Graduate Student

You are a UCSC Graduate student if you: 

  • Took graduate-level classes at UC Santa Cruz in spring 2021
  • If you are a graduate student from another college or university, you are not eligible for independent studies at UC Santa Cruz, you can take undergraduate Summer Session courses by registering as a visiting student


To Enroll:

We use DocuSign for completing and approving forms that previously required a manual signature and routing. 

  1. To complete this form, you will need the name and emails of your Faculty Sponsor and your Department Chair or Graduate Adviser. You must use their UCSC email addresses (not an alias or general adviser email).
  2. You will be required to authenticate your form. An email will come to your UCSC email to complete the authentication process.
  3. Once you have signed your form, it is routed to your faculty sponsor, then your department chair or graduate advisor to e-sign.
  4. Once they have e-signed, all parties will receive an email of the completed form and the Summer Session staff will enroll you within 3 business days – you will see it successfully in your portal once you’re enrolled.

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These are considered 10-week sessions – you can complete the work anytime within the ten weeks. If you have any questions, email


  1. Tuition for Graduate Independent/Individual Studies is:
    • $349 per credit
    • $698 for a 2-credit course
    • $1745 for a 5-credit course
    • $3490 for a 10-credit course
  2. There is a non-refundable $50 cancellation fee if you drop ALL credits. 
  3. Graduate Independent/Individual Studies students are NOT charged the campus fee and therefore do not receive an ID sticker for Summer but can purchase an OPERS membership and bus or parking passes for significantly less than the campus fee.  
*2020 Fees

Important Dates:

  • May 1 - enrollment opens, and we can then start processing your forms (please allow up to two weeks for the Summer Session Office to set up the course and enroll you)
  • July 23 - last day to submit a petition
  • July 26 - last day to drop 
  • August 13 - last day to request "W" grade


  • UCSC graduate student taking an undergraduate course pays the $279* per credit rate plus the Campus Fee and is subject to the dates and deadlines for whatever session the class is in. Enroll in your MyUCSC portal. *(2020 price)