Summer Information

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

If your summer program is being run by the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP), you do not have to submit a separate financial aid application. Your EAP application is sufficient.  

Please note that if your Degree Candidacy term is Spring 2018, you will not be eligible for summer financial aid. You must update your Degree Candidacy term on MyUCLA to Summer 2018.

Financial aid is available for one summer program per year, such as UCLA Summer Sessions, UC Cross Campus, Summer Travel 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. UCLA students in a dismissed status are not eligible for financial aid.

- UCLA does not provide financial aid to students enrolled in non-UCLA programs during the summer. 

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

Summer Programs Funded

College Summer Institute

This program is for incoming first year students and can help provide a smooth and successful transition into their first year at UCLA. Students planning on enrolling in this summer program should complete the regular summer financial aid application.

More information about the College Summer Institute can be found on the new student and transition programs website

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 summer financial aid application is available April 1st. 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 30th. 

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 1st. Please visit www.summer.ucla.edu for more program related information.

SUMMER TRAVEL PROGRAM

Travel Study programs combine the excitement of study abroad with the academic rigor of classes taught by UCLA faculty. UCLA Travel Study is open to students from any college or university; however financial aid is available for UCLA students. Scholarships are available for qualified students via the Summer Session Office. The Summer Travel Application is available March 1st and must be submitted by April 7th. Please visit www.summer.ucla.edu for more program related information. 

​See the Summer Travel Guide on our Forms and Publications page for further information on what aid you can receive while participating in Summer Travel.

SUMMER CROSS CAMPUS PROGRAMS

Financial aid is available for UCLA students enrolled in summer sessions or summer travel programs at another UC.  Cross campus applications are available on April 15th and must be submitted by May 15th to be considered on time. 

You Can find more information in the Summer Cross Campus Guide on our Forms and Publications Page.

Please note that students participating in non-UC programs through a Consortium Agreement are not eligible for financial aid. 

Summer Aid Application Process

Step 1. Complete a FAFSA or DREAM Act Application

Summer is considered the first quarter of the academic year. If you wish to be considered for student aid during the summer, you must apply for aid for the academic year following the summer you are planning to attend . 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 you are enrolled in. 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 the units you will take during the summer. Maximum consideration will be given to students who complete their FAFSA or DREAM and Summer Aid applications on time. Late summer applicants are not eligible for University Grant or Work-Study.

Financial Aid and Scholarships will start awarding for 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.

GRANTS

These funds are need based and do not have to be repaid. Summer grants are offered to undergraduate students only.  

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students who file a FAFSA and whose Expected Family Contribution is less than 5,328. Pell Grants range from $200 to $1,974 for full time enrollment during the summer.  Awards are reduced if you enroll in less than 12 units.

University Grants: These funds are awarded to on-time FAFSA and DREAM applicants.  Awards range from $1,100 for enrollment in 8 units, $1650 for 9-11 units and $2,200 for enrollment in 12 or more units.  Students enrolled in less than 8 units do not qualify for University Grant in the summer. 

Cal Grants: California Grants are offered to FAFSA and DREAM applicants who graduate early and will not need their Cal Grant during the academic year.  Awards will vary depending on the amount of summer fees. Cal Grants will be awarded mid-summer and will reduce your University Grant eligibility

Federal Work-Study 

On-time, FAFSA applicants who demonstrate financial need and request work-study on their summer application will be considered for this award.  The 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 can work up to 20 hours per week.

FEDERAL LOANS

The Direct Loan Program consists of low-interest subsidized (need-based) and unsubsidized (non-need based) loans funded by the federal government. Loans are available to FAFSA filers. Loans must be paid back after graduation. Loan guides will be provided with your summer FAN, which will include additional information about the interest rates and terms of federal loans that you are eligible for.

Subsidized Direct Loans are available to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. Loan repayment will begin six months after graduation or dropping below half-time enrollment. Accrual of interest will begin immediately after graduation or dropping below half-time enrollment. 

Unsubsidized Direct Loans are available to all students 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. 

Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loan eligibility for the summer is subject to the maximum annual loan limits. Federal loans disbursed in the summer will reduce your academic year eligibility. 

Direct PLUS Loans are awarded to parents of undergraduate students. These loans can cover the student's cost of education for the summer that exceeds other aid received. PLUS 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. Repayment begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed but repayment can be deferred until after student’s graduation.

To apply for a summer PLUS Loan go to https://.studentloans.gov and indicate a loan period of June 20118 to September 2018.

Private Loans: These loans will be offered to students who receive the maximum award amounts under the federal loan program for the summer and the academic year and still require additional funding. 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 are awarded a private loan, see the Private Loan Guide available  under the school year section of our Forms and Publications page.

Summer Disbursements

Financial Aid and Scholarships will verify your enrollment status before disbursing funds to your account. You must be enrolled in at least 6 units before we can release your aid to your BruinBill account. Disbursements start 10 days before the first day of summer sessions. When aid is disbursed to BruinBill, it will pay your Summer tuition and fees. A refund will be generated for any balance remaining 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, students need to enroll in a minimum of 6 units (half-time status). A minimum of 8 units is required to qualify for summer University Grant.

Aid will be subject to cancellation if you drop below half-time status. Some programs (Federal Pell Grant and Summer University Grant) require enrollment in 12 units to receive full eligibility. 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. If you 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.

EXAMPLES OF SUMMER AID RECALCULATION

Example #1: On-time undergraduate enrolled in 9 units for session A (6 weeks) and 6 units for session C. All aid was disbursed 10 days prior to Session A start date. The following shows the total cost of attendance and awards:
Cost of Attendance $9,339 (15 units, 12 weeks of enrollment)
Pell Grant $1,882
University Grant $2,200
Student completed 9 units from session A but did not attend session C. Financial Aid Adjustments:
Cost of Attendance $5,173 (adjusted to session A only)
Bill based on Units $1,021 ($4,082 original awards at full-time minus $3,061 revised awards at 9 units (3/4 time))
Bill based on Withdrawal $1,833 (Pell and University grants are further reduced based on unearned aid percentage)
Total Summer Bill $2,854

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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