Welcome to Summer in Santa Cruz!

As part of UCSC’s Summer Session, visiting students from across the country can choose from over 300 different classes across 30 departments. Students earn UC transferrable credits in half the time of Fall/Winter/Spring quarter, and enjoy summer in Santa Cruz!

You are a Visiting Student if you are:

All visiting students must register annually to enroll in courses. If you were admitted to and attended UCSC in the past during a fall/winter/spring quarter, but did not graduate, follow the next steps on our former UCSC student page

Next Steps to Attend UC Santa Cruz Summer Session:

  1. 2020 Registration is closed.


  • Tuition is $279 per credit, see the Visiting Students section on our fees page for more details. 

Adding, Dropping, Requesting "W" Grade

  • YOU must officially drop your course by the deadline to avoid receiving an F or NP (No Pass) and being responsible for tuition and fees.
  • There are no automatic drops over summer
    • Even if you never attend class - you need to drop yourself
    • Even if you don't pay - you need to drop yourself
  • UCSC Summer Session policies differ from other campuses. Read through our policies regarding adding, dropping, refunds, and deadline exceptions carefully.


  • If you complete 15 or more credits, we'll take $680 off! Find out more on the Tuition and Fees page. 

Financial Aid

  • Ask the school you are visiting from if you have remaining aid for this summer to use here at UCSC.
  • If you are from another UC and you are aid eligible, check with your home campus to receive your package.

If You Chose Not to Attend:

  • If you filled out a registration form but did not pay the $50 fee, you can email summer@ucsc.edu and let us know so we stop messaging you. We will cancel your registration.
  • If you registered, and paid your $50 non-refundable fee, but never enrolled in classes, there is no action required. Have a good summer. 
  • If you cannot attend a course you're enrolled in; you MUST DROP yourself. Instructors do not drop students for not attending or not paying. If you do not drop yourself from a course, you will be responsible for paying the tuition for it.