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Summer Session Financial Aid

The OFAS 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. 


  • Be admitted as a regular student at UC Merced for the upcoming fall or a continuing UC Merced student.
  • Have a completed FAFSA or CADAA for the current academic year on file.
  • Have a completed Summer Session Financial Aid Application on file.
  • Enroll in and complete a minimum of six (6) semester units or nine (9) quarter units (students may take courses at other UC campuses in the summer).

How to Apply

  • Enroll in UC Merced summer session courses (at least 6 units) or other UC summer courses (at least 6 semester units or 9 quarter units).
  • Complete a FAFSA or CADAA for the current academic year as soon as possible, but no later than June 30 of the current calendar year.
  • Complete and submit a Summer Session Financial Aid Application.

What’s Next

  • Once the Summer Session Financial Aid Application has been submitted, you will receive an email of your "Next Steps."
  • When your application has been processed, you will receive an email asking you to view and accept your financial aid awards and complete any outstanding requirements.
  • You will be able to view the status of your Summer Session Financial Aid Application by going to and viewing your MyChecklist.
  • Financial aid funds will disburse no more than 10 days prior to the beginning of the first UC Merced summer session in which your combined enrollment reaches at least 6 units. For example, if you are enrolled in 4 units in Session A and 4 units in Session B, your aid will disburse at the start of Session B. If you are taking courses at another UC campus, your aid will disburse prior to the first UC Merced session. 

Costs for Summer Session

2024 Summer Budgets
6-Week Enrollment
(A or C)
8-Week Enrollment
(B or B&C)
12-Week Enrollment 
(A&B or A&C)
*Fees are listed below
*Fees are listed below
*Fees are listed below
Books & Supplies
Books & Supplies
Books & Supplies
Living Expenses
Living Expenses
Living Expenses

*Note-Summer Session fees for undergraduate students are $419/unit and Campus Fees are a flat rate of $316 regardless of units. 

Available Funding

  • Federal Direct Student Loan
    You will be awarded any remaining funds that are available to you from the current academic year.
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
    This loan is available to your parents if you are a dependent student. Loans can be certified up to the cost of Summer Session, minus any other financial aid you may be receiving for summer. PLUS Loans are based on credit approval.
  • Pell Grant
    Pell Grant funds are available for Summer Session. Pell grants are awarded based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the current academic year and the number of units you are enrolled in.
  • Bobcat Grant
    Bobcat Grant funds are limited and awarded to eligible students on a first come, first-served basis.  Bobcat Grant funds are awarded based on financial need.

 NOTE: Students who have borrowed their full Federal Direct Loan eligibility during the current 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.

Please visit the Summer Session website for information on courses, registration, calendar, etc.