Summer Session Financial Aid

 

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships has limited funding available for students attending Summer Session. Apply early. Some awards will be awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis. 
 
Financial aid is available for summer classes at UC Merced, students attending other UC campusesStudents Going Abroad as well as Summer Bridge Students.
 
You must be enrolled in the appropriate amount of units/courses on March 2, 2017 in order to maintain eligibility for financial aid.
 
Eligibility
In order to receive financial aid during Summer Session, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be admitted as regular student at UC Merced for Fall 2017 or a continuing UC Merced student.
  • Complete a 2016-17 FAFSA as soon as possible, but no later than June 30, 2017. You can complete it online at  www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Complete and submit a Summer Session Financial Aid Application (online).
  • Enroll in a minimum of six (6) semester units or nine (9) quarter units.

 
How to Apply
To receive summer financial aid, you must follow these important steps:

  • If you have not already done so, complete a 2016-17 FAFSA as soon as possible, but no later than June 30, 2017. You can complete it online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Complete and submit a Summer Session Financial Aid Application at http://finaidapps.ucmerced.edu/.
  • You must be enrolled and have your 2016-17 FAFSA completed prior to completing the Summer Session Financial Aid Application.
  • Once the Summer Session Financial Aid Application has been submitted, you will receive an email of your "Next Steps."
  • Once your application has been processed, you will receive an email asking you to view and accept your financial aid awards for 2017 Summer Session and complete any outstanding requirements.
  • You will be able to view your status of your Summer Session Financial Aid Application by going to My.UCMerced.edu and viewing your MyChecklist.

 
Costs for Summer Session 
Summer Cost of Attendance (coming soon)
 
Available Funding

  • Federal Direct Student Loan
    Students are eligible to borrow any remaining funds that are available to them from the 2016-17 academic year.
Dependent Student   Independent Student  
Grade Level Subsidized Unsubsidized Grade Level Subsidized Unsubsidized
Freshman $3,500 $2,000 Freshman $3,500 $6,000
Sophomore $4,500 $2,000 Sophomore $4,500 $6,000
Junior/Senior $5,500 $2,000 Junior/Senior $5,500 $7,000

NOTE: Students who have borrowed their full Federal Direct Loan eligibility during the 2016-17 academic year will not be eligible for Federal Direct Student Loans in the summer. If you advance a grade level, you may be eligible to borrow additional loan amounts for summer. [top]

  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
    This loan is available to parents of dependent students. Loans can be certified up to the cost of Summer Session, minus any other financial aid a student may be receiving for summer. PLUS Loans are based on credit approval.
  • Pell Grant
    Pell Grant funds are available for Summer Session for students who have not used the entire amount of their award during the 2016-17 academic year.

 
Fee Payments
Our office will begin disbursing financial aid for eligible students on May 16, 2017.
Be sure you:

 
Disbursements
Disbursement regulations apply. The earliest financial aid funds will disburse to your UC Merced student account is 10 days prior to the start of Summer Session based on enrollment in a minimum of six-semester units. (e.g., if you are enrolled in four units for Session A and enrolled in four units for Session B, financial aid will not disburse until Session B). Financial aid refund checks for summer will be disbursed in the same method as the academic year; either available for pick at the Cashier's Office or deposited directly into your bank account. Notify the Student Business Services Office of any changes in your disbursement information. Refund checks should be available beginning May 17 for on-time applicants who have completed all of the necessary requirements. [top]
 

Frequently Asked Question:

 
What happens if I apply late?
Summer financial aid applications will be accepted until July 10, 2017. After this date, we will no longer be processing summer financial aid. [top]
 
What happens if I make changes to my course load?
In order to remain eligible for summer financial aid, you must complete the number of units specified on your application. If you fail to complete the units indicated on your application, you may be billed for all or part of your summer aid. If you withdraw from all Summer Session coursework, you may be billed for the financial aid you received. [top]
 
What happens to my financial aid if I attend a different UC campus?
Your financial aid will disburse to your UC Merced student account after the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office verifies your enrollment. You will have to use the balance of your financial aid funds to pay off summer charges at the school where you will be enrolled (fees will not be paid automatically). The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will verify your progress at the end of the summer. You may be billed if you complete less than six-semester units or if you attend a different session than what was listed on your Summer Financial Aid Application. [top]
NOTE: Summer aid will pay off any charges that exist on your student account before your financial aid remainder check is issued. [top]
 
What happens to my financial aid if I study abroad?
Students planning to study abroad during summer need to complete the Summer Session Financial Aid Application listing what program they are participating in. Students planning to study abroad need to meet all eligibility requirements listed above. A financial aid advisor will be contacting you via email to review your summer financial aid for your specific program.  Please contact the financial aid office if you have questions. [top]
 
What happens to my financial aid if I attend a Summer Bridge program?
This eight-week summer intensive curriculum will enable prospective students to begin their university career early. They will discover what skills and behaviors students need to be successful in the university setting — and to begin developing those skills. Earning course credit for Academic Writing (Writing 01) or Pre-Calculus (Math 05) allows Summer Bridge students to enter their fall semester with a head start on earning graduation credits. For more information about Summer Bridge Financial Aid (Cal Dream Act or FAFSA) or Summer Bridge. Please click the following links for more information about FAFSA applicants and California Dream Act Applicants. [top]
 
Please refer to the Summer Sessions website for information on courses, registration, calendar and other information