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How to Apply for UC Summer Session Financial Aid

Summer Session 2022

There is no Financial Aid Summer Application for students who receive need-based aid during the school year. Simply enroll in a total of 6 or more units for Summer Session as soon as possible. This can be any combination of Summer Sessions at UC San Diego or at another UC.

Summer award notices will be emailed beginning late April/early May. Be sure to check your UC San Diego email. Summer aid will appear in the  My Tritonlink Financial Aid Tool. Select the aid year for 2021-22.

Eligible for unsubsidized Direct loan? Beginning in May contact our office directly to request Summer unsubsidized student and parent loan options on My Tritonlink.

If you're considering Summer Session enrollment, consult with your academic and/or departmental advisors regarding summer course selection.

Meet Summer 2022 Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements

  • File your 2021-2022 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or California Dream Act Application. Students who qualify for the AB540 fee exemption and cannot file a FAFSA should file a California Dream Act Application. For additional information about the California Dream Act application, visit the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)  website. Be sure to submit only one application.

    • For undergraduate students, as Summer is a “trailer” term to the regular academic year, financial aid awards are based on the FAFSA or California Dream Act application you submitted for this current academic year (e.g. Summer 2022 looks at the 2021-2022 financial aid application).
      • Exception: For the Education Studies Graduate Program (EDS), financial aid awards are based on the FAFSA you filed for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year.

  • Enroll in at least half-time (6 units) as soon as possible and full-time (12 units) for full federal Pell grant disbursement. This can be any combination of summer sessions at UC San Diego or at another UC.
    • For those eligible for UC Summer grant your initial Summer Session enrollment date in at least 6 units will determine first come, first served UC grant awarding.

  • You must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (PDF) for the current academic year.

  • You must not have completed your degree by the end of Spring Quarter.

  • Enroll in summer session classes as soon as possible:

    • You must enroll and maintain at least 6 units to receive financial aid, for limited UC grant fund consideration (waitlisted units do not count). This can be any combination of summer sessions at UC San Diego or at another UC.
      • To enroll at UC San Diego, use WebReg.

      • To enroll at another UC campus, use the registration process at that campus.

  • Please note: if you are academically disqualified after Spring Quarter and are denied an appeal for reinstatement, Academic Advising will cancel your Summer Session 2 courses. You will be billed for summer financial aid if the cancellation results in less than 6 units enrollment for Summer Session.

  • Education Studies Graduate Students Who Plan on Attending Summer 2022

    Students who wish to apply for Federal Direct Loan funds and other available aid for summer 2022 enrollment at UC San Diego, follow the instructions below:

    • Step 1: First, file your 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2, 2022, to be considered for federal direct loans.

    • Step 2: Ensure your Social Security Number is on record with the Office of Graduate Studies.

    • Step 3: Check your @UCSD e-mail address often. Your financial aid eligibility will be determined after you enroll in Summer Session courses. An e-mail notification will be sent to your @UCSD e-mail address directing you to check My TritonLink to view your official summer awards. Summer awarding begins early May.


If attending another UC for the Summer, in addition to filing the 2021-2022 FAFSA or California Dream Act application, enroll in at least half-time (6 units) at your host campus as soon as possible (12 units for Federal Pell grant). Once UC San Diego confirms your Summer Session enrollment through the UC cross enrollment system, the office will generate your Summer financial aid package. Summer financial aid packaging is scheduled to begin late April/early May.

  • Attending Summer at UC San Diego from another UC? Your home campus will generate your Summer financial aid package based on your enrolled UC San Diego Summer units.

Pay Your Summer Session Fees on Time

  • If enrolled in Summer Session at UC San Diego and you met all the requirements, UC San Diego electronically deposits financial aid funds to your student account. Read more about how you get your financial aid and additional notes about Summer Session disbursement.

  • If enrolled in Summer Session at another UC campus and you met all requirements, financial aid funds are either electronically deposited to your bank account or a check is processed and sent to your permanent address. You are responsible to pay your fees on time at that campus.

  • If you don't pay your fees by the Summer Session payment deadlines, you will be dropped from your classes.

  • If you drop one or all summer classes, you may lose some or all your financial aid award and may have to repay money already received.

For Summer Session info, contact the Summer Session Office, (858) 534-5258.

For enrollment info, contact the Registrar's Office, (858) 534-3150.