Summer Financial Aid

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Summer Financial Aid

UC Davis students attending summer may be eligible to receive financial aid to assist with costs. UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships will begin packaging students for summer 2021 by the end of May. Students will be notified via their UC Davis email once their financial aid package is available.

Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements

Limited funds are available for UC Davis undergraduates who:

  • Filed a 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application
  • Meet other campus basic requirements for aid eligibility (for example, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, not be in default on student loans, not be in overpayment of a federal grant, etc.)
  • Have not filed to graduate for spring quarter 2021

AND meet one of the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled at UC Davis during spring quarter 2021
  • On an approved Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP) during spring quarter 2021
  • Freshman or transfer student admitted for fall quarter 2021

Types of Financial Aid

The type of summer funding a student is eligible for is determined by information from a student's 2020-21 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application. Depending on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), students may be offered a variety of assistance that may be comprised of more than one award type. Factors that may affect financial aid eligibility include income level, enrollment status, grade point average, and aid used during the regular academic year.

Admitted or continuing students must log in to MyAwards to view their aid package and requirements. Types of aid offered in aid packages may include GrantsLoansScholarshipsSpecial Program funds, or Defined Assistance Programs.


Grants are need-based awards that do not need to be repaid as long as the student maintains eligibility. Available summer grants may include:

  • Pell Grant
    • Disbursement is dependent on enrollment status. Enrollment status is determined by the number of units registered; wait-listed units do not count towards enrollment status.
  • Cal Grant
    • Cal Grants will be awarded only to graduating seniors with remaining eligibility. Our office will notify these students after eligibility has been confirmed with the California Student Aid Commission.
  • Dream Grant
    • For California Dream Act applicants.
  • Campus Fee Grant
  • Summer University Grant
    • Awarded when a student has enrolled and academically participated in 6-9.5 units in one or both sessions
  • Summer Advantage Grant
    • Awarded when a student has enrolled and academically participated in 10+ units total in one or both sessions. 


During the summer, students are offered unused loan amounts from the regular academic year. Loans offered may include:

  • Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans
  • Parent PLUS Loan
  • University Student Loan

Please see Important Dates for loan deadlines. For more information regarding loans, please visit our Loan section.

Alternative Loans

Alternative loans are available during the Summer term. Please review eligibility on our Alternative Loans page.