Summer Financial Aid is available to eligible admitted UC Berkeley students enrolled in summer session.
What’s Required to be Eligible?
Enroll in a minimum of 6 units for summer
Be an admitted UC Berkeley student and meet any of these criteria:
a Undergraduate or Graduate student making Satisfactory Academic Progress with a complete financial aid file who was not dismissed in Fall or Spring semesters; OR
a newly admitted Undergraduate or Graduate student for the upcoming Fall semester with a complete financial aid file prior to June 30, 2020; OR
a returning Undergraduate or Graduate student who has been re-admitted to the upcoming fall semester and has maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress: OR
a graduating senior who is completing degree requirements during Summer session*.
*NOTE: Students that have completed all of their degree and major requirements prior to summer are NOT eligible.
What’s the Process?
For continuing students enrolled in a minimum of 6 units, there is no separate application needed to apply for summer financial aid and Summer awarding will begin in late March. You can view and accept/decline your summer awards in Cal Central once awarding begins.
For newly admitted Fall 2020 students, you must have a complete 2019-20 FAFSA or California Dream Application on file and be enrolled in 6 or more Summer session units. Once awarding begins, you can view and accept/decline your summer awards in Cal Central.
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 session ends and no later than July 31, 2020.
Still have questions? Check out our Summer Aid Frequently Asked Questions for more information!
Estimate Your Aid
Not sure if summer is right for you? Estimate your cost and financial aid for Summer Sessions, Summer Abroad, or Global Internships. Log into Cal Central, go to My Finances, navigate to the Financial Resources area on the right side of the page. Scroll down to the Summer Sessions heading and click on Summer Cost and Aid Estimator.
Received Summer Aid, but are Dropping, Cancelling, or Failing* a Course?
Dropping a course may result in your financial aid awards being revised. Awards are based on total Summer units enrolled and the duration of summer instruction. Therefore, dropping a course may cause an adjustment to your summer financial aid package.
Cancelling a course may result in you being billed for a portion or all of your summer financial aid.
If you drop/cancel below 6 units, your aid may be canceled. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 units to receive financial aid.
*Failing or not passing summer courses due to non-attendance may result in you being billed for a portion or all of your summer financial aid.
NOTE: Your financial aid package is revised any time there is a change in your enrollment status during Summer Session. Please review the withdrawal information for details on how an enrollment change may affect your aid.
Know The Dates, Beat The Deadlines
|April 6||Intercampus Application For Summer Aid is available.|
|May 26||First day to apply for an Emergency Loan for summer.|
|June 1||Priority deadline for ALL STUDENTS to submit a 2019-20 FAFSA or California Dream Application to be considered for summer financial aid.|
|June 18||Students in Session A Only: 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 to ensure disbursement before Summer Session A ends.|
|June 26||Deadline to submit an Intercampus Application for Summer Financial Aid. *If your specific Summer Intercampus session ends prior to June 28, 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 2019-20 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application. You will be unable apply for summer aid after June 30th.|
|July 24||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 31||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 16, 2019 to ensure disbursement before the end of the session.|
|August 14||Last day to apply for an Emergency Loan for summer.|
Types of Summer 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 eligiblity from your 2019-20 aid applicaiton. UC Summer Fee Grants are fee paying awards and only apply towards your course and campus fees. The max amount awarded in fee grant is $3,282, enough to cover 7 units.
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.
To determine how much UC Summer Fee Grant you may receive, compare your official 2019-20 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 $5,576||$3,282 (up to 7 units)|
|$5,577 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 2020 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 no 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 2019-20. FAFSA and the number of units in which you enroll.
Berkeley Summer Grant
The Berkeley Summer Grant is available to eligible, entering students participating in Summer Bridge, Freshman Edge, Transfer Edge, or Global Edge Programs. To qualify for a Berkeley Summer Grant, students have to have an expected family contribution (from the FAFSA or Dream Act Application) of $2,000 or less, and have financial need. The maximum Berkeley Summer Grant award for summer 2020 is $2,500.
We encourage graduate students to contact the Graduate Division or their academic department with questions about fellowships, departmental awards, fee waivers, and fee remissions.
Federal Direct Loans
If you did not accept the maximum amount of Federal Direct Loans in the 2019-20 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 the remaining loan eligibility you have leftover from the academic year. If eligible, they will be included in your summer award package.
Federal Direct PLUS Loan
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 CalCentral, just like in the academic year.
If you received a Dream Loan during the 2019-20 academic year and are enrolled in at least 6 units for summer, you may qualify for a Berkeley Loan for summer. Visit the Dream Loan page for more information about the loan, including repayment terms and loan requirements.
Summer Session Loans
If you received a paid https://financialaid.berkeley.edu/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 Loans 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 awards from your 2019-20 award package cannot be earned after the Spring 2020 semester ends. If you have Work-Study as part of your 2020-21 award package, you may begin earning these funds beginning July 1, 2020. Work-Study must be included in your 2020-21 financial aid offer and your financial aid file must be complete. The work-study money you earn over the summer (beginning July 1, 2020) will be deducted from your 2020-21 work-study award. Keep in mind- the more you work in Summer, the less you have to use towards your 2020-21 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
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 2019-20 and 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than May 1, 2020, and include UC Berkeley's federal school code (001312) on the applications. Dream Act students should complete both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 California Dream Act Application no later than May 1, 2020 and include UC Berkeley's federal school code (001312) on the applications.
Check the My Finances section of CalCentral for Messages and Required Documents for summer 2020 and fall 2020. 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.
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
DID YOU KNOW? You can take advantage of enrolling at another UC campus AND Berkeley during the summer. This is called the 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. 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. Students may also access the application online.
When you receive the Summer Intercampus Application for Financial Aid you are instructed to return it with confirmation of your enrollment in a minimum of 9 quarter or 6 semester units (to calculate quarter units to semester units: Quarter Units X .667 = 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 Direct Deposit is active. Sign up and manage your Direct Deposit/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. UC Berkeley cannot send funds to any UC Campus on your behalf. 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 Direct Deposit 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 26, 2020. If your specific Summer Intercampus session ends prior to June 26,2020 the Intercampus Application must be submitted at least two weeks prior to your session end date to ensure processing.
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 attendance for the program for Summer 2020 can be found below. You will only be charged tuition and fees for the program. While you will not be charged directly for living expenses and books, they are costs you will need to consider while attending the program.
|Tuition and Fees||$10,995||$12,995|
*assumes 14 units of enrollment.
Students enrolled in the Advanced BCPA program should add an additional $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||$3,285|
|Federal Pell Grant||$3,097|
|Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan||$2,000|
|Federal Direct PLUS Loan||$9,057|
|Total Summer Aid||$17,439|
Scholarships may be available through the BCPA program- inquire directly with them to find out how to apply.
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.