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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.

Summer Session 2018Enrolling in the appropriate summer session classes can help you make faster progress toward your degree.

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

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Meet eligibility requirements

  • File your 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 Application. Click here for additional information about the California Dream Act. Be sure to submit only one application.
    Note: Summer financial aid awards are based on the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application you submitted for this academic year.
    Exception: For the Education Studies Graduate Program (EDS), financial aid awards are based on the FAFSA you filed for the upcoming academic year.
  • Always file your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by March 2 for financial aid priority consideration.
  • 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. You must enroll and maintain at least 6 units to receive financial aid.
    • To enroll at UCSD, use WebReg.
    • To enroll at another UC campus, use the registration process at that particular campus.

* 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.

Apply for summer financial aid online

Most students:

  • After you have finalized your summer enrollment, apply for financial aid online (only once) using the Financial Aid tool on TritonLink. You can apply starting in May and are encouraged to apply early as limited financial aid is available for summer session.

Education Studies Graduate Students who plan on attending Summer 2018:

Students who wish to apply for Federal Direct Loan funds and other available aid for summer 2018 enrollment at UC San Diego, follow the instructions below:

  • Step 1: First, file your 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2, 2018, if you want 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. After you file the 2018-2019 FAFSA, and enroll in summer courses, your financial aid eligibility will then be determined.  An e-mail notification will be sent to your @UCSD e-mail address directing you to check TritonLink to view your official summer awards. Summer awarding will begin mid- to late June.

Explore sources of summer funding

Look into grants, scholarships, and loans you might qualify for.

Pay your Summer Session fees on time

  • If you've enrolled in Summer Session at UCSD and met all the requirements, UCSD 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 you've enrolled in summer sessions at another UC campus and 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. In this case, 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'll be dropped from your classes.
  • If you drop a summer class, you may lose some or all of your financial aid award and may have to repay money you've already received.

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