Summer Information

UCLA Summer Financial aid is available to eligible UCLA students enrolled in Summer Sessions, including newly admitted students.

If your Degree Candidacy term is Spring 2016, you will not be eligible for summer financial aid. You must update your Degree Candidacy term on MyUCLA to Summer 2016.

Financial aid is available for one summer program per year, such as UCLA Summer Sessions, UC Cross Campus, or Summer Institutes.  You cannot receive aid for more than one of these programs during the same summer. 

- Non-UCLA students should consult the Financial Aid Office at their home institution for information. -- -- --Students in a dismissed status are not eligible for financial aid.

Graduate students who plan to enroll in undergraduate courses are eligible to receive financial aid ONLY if the courses are required to complete their graduate degree. You must provide a letter from your department indicating this program is necessary.

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office can help make your summer learning experience a reality

Summer Programs Funded

SUMMER SESSIONS AT UCLA

Aid to cover costs of UCLA Summer Sessions is available to newly admitted and continuing UCLA students.  The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office can help make your summer learning experience a reality.  The application is available April 1. Continuing students must complete it by April 30th to be considered on time. Entering students will be considered on time if they apply for summer aid after April 30. 

SUMMER INSTITUTES

Summer Institutes at UCLA offer the breadth and depth of UCLA's academic rigor in an intensive, holistic format that allows you to share a unique hands-on learning experience. Financial Aid is available for this program. The application is available on April 1st and must be submitted by June 15th. Please visit www.summer.ucla.edu for more program related information.

Graduate students who plan to enroll in undergraduate courses are eligible to receive financial aid ONLY if the courses are required to complete their graduate degree. You must provide a letter from your department indicating this program is necessary.

Summer Application Process

Step 1. Complete a FAFSA or DREAM Act Application

If you wish to be considered for student aid during the summer, you must apply for aid for 2016-17. Please complete the FAFSA or a DREAM Act application before March 2 priority application deadline.

Step 2. Complete a Summer Aid Application

Applications for summer aid are posted on MyUCLA when available. Dates when applications become available and the deadlines vary depending on the summer program, in which you are enrolled. Please refer to 'Summer Programs Funded' on this page or to MyUCLA for more information about various application timelines.

Step 3. Submit Supplemental Documentation, if needed

If additional information is required in order to complete your application, a request will be posted on MyUCLA Financial Aid Document Tracking and an e-mail will be sent to notify you of the request.

Step 4. Confirmation 

Students who apply for aid for UCLA Summer Sessions before April 30 will be required to verify information provided on their application before it can be processed. An e-mail will be sent to you on May 1 requesting that you access your Summer Aid Application on MyUCLA and confirm (or update) your information.

Students who submit their summer application after April 30 will not be required to complete the Confirmation process.

Types of Summer Aid

Your summer award will cover your summer expenses (including fees and living expenses) and the amount of aid will be based on the number of sessions and units you will take per session during the summer.

Financial Aid and Scholarships will start awarding summer aid in May. If you apply on time, you will receive your summer Financial Aid Notification (FAN) by mid-June. We will notify you via e-mail when your summer FAN becomes available.

Federal Work-Study

Summer work-study eligibility is based upon demonstrated financial need. In order to be considered for work-study, a student must have requested it on their Summer Aid Application. Maximum award is $1,800 (subject to change based on availability of summer funding). Money earned through work-study is part of your total financial aid package. You will be able to work up to 20 hours per week.

LOANS

The Direct Loan Program consists of low-interest Graduate PLUS and Direct Unsubsidized loans funded by the federal government. Loans are available to FAFSA filers.

Unsubsidized Direct Loans are available regardless of income. Interest accrues from the date of disbursement, but the extra costs of accrual can be avoided by making interest payments while in school. 

Unsubsidized Direct Loan eligibility for the summer is subject to the maximum annual loan limits. Unsubsidized loans disbursed in the summer will reduce your academic year eligibility. Please refer to Guide to Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans for additional information.

Direct PLUS Loans: are awarded to help you meet the cost of education for the summer. You may borrow up to the cost of education for the summer less any other aid received. These loans are available only to borrowers who do not have adverse credit histories. Interest accrues from the date of disbursement, but the extra costs of accrual can be avoided by making interest payments while in school. Graduate PLUS loans do not enter repayment until after you graduate or drop below half-time enrollment.

Private Loans are funded by banks and lending institutions and often require a co-signer. Students and/or co-signers will have to pass a credit check, performed by the lender, before their private loans are approved. The interest rate and repayment terms will vary since these loans are not federally guaranteed. If you choose to apply for a private loan instead of the Graduate PLUS loan, see the Private Loan Guide available under Forms & Publications.

Summer Disbursements

Financial Aid and Scholarships office will verify your enrollment status before disbursing funds to your account. You must be enrolled in at least 4 units before we can release your aid to BruinBill.

Disbursement starts 10 days before the first day of summer sessions. When aid is disbursed to BruinBill, it will pay off your Summer tuition and fees. A refund will be generated for any balance left over and released to you to be used for your educational and living expenses.

For students enrolled in sessions A and C, financial aid for both sessions will be disbursed at the beginning of session A. For students enrolled in Session C only, aid will be disbursed at the end of July.

Maintaining Summer Aid Eligibility

Summer Financial Aid eligibility is based on the exact sessions and number of units per session you indicate on your Summer Aid Application. You will be subject to billing if you switch the sessions attended and/or take fewer units than indicated on the application.

UNIT REQUIREMENT AND CENSUS DATE

In order to be eligible for summer aid, you will need to be enroll in a minimum of 4 units (half-time status).

Aid will be subject to cancellation if you drop below half-time status. The Financial Aid Office will review all units at the end of the third week of each UCLA summer session (the census date) in order to determine your eligibility for summer aid. Students who are not enrolled in the number of units on which their award was based on will be billed. Adding units after the census date will not reinstate your eligibility.

RETURN OF TITLE IV AID FUNDS

If you receive financial aid and subsequently do not enroll in Summer Sessions for which you were awarded or if you drop all your units for the session for which you received aid, you may be billed for a portion of aid received. The calculation of Return of Title IV funds is based on published schedules and the date that you cancel your registration or the date you drop all classes during a summer session.

Under federal regulations, summer is considered a single term of enrollment and students who cease attendance before the end of the period for which aid was awarded will be considered as having withdrawn. Here are a few examples of situations that will be treated as withdrawals in the summer:

● You are awarded aid for sessions A and C but do not attend session C. You will have completed 6 of 12 weeks of enrollment resulting in recalculation of your financial aid eligibility. ● You are awarded aid for session A and C but drop units in session A after 3 weeks and drop units in session C after 3 weeks. In total, you will have completed 6 of 12 weeks during the summer and your eligibility for aid will be recalculated. ● You are awarded aid for session A (10 weeks) and drop classes after the third week of instruction. You will have completed 3 of 10 weeks and your eligibility for aid will be recalculated.

Any time your summer enrollment plans change and you are considering enrolling in different sessions or fewer units than indicated on your summer application, it is recommended that you contact Financial Aid and Scholarships to find out if your changes in summer enrollment will decrease your eligibility for aid.

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