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Types of UC Summer Session Financial Aid

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

Enrolling in the appropriate summer session classes can help you make faster progress toward your degree. Students considering summer session enrollment should consult with their academic and/or departmental advisors regarding summer course selection.

Financial aid is available to current UCSD undergraduate students who apply via the Summer Financial Aid Application on TritonLink. 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 2016 financial aid must submit a 2015-16 FAFSA or CA Dream App.  Current UCSD students please see instructions and deadlines below.  Pre-matriculated students must submit the 2015-16 FAFSA or CA Dream App by June 30, 2016.  Summer financial aid is based upon remaining eligibility for various programs like Pell Grant and Federal loans, but also includes limited UC summer grants.

Pre-matriculated students (admitted to Fall 2016 Quarter) who are enrolled in a minimum of 6 units of summer session academic credit at UCSD should follow the directions for submitting a 2015-16 FAFSA for US citizens or Eligible Permanent Residents. AB540 students who are not eligible to submit a FAFSA should submit a 2015-16 CA Dream App. Use UCSD’s school code of 001317 on the FAFSA or CA Dream App. 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 thus should not submit a FAFSA or CA Dream App.)

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

See also: How to Apply for Summer Session Financial Aid and Financial Aid: Summer Session Disbursement

Facts about summer financial aid for current undergraduates:

  • Students must have been enrolled during winter or spring quarter of the regular 2015-2016 school year, or have been re-admitted
    for the fall quarter 2016.
  • Students must have submitted a 2015-2016 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application by May 1, 2016.
  • Students must be enrolled in a minimum 6 units for summer. This can be any combination of summer sessions at UCSD or at another UC.
  • Students must not have completed their degree by the end of spring quarter 2016.
  • Students must enroll for summer courses prior to filing a summer financial aid application.
  • Students must complete an online application for summer aid using the financial aid tool in TritonLink.

To calculate your fees for courses at UCSD use the example below:

Course Fees = $272 per unit (undergraduate); $340 per unit (graduate)

Undergraduate Example: $272 x 4 units = $1088.00 per 4 unit class

Additional Campus Based Fees listed below ($164.48 per session) will be assessed (maximum $328.96):

ICA Student Activity Fee (undergraduate only)           $65.73 per session
Recreation Facility Fee                                               $53.50 per session
University Center Fee                                                 $45.25 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 (FAFSA Filers):

  • Grants

    • You may be eligible for residual summer Pell Grant if:
      • You have remaining 2015-16 Pell Grant that you did not receive during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.
    • You may be eligible for UCSD summer grants if:
      • You filed your FAFSA by March 2.
      • You have financial need after any Pell Grant or outside scholarships have been awarded to you for summer. UCSD summer grants are awarded on a first come first served basis.
  • Scholarships

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

  • Loans

    If you've filed your FAFSA by March 2, wait until the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office notifies you of your eligibility for grants before you make a decision about borrowing. Look into other types of financial aid before you apply for alternative or private loans.

    • If you haven't already borrowed your annual maximum, you can use Federal Direct loan funds for summer.
      • Plan 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, 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 parents 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.
      • Browse  UC Private Lender Lists for alternative loan options.

Types of summer aid available (CA Dream Act App Filers):

  • Grants

    • You may be eligible for UCSD summer grants if:
  • Scholarships

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