate summer aid application for continuing students attending Summer Sessions on the UC Berkeley campus. Check CalCentral in late February for information regarding your eligibility for financial aid.
You will see your summer awards within 2 to 3 business days of enrolling in Summer Sessions once summer packaging has started. Waitlisted courses are not considered for summer aid purposes.
Newly admitted graduate and undergraduate students and returning UC Berkeley students (students out of attendance more than one year):
You must be newly admitted or returning to the upcoming Fall semester.
If you are a returning student, you are required to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Complete the 2016-17 FAFSA no later than June 1, 2017, and ensure that UC Berkeley's federal school code (001312) is listed on the application.
Please ensure we have your Social Security number in order to download your 2016-17 FAFSA to your financial aid profile. Be sure to include your Social Security number on the admission application and FAFSA application.
If you are not eligible to file the FAFSA and are a AB540 undergraduate student, complete the 2016-17 California Dream Act Application no later than June 1, 2017, and ensure that UC Berkeley's school code (001312) is listed on the application.
Your financial aid file must be complete no later than 3 weeks prior to the end of your summer enrollment.
Enroll in at leat 6 units during the Summer Session. If you have a complete 2016-17 financial aid application (FAFSA or California Dream Application) and have completed any additional requirements, we will determine your eligibility for summer financial aid based on your summer enrollment.
If you are a newly admitted student for Fall or returning UC Berkeley student, you may only receive financial aid for UC Berkeley Summer Sessions, including online classes. Newly admitted and returning students are not eligible to receive financial aid for EAP, Summer Abroad, Intercampus, or Global Internship Programs.
7. Can I receive financial aid if I want to take online courses?
Yes, Summer Session's online courses are eligible for financial aid.
8. Can I receive aid for waitlisted classes?
No. Summer financial aid is based on actual enrollment in Summer Sessions courses. Students on the waitlist are not officially enrolled in the course. You will receive the appropriate amount of aid for the courses in which you are officially enrolled. Once you are removed from the waitlist and officially enrolled in the course, your financial aid will be adjusted to reflect your new enrollment within 2 to 3 business days.
Types of Aid
1. What types of aid are available in the summer?
Summer financial aid may include a UC Summer Fee Grant, a Summer Parent Grant for Student Parents, a Federal Pell Grant, a Federal Direct Loan, a Berkeley Loan, a Summer Sessions Loan, a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan and/or a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Undergraduate students with unmet financial need may apply for a private loan instead of a Parent PLUS Loan. Check CalCentral in late February to see if you are eligible for a UC Summer Fee Grant.
2. How much will I receive in a UC Summer Fee Grant award?
The actual amount of your UC Summer Fee Grant depends on your summer enrollment and will be limited to your financial need, fund availability, and the maximum amount shown below. Students eligible for the UC Summer Fee Grant are required to have gift aid eligibility during the 2017-18 academic year.
A UC Summer Fee Grant is a need-based grant that will be applied to the per-unit cost, as well as the campus fee, of your summer courses. This is true whether you attend UC Berkeley, an EAP Program, or a summer program at any other UC campus. The UC Summer Fee Grant will only cover the per unit cost and campus fees. This award will not cover any program or other fees, nor will it be issued as a refund.
The UC Summer Fee Grant is only available to students who receive a message informing them of their eligibility for the fee grant. Eligibility is subject to change based on updates from the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application, receipt of outside resources, fund availability, etc. If you qualify, you can determine the maximum amount of the UC Summer Fee Grant you may receive by comparing your official 2016-17 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number to the chart below.
To obtain your Academic Year EFC for UC Summer Fee Grant eligibility, look for your Academic Year Expected Family Contribution in the My Finances section of CalCentral. Compare that number to the chart below to determine your UC Summer Fee Grant maximum.
|Expected Family Contribution (EFC)||Maximum UC Summer Fee Grant*|
|$0 to $5,234||$3,196 (up to 7 units)|
|$5,235 to $9,999||$2,786 (up to 6 units)|
|$10,000 and above||$1,500|
If you do not receive a message of eligibility under My Finances in CalCentral, you may not be eligible for a UC Summer Fee Grant.
Please NOTE: Summer Fee Grant eligibility is based on availability of funding at the time of awarding. If Summer Fee Grant funds are exhausted, you may not be awarded the Fee Grant, even if you meet basic eligibility requirements.
3. How can I estimate my summer loan eligibility?
Students who were not offered the maximum annual limit of their Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans during the academic year will see an estimated amount of loan eligibility on their summer financial aid offer until the spring semester ends on May 12, whether the academic year loans were accepted or not. Beginning late May, students with remaining loan eligibility will see an updated amount of loan eligibility on their summer financial aid offers.
To estimate your remaining summer loan eligibility, simply subtract the amount of loans you accepted during the academic year from the maximum annual borrowing limit for your grade level.
Graduate students are encouraged to review the maximum annual borrowing limits. Please note that Optometry, Public Health, and Joint Medical Program students have higher annual loan limits. Graduate students who have exhausted their Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan eligibility will be offered a Federal Graduate PLUS Loan.
Please review our Federal Student Loans page for more information.
4. If I only qualify for a Federal Graduate PLUS Loan or Federal Parent PLUS Loan, which I or my family is unable to accept, what are my options?
You may qualify for a private loan, pending credit approval from an outside lender. Please review the Private Loans information available online.
5. What if my Federal Graduate PLUS Loan application or Federal Parent PLUS Loan application is denied?
Approval of a Federal Graduate PLUS Loan and Federal Parent PLUS Loan requires approved credit. Graduate students denied a Graduate PLUS Loan because of credit will be notified by the Department of Education. Parents who are denied a Parent PLUS loan because of credit will know they have been denied immediately upon completing the online application. You or your parent will have the following options:
Appeal the decision.
Get an endorser.
Not pursue an endorser.
If you or your parent chooses to “get an endorser” the endorser must go to the www.studentloans.gov website and complete the “Endorse a Loan” online form.
If your parent chooses “not pursuing an endorser”, this information will be transmitted to us. If you are an undergraduate student, we may offer you an Unsubsidized Direct Loan as a replacement. The maximum replacement amounts are $4,000 for freshmen and sophomores and $5,000 for juniors and seniors. The replacement amount is limited by your total summer budget.
If your parent chooses “Undecided,” then no action will be taken. Undergraduate students must have their parents choose “not pursue an endorser” in order for us to offer you any additional Unsubsidized loan. To change their choice, your parent should contact Cal Student Central. The case must be sent by your parent from the same email account that is on his or her PLUS application.
The only loan alternatives for Graduate Students are Private Loans.
6. Can I use my work-study award during the summer?
Work-study awards from your 2016-17 award package cannot be earned after the Spring 2017 semester ends. But, if you have work-study as a part of your 2017-18 award package, you may begin earning these funds as early as July 1, 2017, provided that your 2017-18 financial aid file is complete (no missing documents) and your financial aid offer is not conditional.
There is no option to convert summer loans to work-study. Work-study is not available as a summer award. Please review the Work-Study FAQs for more information.
7. What does summer financial aid cover?
The same expenses considered during the academic year are considered in summer:
Campus, course and/or program fees (if applicable)
The total amount of these costs will be calculated based on your summer enrollment:
Total number of units + Total number of days/weeks enrolled = Summer Budget
The budget amounts for housing, books, and personal expenses are based on your enrollment. Cost of Attendance Adjustment Requests are not allowed for summer.
8. When can I view and accept my summer financial aid offer?
Check CalCentral in mid-spring for more details.
9. What is the deadline to accept my summer financial aid offer?
Session “A” ONLY students deadline to accept your summer financial aid offer is June 16, 2017.
Students enrolled in session(s) other than Session A or any session with an end date beyond August 11, 2017, the deadline to accept your summer financial aid offer is July 28, 2017.
Students in any Special Summer program ending before July 29, 2017 (including Summer Bridge), the deadline to accept your summer financial aid offer is 2 weeks before your program ends.
10. How does my California College Veterans Fee Exemption work for Summer Sessions?
Please contact Cal Student Central for more information and instructions. Please note that only matriculated UC students may be exempted from Summer Sessions fees. Please review the Veterans Benefits page for more information about the California College Veterans Fee Waiver Program.
Special Summer Programs
1. I have been accepted to the Summer Bridge Program. How do I apply for financial aid?
As a Summer Bridge participant, your financial aid application process is identical to that of a newly admitted freshman. Simply follow the steps below.
Complete both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than May 1, 2017, and include UC Berkeley's federal school code (001312) on both applications. Dream Act students should complete both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 California Dream Act Application no later than May 1, 2017 and include UC Berkeley's federal school code (001312) on both applications.
Check Cal Central for Messages and Required Documents for summer 2017 and fall 2017. Follow the instructions and submit any required documents as soon as possible. Students with incomplete files will not be awarded financial aid for 2017-18.
Follow all instructions provided by the Summer Bridge staff. Check with the Summer Bridge staff for summer program related questions.
2. Can I attend two different colleges or universities this summer and still receive financial aid?
You can receive financial aid to attend two different UC campuses. This includes regular Summer Sessions courses, Summer Abroad Programs, online programs, or any combination of summer enrollment at any of the 10 UC campuses throughout California.
You cannot receive financial aid to attend both a UC campus and a college or university not associated with the UC system.
You cannot receive financial aid to attend two colleges or universities not associated with the UC system.
3. What is the summer financial aid process if I plan to travel with the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP)?
4. What is the summer financial aid process if I plan to participate in the Berkeley Summer Abroad Program?
If you plan to participate in the Summer Abroad Program, read our page about receiving summer financial aid for a Summer Abroad Program.
5. How do I apply for summer financial aid if I plan to study at a different UC campus (also known as Summer 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. Visit a Cal Student Central adviser for additional information and to receive an application for this program after reading the Intercampus Summer Financial Aid section on our FAQ. Newly admitted and returning students are not eligible to receive financial aid for the Summer Intercampus Program.
6. What is the financial aid process if I plan to participate in the Global Internship Program?
If you plan to participate in the Global Internship Program, read our page about receiving financial aid for a Global Internship Program.
Summer Intercampus Program
Continuing UC Berkeley students wishing to attend a summer program at another UC campus are advised to visit Cal Student Central. Cal Student Central advisers will review the Intercampus Application for Summer Financial Aid with you. Applications will be available beginning March 2017.
The deadline to submit the Intercampus Application is June 23, 2017. If your specific Summer Intercampus session ends prior to June 23, the Intercampus Application must be submitted at least two weeks prior to your session end date to ensure processing.
1. What types of financial aid are available for a Summer Intercampus Program?
The same types of financial aid you would receive if you attended Summer Sessions through UC Berkeley can be used to attend a Summer Intercampus Program.
For Undergraduates this may include:
UC Summer Fee Grant to cover the per-unit cost up to 7 units and campus fee only (if eligible)
Parent Grant for Student Parents (if eligible)
Remaining Federal Pell Grant (if eligible)
Federal Direct Student Loans
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
For Graduate students, summer aid includes remaining unsubsidized loan eligibility and/or Graduate PLUS Loan.
Students that are not eligible for these types of awards may consider a private loan to cover the entire cost of the program. You are encouraged to review your financial aid eligibility before enrolling. Check CalCentral in mid-spring to see if you are eligible for grant aid, and then calculate your loan eligibility.
2. Can I attend both UC Berkeley and a different UC campus (or two different UCs) and still receive financial aid?
Yes! Total enrollment between both campuses requires 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
3. How does the Summer Intercampus financial aid process work?
You will 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.
After you return the application and confirmation of your enrollment to Cal Student Central, we will begin to create a budget based on the host UC campus's information in late April.
After the budget is created, 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.
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.
4. What is important to know about Summer Intercampus financial aid?
As a financial aid recipient, it is your responsibility to understand the Summer Intercampus Application process and your financial obligations to both UC Berkeley and the summer host UC campus.
Enrolling in a minimum of 9 quarter or 6 semester units is required to qualify for summer financial aid.
Making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Graduating seniors on the Spring 2017 degree list are ineligible for summer aid. You cannot be offered aid until you are removed from the degree list.
Incomplete Summer Intercampus applications will not be processed.
The Summer Intercampus application can be submitted only once. Enrollment revisions can be appealed once for extenuating circumstances beyond your control. Please contact Cal Student Central for more information.
Before your summer aid can be disbursed, you are required to have a $0 account balance at least 10 days prior to the start of their program.
Your Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) must be active for summer aid disbursement.You can sign up and manage your EFT on CalCentral).
You are responsible for any registration fees and/or deposits owed to the host UC campus before that host UC campus's deadline. These expenses are not covered by UC Berkeley financial aid.
Once financial aid is disbursed, it is your responsibility to pay the host UC campus. UC Berkeley does not make payments to the host UC campus on your behalf.
5. What does a sample Summer Intercampus budget look like?
SAMPLE INTERCAMPUS SUMMER BUDGET
Program Name: UCLA, Session A6: 9 quarter units
Program Dates: 06/26/17 to 08/04/17 (6 weeks)
(Fee Grant-eligible, for students who qualify)
|TOTAL FEE EXPENSES||$||2,565|
|TOTAL LIVING EXPENSES||$||2,540|
|TOTAL INTERCAMPUS BUDGET*||$||5,105|
|TOTAL AWARD BREAKDOWN|
|Total Intercampus Budget - includes all expenses||$||5,105|
|UC Summer Fee Grant: if you are eligible; covers per-unit cost||$||2,790|
|Remaining Costs: to be covered by loans or out of pocket.||$||2,315|
*Please note that budget information for any summer program is received from the host UC campus. The living expenses figures listed above are from summer 2016. For further information on summer expenses/costs/fees visit the host UC campus Summer Sessions website.
6. How can I determine what kind of loan funding might be available to me for my Summer Intercampus program?
Students who were not offered the maximum annual limit of their Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans during the academic year will see an estimated amount of loan eligibility on their summer financial aid offer.
To estimate your remaining summer loan eligibility, simply subtract the amount of loans you accepted during the academic year from the maximum annual borrowing limit for your grade level. Undergraduate students who are dependent and have exhausted their Federal Direct Loan eligibility will be offered a Federal Parent PLUS Loan or private loan.
Graduate students are encouraged to review the maximum annual borrowing limits.Please note that Optometry, Public Health, and Joint Medical Program students have higher annual loan limits. Graduate students who have exhausted their Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan eligibility will be offered a Federal Graduate PLUS Loan.
Please review our Federal Student Loans page for more information.
Student Parent Questions
1. I am a student parent. Is there a Summer Parent Grant?
Yes! There is a Summer Parent Grant for undergraduate students. The maximum amount of this grant is $3,300. The amount you receive is based on your summer enrollment and financial need. Please note that a Summer Parent Grant may be reduced if you change your enrollment and the enrollment change reduces your summer budget.
2. Why haven't I received the maximum amount of $3,300 for my Summer Parent Grant?
The amount you receive in a Summer Parent Grant is based on your summer enrollment and your financial need.
Example: You are enrolled in 6 units for Session A and your budget is $5,414. You have an Estimated Family Contribution of $0, meaning your financial need is $5,414. You also have remaining 2016-17 Pell Grant eligibility of $1,454. Here is what your summer financial aid package would look like:
|UC Summer Fee Grant||$2,786|
|Remaining 2015-16 Pell Grant eligibility||$1,454|
|Summer Parent Grant||$1,174|
In the example above, this student's budget has been fully met and thus did not receive the maximum of $3,300.
3. Can I file a Cost of Attendance (COA) Adjustment Request to receive additional money for my summer childcare expenses?
Yes, you can file a Summer Childcare Expense Appeal form. Please note that this is the only summer expense item that may be appealed. The childcare expenses you appeal need to occur during your summer enrollment period. If your Summer Childcare Expense Appeal is approved, your summer budget will be increased, and you will be offered additional Summer Parent Grant, up to the maximum amount of $3,300 first and then additional loans. An approved Summer Childcare Expense Appeal will not result in any other additional gift aid eligibility.
4. Where do student parents get the Summer Childcare Expense Appeal form?
The Summer Childcare Expense Appeal form is available at the Student-Parent Center.
5. I am California Dream Act student parent. Am I eligible for a Summer Parent Grant?
Yes. If you are a California Dream Act student parent, you are eligible for a Summer Parent Grant. The amount you receive is based on your enrollment and financial need.
1. When will my financial aid get applied to my billing account in CalCentral?
Federal regulations require that federal funding, such as Federal Direct Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans cannot be applied to your billing account sooner than 10 days before the first day of your first Summer Session. Only Loans ready for disbursement, meaning no missing requirements/forms, will apply 10 days before the start of your first session. So, if your Session starts May 22, by law we cannot release your aid any sooner than May 12.
Students with a UC Summer Fee Grant in their summer financial aid package will see this grant applied to their billing account no sooner than 10 days before the first day of their first Summer Session.
2. When can I expect my summer refund?
Once your summer financial aid has been released to your account, please allow 2 to 3 business days for your summer refund.
NOTE: Summer aid disbursements and refunds for students enrolled in Summer Session A who have remaining loan eligibility from the academic year may be slightly delayed. Please plan accordingly.
3. I'm being billed for Summer Session, and I am worried about late fees. What should I do?
Students who enroll in Summer Sessions between February 1 and May 5, 2017 will have their Summer Sessions fees due on May 19, 2017.
Students who enroll in Summer Sessions on or after May 6 will have their Summer Sessions fees due 14 days from the date of enrollment.
Summer financial aid is designed to pay your Summer Sessions bill. Students whose summer financial aid (grants and/or accepted loans) is enough to cover their Summer Sessions fees 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.
Students who do not accept enough financial aid or have not been packaged with enough financial aid to cover the full amount of their summer charges are advised to pay their summer balance when it is due to avoid late fees and future registration holds.
Students who do not receive summer financial aid are advised to pay their summer charges when they are due to avoid late fees and future registration holds.
Students whose summer financial aid offer consists solely of a private loan are advised to pay their balance of summer charges when they are due to avoid late fees and future registration holds.
Please review Payments and Refunds for more information.
Cancelling, Withdrawing, or Dropping Courses
1. I am thinking about dropping a summer class. How will this affect my summer financial aid?
Dropping a course from one of your Summer Sessions will cause your summer financial aid package to be revised. 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.
2. If I cancel, fail, or do not pass all of my summer classes, what will happen to my summer financial aid?
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.
3. How do I officially withdraw from all my summer classes?
Please refer to the withdrawal section on the Summer Sessions website, which includes deadlines and information on the withdrawal process.
4. I enrolled in summer classes, had my summer financial aid paid to my billing account, and used my summer financial aid refund for living expenses. However, I did not attend any summer classes—what happens?
You will be billed for all of the summer financial aid that paid to your billing account and are responsible for returning those funds back to the University.
1. How do I pay for my personal living expenses such as housing, food, transportation, and school supplies while attending my Summer Session(s)?
Summer living expenses are budgeted for every student at a rate of $385 per week of enrollment for undergraduates and $731 per week for graduate students. We budget the amount of supplies at a rate of $53 per unit of enrollment for undergraduates and $33 for graduate students.
To calculate your total living expense and supplies budget, follow these three easy steps:
- Multiply the weekly rate, $385 for undergraduate students or $731 for graduate students by the total length of your summer enrollment as shown on the tables below (the possible Summer Session combinations are also listed).
- Multiply the per-unit supplies rate, $53 undergraduate students or $33 for graduate students by the total number of units in which you will enroll.
- Add these two sums together to arrive at your total living expense budget. The only type of aid offered to meet these living expenses are loans: Federal Direct Loans, Berkeley Loans, Summer Sessions Loans, Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans and Federal Graduate PLUS Loans. If you do not qualify for any of the loans above, you will be packaged with a private loan. UC Summer Fee Grants can only be applied to course and registration fees.
Length of enrollment by session
|SESSION||SESSION PERIOD||SESSION LENGTH|
|Session A:||May 22- June 30||6 weeks|
|Session B:||June 5 - August 11||10 weeks|
|Session C:||June 19 - August 11||8 weeks|
|Session D:||July 3 - August 11||6 weeks|
|Session E:||July 17 - August 4||3 weeks|
Length of enrollment with a combination of sessions
If your particular combination of sessions is not listed below, simply refer to the table above for the session you will begin first. The amount of weeks for that session will be your total length of enrollment.
|SESSION COMBINATION||TOTAL LENGTH|
|Session A+B or A+C or A+D:||12 weeks|
|Session A+E:||9 weeks|
2. Are Cost of Attendance (COA) Adjustment Requests considered for summer financial aid?
COA Adjustment Requests are only considered for summer childcare expenses. See the Student Parents Questions section for more information.
3. Are SAP Appeals considered for summer financial aid?
No. SAP Appeals are not currently considered for summer financial aid eligibility. You are required to be making satisfactory academic progress at the end of the spring term to be eligible for summer financial aid. If you are not making satisfactory academic progress, you will not be eligible for summer financial aid.
4. How will an outside award/resource(s) impact my summer financial aid package?
If you already have a summer financial aid package and subsequently receive an outside award/resource(s) during the summer, your summer financial aid offer will be adjusted for that award, and is dependent upon the conditions of the award. Fee specific outside awards may reduce part or all of a UC Summer Fee Grant.
Generally, your need-based loans are reduced first to "make room" for that award. If the amount of outside aid exceeds the amount of need-based loans in your package, your grants are then reduced.
NOTE: Please report your summer outside award/resource(s) in CalCentral.