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Important Updates

Summer FAQs

This information is subject to change. Please check back often for updates. For questions relating to how the Coronavirus pandemic may affect your financial aid, please see COVID-19 FAQs

  • When can I sign up for summer financial aid?
  • The summer application process begins on April 26. For financial aid purposes, no application is required unless you are attending another UC or a newly admitted student for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Is my 2020-21 FAFSA/Dream Act Application used to award summer financial aid?
  • Yes, the current 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)/California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is used for the summer term. If you have not filed a 2020-21 FAFSA/CADAA, please do so by June 30, 2021.
  • Do I need to file a 2021-22 FAFSA/CADAA to be eligible for summer financial aid?
  • No. Summer financial aid eligibility will be calculated using the 2020-21 FAFSA/CADAA.
  • What is full-time and part-time status during the summer?
  • During the summer six (6) units are considered part-time and 12 units are considered full-time.
  • How much is one unit during the summer?
  • Please see Summer Sessions.
  • Do I have to pay the Summer Campus Fee each summer session?
  • Students are required to pay the campus fee for each session they are attending. Please see Summer Sessions.
  • Will I receive the same amount of financial aid during the summer compared to the regular quarter?
  • No. Summer financial aid is awarded separately from the academic year. Students need to be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) units to be eligible for most summer financial aid.
  • Is financial aid different each session?
  • The amount of financial aid a student receives is based on the total number of units and sessions in which the student is enrolled. Please see our Cost of Attendance for summer to get a better idea.
  • Do I need to notify the Financial Aid office if I change units?
  • Yes. If you have been awarded financial aid and you have changed the number of enrolled units, you will then notify the financial aid office with a Summer Change in Aid form.
  • When will I get my Summer Advantage Grant?
  • If you have participated in a minimum of 10 units, the Summer Advantage Grant will be disbursed after the census date. See Billing and Disbursement for more information.
  • Do I need to participate through the Academic Participation link for the summer?
  • Yes, you need to confirm academic participation for each session and course you are attending. Please use the link through your MyUCDavis
  •  If I do not participate in 10 units, will my Summer Advantage Grant be canceled?
  • Yes.
  • When is financial aid disbursed for summer?
  • Financial aid will be disbursed according to the units and sessions in which you are enrolled. Please see Billing and Disbursement.
  • When will I receive my summer refund?
  • You can find summer refund dates at Billing and Disbursement.
  • I have decided not to attend summer; how do I cancel my classes and how will my financial aid be impacted?
  • Please visit Canceling or Withdrawing During Summer. It is important to understand the potential impact canceling or withdrawing may have on your financial aid.
  • I am a new admit for the 2021-22 school year; can I attend summer?
  • Yes, there are certain requirements for new admits that should be followed. Please visit Newly Admitted Freshman and Transfer Students.
  • I was admitted into the STEP program for the summer; will I need to file the 2020-21 FAFSA or Dream Act Application?
  • Yes. You will need to file a 2020-21 FAFSA/CADAA to be considered for 2021 summer aid
  • Which courses are considered for Summer Abroad?
  • Please visit Study Abroad for more information.
  • Is the cost higher for summer abroad compared to quarter abroad?
  • Summer financial aid is limited which can impact any out-of-pocket costs you may accrue compared to a quarter's worth of financial aid.

  • I’m taking a summer abroad course; when will my financial aid disburse?
  • Since summer abroad is considered a special session course, aid will disburse during summer session one on June 11.
  • Why have I not been packaged for my summer abroad course?
  • Please check to ensure you have registered for 6 or 8 units required for that course.
  • I am going home for the summer; can I attend a different UC during the summer?
  • Yes, please follow the instructions at UC Davis Students Attending Summer at Another UC.
  • am attending a different UC for the summer. Do I need to participate for the courses for which I am registered?
  • Yes. You will receive an email to your UC Davis email address with instructions on how to participate in your registered courses.
  • If I decide to change the UC I am attending for the summer do I need to notify the financial aid office?
  • Yes. Because budgets are different for each UC, you need to notify the financial aid office if you change the UC you are attending for the summer by submitting a Summer Change in Aid form.
  • If I decide not to attend another UC for the summer, do I need to notify the financial aid office?
  • Yes. You will need to submit a Summer Change in Aid form stating you are no longer attending another UC for the summer.
  • If I have graduated but still want to take some classes during the summer, will I still be eligible for financial aid?
  • No. You are not eligible for financial aid as a graduated student.
  • Will I be eligible for financial aid if I have filed to graduate?
  • No, you must be an active student or have filed to walk in order to be eligible for financial aid.
  • My spring quarter Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal was approved. I have met the conditions of my appeal but have a hold remaining for the summer term. Will I be eligible for summer financial aid?
  • Yes, as soon as the spring grades are reviewed and our office determines you have met the required conditions, you will be awarded summer financial aid.
  • I am a Graduate/Professional student, will I be eligible for summer financial aid?
  • No. Graduate/Professional students are not eligible for summer financial aid. Please refer to your program advisors for more information.