Current UCSC Student

You are a current student if: 

  • You took classes at UCSC this spring.
  • You have been on a Leave of Absence (LOA) but are returning effective this Summer.
  • You are a former student who has been readmitted for this Summer.

New to Summer Classes?


  • Enrollment opens May 1 at 9 a.m. 
    • January - Summer Courses and instructors are listed on our website 
    • March 15 - Course details are available in Class Search 
    • May 1 - To enroll in summer classes: log on to and add summer classes to your cart like you would for the rest of the year.
  • If you applied to graduate in spring, you will not see the option for summer classes. To fix this, you need to change your proposed graduation to summer by submitting the Apply/Reapply for Graduation (Undergraduates) form to the Registrar. If you were enrolled at UCSC in Spring and did not apply to graduate but do not see an option for summer enrollment, email Include your Student ID# in your inquiries. If you apply to graduate in summer, you can still be eligible to walk in spring commencement
  • If you did not take classes this spring but have attended UCSC in the past and did not graduate, visit our former UCSC student page for the next steps.
  • Since enrollment for the summer quarter is optional, students aren't considered "part-time" or "full-time."
  • If you are paying out of pocket, there are no minimum credits required (Financial Aid eligibility has minimums). 

Retakes and Repeats

  • You cannot retake a class until your failing grade posts in your MyUCSC/My Academics/Grades.
  • If you are repeating a course over the summer, read this advisor approved advice.  


  • There is no credit minimum in summer.
  • There is a 15 credit maximum per session.
  • There is a 30 credit maximum for the entire summer.  

If you would like to exceed this maximum, you need permission from your college advisor, who should email

Allowable Quarters

  • Taking Summer Session classes does not count towards your total allowable quarters. Students who entered as first years and who need more time to complete requirements are allowed a maximum of 225 credits and 15 quarters (five academic years) of enrollment. Students who began as junior transfers are allowed a maximum of 135 UCSC credits and 9 quarters (three academic years). This excludes summer quarter.

  • Financial aid allows up to 15 quarters of financial aid eligibility for entering first year students to complete a degree. Transfer credits can reduce the maximum quarters of aid eligibility. Summer Session counts towards the maximum quarters of financial aid eligibility. For every 15 credits earned during summer session(s), one quarter of financial aid eligibility will be used.
  • To learn more about the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Eligibility Components, click here. 

  • Individual circumstances can vary. Contact your college advisor if you have questions about your maximum allowable quarters.


  • If you're in a summer prereq during the spring quarter, that's great - your portal will see spring classes and allow you to enroll in summer.
  • If you need a Summer Session 1 class that's a prereq of a Session 2 class, enroll in the Session 1 class.  Contact our office (, and we can get you enrolled in the Session 2 class.
  • If you're failing a spring class that you want to re-take in the summer, you need to wait until the spring grade posts to add the summer class.


  • If you cannot attend a course you're enrolled in, you must drop yourself. Instructors do not drop students for non-attendance. If you are enrolled, you will be responsible for paying the tuition unless you drop by the deadline
  • After you drop, your tuition will recalculate in 24 hours, removing the tuition for the credits you dropped.


  • Check our calendar for session dates and add, drop, and withdraw from course deadlines over the summer. 


  • See our fees page for the per-credit tuition rate, plus the one-time campus fee. 

Financial Aid

  • UCSC students eligible for Financial Aid should review the summer aid information or contact the office.
  • Use the Summer Grant Calculator to help estimate the grant amount you may receive for the summer.
  • Summer Financial aid is available for current, matriculated UC Santa Cruz students who enroll in the Summer Quarter at another UC campus. 
  • Find the Summer Disbursement & Refund informationDue to federal regulations, eligible financial aid disbursements are applied to your student account no earlier than 10 business days prior to the start of instruction.

VA Benefits


  • Pay for Only 10 Credits - This summer, all current and incoming UCSC and UC undergraduates will only pay for 10 credits for summer tuition. This means UC students can take more classes but pay for only 10 credits in tuition, making it less expensive to make degree progress this summer. You can see this illustrated on the summer UC campus fee table.

Summer Sticker

  • If you are enrolled in Summer Session, starting June 20, you can bring your student ID Card to the Summer Session Office (Hahn 257).