Summer Aid

Summer Financial Aid is available to eligible admitted UC Berkeley students enrolled in summer session.

What’s Required to be Eligible?

  • Submit a 2020-21 FAFSA or California Dream Act application by June 1
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 units for summer
  • Be a continuing or admitted UC Berkeley Graduate or Undergraduate student who meets the following criteria:
    • Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements; AND
    • Have a complete financial aid file for the 2020-21 year prior to June 30, 2021; AND
    • Be an active and enrolled student in the spring semester who has not been dismissed; OR
    • Be returning Undergraduate or Graduate student who has been re-admitted to the upcoming fall semester and is meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements; OR
    • Be a graduating senior who is completing degree requirements during Summer session*.

*NOTE: Students that have completed all of their degree and major requirements prior to summer are NOT eligible.

What’s the Process?

For continuing students enrolled in a minimum of 6 units, there is no separate application needed to apply for summer financial aid and Summer awarding will begin in late March. You can view and accept/decline your summer awards in CalCentral once awarding begins.

For newly admitted Fall students, you must have a complete FAFSA or California Dream Application from the year prior on file and be enrolled in 6 or more Summer session units. Once awarding begins, you can view and accept/decline your summer awards in CalCentral.

Summer financial aid awards are disbursed no earlier than 10 days before the start of your first session.

The deadline to accept your summer financial aid offer is 2 weeks before your session ends and no later than July 31.

Estimate Your Aid

Not sure if summer is right for you? Estimate your cost and financial aid for Summer Sessions, Summer Abroad, or Global Internships. Log into CalCentral, go to My Finances, navigate to the Financial Resources area on the right side of the page. Scroll down to the Summer Sessions heading and click on Summer Cost and Aid Estimator.

Received Summer Aid, but are Dropping, Cancelling, or Failing* a Course?

Dropping a course may result in your financial aid awards being revised. Awards are based on total Summer units enrolled and the duration of summer instruction. Therefore, dropping a course may cause an adjustment to your summer financial aid package.

Cancelling a course may result in you being billed for a portion or all of your summer financial aid.

If you drop/cancel below 6 units, your aid may be canceled. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 units to receive financial aid.

*Failing or not passing summer courses due to non-attendance may result in you being billed for a portion or all of your summer financial aid.

NOTE: Your financial aid package is revised any time there is a change in your enrollment status during Summer Session. Please review the withdrawal information for details on how an enrollment change may affect your aid.

Know The Dates, Beat The Deadlines

April 5 Intercampus Application For Summer Aid is available.
May 24 First day to apply for an Emergency Loan for summer.
June 1 Priority deadline for ALL STUDENTS to submit a 2020-21 FAFSA or California Dream Application to be considered for summer financial aid. This ensures that your FAFSA or Dream Act Application will be processed before applications can no longer be submitted for the aid year.
June 18 Students in Session A Only: Priority deadline to accept all loans, submit a Federal Direct PLUS Loan request and/ or complete any Subsidized or Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note or Entrance Counseling form to ensure disbursement before Summer Session A ends.
June 25 Deadline to submit an Intercampus Application for Summer Financial Aid. *If your specific Summer Intercampus session ends prior to June 28, the Intercampus Application must be submitted at least two weeks prior to your session end date to ensure processing.
June 30 Last day to submit or make corrections to a 2020-21  FAFSA or California Dream Act Application. You will be unable to apply for summer aid after June 30th.
July 23 Deadline to submit Student Child Care Expense Appeal if you are in any session other than Session A or in any combination of sessions. Student parents only.
July 30 Priority deadline to accept all loans, submit a Federal Direct PLUS Loan request and/ or complete any Subsidized or Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note or Entrance Counseling form for any sessions ending August 13, 2021 to ensure disbursement before the end of the session.​
August 13 Last day to apply for an Emergency Loan for summer.

Summer Aid Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering if you’re eligible for summer financial aid?
Are you considering participating in a special program, such as the Education Abroad Program, this summer?

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is here to help you with your summer aid questions! Check out some frequently asked questions to help you in determining if you are eligible for summer aid.