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Summer Session 2021

How to Apply for UC Summer Session Financial Aid

Find out how to apply for financial aid for summer sessions at UC San Diego or other UC campuses.

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Summer Session Disbursement

Learn when and how UC San Diego applies Summer Session financial aid to your student account.

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Summer Financial Aid 2021 Instructional Videos

Please click on the links below to learn more about Summer Financial Aid at UC San Diego.

Continuing Summer 2021:                                                    Video    PDF

Entering Fall 2021:                                                                  Video    PDF

Enrolling in the appropriate summer session classes can help you progress faster toward your degree. If you're considering summer session enrollment, consult with your academic and/or departmental advisors regarding summer course selection.

Financial aid is available to current UC San Diego undergraduate students who have a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application on file and are enrolled at least half time or six units. Also newly admitted students who will matriculate (attend) in fall may be eligible for financial aid. These newly admitted students who attend in the summer, taking courses recommended by their advisor, are referred to as ‘pre-matriculated’ students during summer session.

Summer financial aid differs from academic year financial aid. The summer term is a trailer to the academic year award cycle. Students applying for summer 2021 financial aid must submit a 2020-2021 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application. Current UC San Diego students please see instructions and deadlines below. Pre-matriculated students must submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by June 30, 2021. Summer financial aid is based upon remaining eligibility for various programs like Pell Grant and Federal loans, but also may include limited UC summer grants.

Pre-matriculated students (admitted to the Fall 2021 Quarter) who enroll in a minimum of 6 units of summer session academic credit at UC San Diego should follow the directions for submitting a 2020-2021 FAFSA for US citizens or Eligible Permanent Residents. Eligible AB540 students who are not eligible to submit a FAFSA should submit a 2020-21 California Dream Act Application. Use UC San Diego's school code of 001317 on the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application. Confer with your advisor to select the appropriate summer session classes.

Please note that international students are not eligible for Federal or State aid and are not eligible to submit a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.

Learn about the types of financial aid available to current UC San Diego students enrolled in summer sessions at UC San Diego or other UC campuses.

Facts About Summer Financial Aid for Current Undergraduates

  • No Financial Aid Summer application is required.
  • Students must have been enrolled during winter or spring quarter of the regular 2020-2021 school year.

    • Fall 2021 readmitted students are not eligible for Federal, State and Institutional grants or loans.
  • Students must have submitted a 2020-2021 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by June 30, 2021.

  • Students must be enrolled in a minimum 6 units for summer (waitlisted units do not count). This can be any combination of summer sessions at UC San Diego or at another UC.

    • 12 units is required to receive the full Pell grant.
  • Students must not complete their degree by the end of spring quarter 2021.

  • Enroll in summer classes at the earliest opportunity for possible priority funding (if eligible).

Estimate Your Summer Fees

To estimate your fees for courses at UC San Diego use the example below. All fees are subject to change, for current published fees visit the Summer Sessions website.

Course fees = $279 per unit (undergraduate); $349 per unit (graduate)

Undergraduate example: $279 x 4 units = $1116.00 per 4-unit class

Additional campus-based fees listed below ($238.75 per session)

  • ICA Student Activity Fee (undergraduate only), $129.52 per session
  • Recreation Facility Fee, $58.50 per session
  • University Center Fee, $50.73 per session

Some courses may require material fees; all students enrolled in those courses pay the material fee. Refer to the Summer Session website for further information.

Types of Summer Aid Available for FAFSA Filers

  • Grants

    You may be eligible for summer Federal Pell Grant if:

    • You have remaining annual year Pell Grant eligibility  or enrolled in at least half-time (6 units) and meet other eligibility requirements for additional Pell.

    • Full-time enrollment (12 units) is required to receive the full Federal Pell grant disbursement.

    You may be eligible for limited UC San Diego Summer Grant if:

    • You have a valid 2020-21 FAFSA or California Dream Act application on file.

    • You meet eligibility, financial need and enrollment requirements.

      • You must enroll in at least 6 units (waitlisted units do not count) as soon as possible once Summer enrollment begins.
      • UC San Diego Summer Grant is offered on a first come first served basis to eligible students enrolled in 6 units or more until funds are utilized.
  • Scholarships

    Be sure to apply for outside agency scholarships to help meet your Summer Session costs.

    Ensure your scholarship is received by the campus prior to the published fee deadlines.

  • Loans

    Students who have a 2020-21 FAFSA or California Dream Act application on file, and have financial need will be offered the remainder of their 2020-21 student loan eligibility when they enroll in 6 units or more in Summer. Students without financial need may contact our office to request unsubsidized student and parent loan options for Summer.

    Consider looking into other types of financial aid before you apply for alternative or private loans!

    • If you haven't already borrowed your annual maximum student loans, you can use Federal Direct loan funds for summer.

      • Consider planning ahead and reserve some of your direct loan eligibility for Summer, instead of borrowing up to the limit during the regular academic year.

      • If you advance a grade level during 2020-2021, you may be eligible to borrow additional loan amounts for Summer.

      • Review the maximum limits allowed for undergraduate direct loans.

    • If you're a dependent student, your parent(s) can apply for a Federal Direct PLUS loan.

    • Alternative or private loans can pay the portion of your costs not covered by other financial aid.

      • Keep in mind that lenders and loan programs are subject to change.

      • Consider browsing UC Private Lender Lists for alternative loan options.

Types of Summer Aid Available for California Dream Act Filers

  • Grants

    You may be eligible for UC San Diego summer grants if:

    • You filed your California Dream Act Application by March 2.

    • You meet other financial need/enrollment requirements.

      • You must enroll in at least 6 units (waitlisted units do not count) as soon as possible once Summer enrollment begins.
  • Scholarships

    Be sure to apply for outside agency scholarships to help meet your Summer Session costs.

    Ensure your scholarship is received by the campus prior to the published fee deadlines.

  • Loans

    You may be eligible for Dream Loan if:

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

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