UCLA Summer Financial aid is available to eligible UCLA students, including newly admitted students.
If you need financial aid for the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) or UCDC Program, you do not have to submit a separate financial aid application. Financial Aid and Scholarships will receive the information we need from the International Education Office (for EAP) and the UCLA Career Center (for UCDC) in order to award you Financial Aid.
NOTE: If your Degree Candidacy term is Spring 2021, you will not be eligible for Summer 2021 financial aid. If you are interested in receiving Financial Aid, you must update your Degree Candidacy term on MyUCLA to Summer 2021.
- Financial Aid is available for one eligible summer program ( i.e. Summer Sessions, Summer Cross Campus, Summer Travel or Summer Institutes ) per academic year. UCLA does not provide financial aid to students enrolled in non-UCLA summer programs
- Non-UCLA students should consult the Financial Aid Office at their home institution for information about summer assistance.
- UCLA students in a dismissed status are not eligible for financial aid
Calculate Potential Summer Aid
SUMMER FINANCIAL AID CALCULATOR
This calculator is intended to estimate awards for students enrolled in UCLA Summer Sessions. If you plan to enroll in Summer Travel, Summer Session at another UC, Summer Institute, Education Abroad Program, Freshman/Transfer Summer Program or UCDC Program, the results from the summer calculator will not be accurate.
The Summer Session Application opens April 1st on MyUCLA . For priority funding consideration, students must submit their Summer Session Application by April 30th deadline. Summer Session Application will be available on MyUCLA until early September.
Please be advised that you can receive aid for only one summer program.
If you are eligible to receive other summer aid (i.e. Veteran's waiver, Athletic Scholarship, etc) please note that your summer financial aid may need to be adjusted to include your other summer award.
All awards produced by this calculator are estimated and based on availability of funding. The award information displayed is based on the information you provide on your Financial Aid Application. If you provide inaccurate information about the sessions that you will attend or the number of units you take, the result will be inaccurate.
Our calculator also assumes that you have not reached the maximum aggregate limits on federal and state funding and that you are in good Satisfactory Academic Progress standing.
Summer Programs - Dates and Information
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. The College Summer Institute financial aid application opens on April 1st via MyUCLA. More information about the College Summer Institute can be found on the New Student and Transition Programs website.
Summer Session Application is available April 1st on MyUCLA. For priority funding consideration, we encourage all students fill out the Summer Session Application early. Application closes early September.
- This application is needed for UCLA students who plan on taking courses during a Summer Session at UCLA. Financial aid for Summer Session will be awarded for total combined units (i.e. A or A+C) .
- Students in the College Summer Institute program should also complete this application.
- The non-refundable processing fee or registration fee of $150 will be assessed if all courses are dropped regardless of whether instruction has begun. All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Summer Travel Program
Summer Travel programs combine the excitement of studying abroad and the academic rigor of classes taught by UCLA faculty. The UCLA Summer Travel program is open to students from any college or university and Financial Aid is available to UCLA students. Scholarships are also available for qualified students via the Summer Session Office. For additional information about the Summer Travel Program, view our Summer Travel guide available under the Forms and Publications section of the Financial Aid Website.
Travel Application is available March 1- April 3rd on MyUCLA. Application closes on April 3, 2021.
Summer Travel study requires a $300 non-refundable deposit for the program. Students can cancel their enrollment in the Summer Travel Program until April 8th, but the $300 deposit will not be refunded. After April 8th, students who cancel are responsible for the full program cost. Summer
Travel Application is available March 1- April 3rd on MyUCLA. Application closes on April 3, 2021.
Summer Travel study requires a $300 non-refundable deposit for the program. Students can cancel their enrollment in the Summer Travel Program until April 8th, but the $300 deposit will not be refunded. After April 8th, students who cancel are responsible for the full program cost.
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. A list of programs available can be found on the Summer Institute Website .
- Summer Institute Application available April 1st – June 1st on MyUCLA. Application closes on June 1, 2021
- Summer Institute Programs are NOT the same as the College Summer Institute. Students participating in the College Summer Institute should complete the general Summer Session Financial Aid Application
- Students pay a $150 non-refundable deposit
Cross Campus Summer Program
Financial Aid is available to UCLA students enrolled in summer sessions at another UC (including summer travel) as long as the program does not start before the end of UCLA's academic year.
- Cross Campus Application is available between April 1 - 30 on MyUCLA. For priority funding consideration, we highly encourage students to fill out the application between April 1 - 30th. Application closes on June 12, 2021.
- The Cross Campus Application is to be completed by UCLA students who are participating in a summer program at another UC. This includes any summer travel programs through another UC or summer session courses at another UC.
- Student participation in non-UC programs through a Consortium Agreement are not eligible for Financial Aid.
Financial Aid is available to cover the costs of UC Washington Center Summer Program for UCLA students who are enrolled half time (6 units) or more while participating in the program. A Summer Aid application is not required. Financial Aid and Scholarships will receive a roster of participating students from the UCDC program coordinator. Please visit the UCDC Website for more program related information.
Education Abroad Programs (EAP)
Financial aid is available to cover the costs of the Education Abroad program for the UCLA students enrolled in the program. A summer aid application is not required. Financial Aid and Scholarships will receive a roster of participating students from the International Education Office. Please visit the International Education Office- EAP Program Website for program related information and the UC-EAP Section of the Financial Aid and Scholarships website.
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 DREAM application before the March 2nd priority application deadline.
STEP 2: Complete a Summer Aid Application
Summer Aid Program Applications are available on MyUCLA. Application availability dates vary per summer program. Please refer to the Summer Programs Application Dates and Information section of this page or MyUCLA for information about 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.
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.
These funds are need based and do not have to be repaid. Summer grants are offered to undergraduate students only.
Federal Pell Grant: is awarded to students who file a FAFSA and do not exceed the Expected Family contribution range established by the US Department of Education. Award amounts will vary depending on a students Expected Family Contribution and unit enrollment.
University Grant: is awarded to students who file an on-time FAFSA or DREAM application. Students enrolled in less than 8 units are ineligible for University Grant funds in the Summer.
8 units = $2000
9-11 units = $3000 12+ units = $4000
Cal Grants: are offered to FAFSA and DREAM applicants who graduate early and will not need their Cal Grant during the academic year. Award amounts 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: offered to on-time FAFSA eligible students who demonstrate financial need and request work-study on their summer application. The maximum award amount is $1800 (subject to change based on availability of summer funding). Students can work 20 hours per week.
The Direct Loan Program consists of low-interest Subsidized (need-based) and Unsubsidized (non-need based) loans funded by the US Department of Education. Loans are available to FAFSA eligible students. Additional information about the Direct Loan Program is available under the Guides & Publications section on the Financial Aid & Scholarships Website.
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 offered to parents of undergraduate students via the student's Financial Aid Notification. A separate application with the US Department of Education is required in order to determine final eligibility. PLUS loans are available only to borrowers who do not have adverse credit histories. Final eligibility is determined by the US Department of Education. Interest begins to accrue from the date of disbursement. Repayment begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed but can be deferred until graduation.
To complete the summer PLUS Loan Application, visit the US Department of Education - Parent Plus Loan page and indicate a loan period of June 2021 to September 2021.
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.
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. Financial Aid and Scholarships 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.
EXAMPLE OF SUMMER AID RECALCULATION
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)|
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.