Costs & Financial Aid

Summer Academy Benefits:

  • All Academy students receive 25% off Summer Session tuition!

  • All students pay the same low tuition rates in summer including out-of-state and international students!

  • Financial Aid is available! 

  • Discounted on-campus housing - greatly reduced cost in comparison to fall, winter, or spring!

Tuition and Fees

Regular Summer Session tuition for all students (in-state, out-of-state, international) is $273 per credit. Academy students are offered an additional 25% discount on tuition (woohoo!), which reduces the per credit cost to $204.75 (academy students must remain enrolled in the required 2-credit academic success course to receive this discount). 

  • $204.75 per credit x 7 credits = $1,433.25 for Tuition

All Summer Session and Summer Academy students who take classes on-campus over the summer are charged a required $287 campus fee. This fee gives students unlimited access to libraries, computer labs, the fitness center, pool, courts, metro buses, bike shuttles... the whole campus is yours!

  •  $287 Campus Fee + $1,433.25 Tuition = $1,720.25 for Tuition and Fees

Books and supplies vary by what classes you enroll in.  Some art classes and science labs have small 'materials fees'. Some classes have more than 5 credits, like sciences with required labs. If you take more than 7 credits, your tuition (and aid) will increase accordingly.

Housing and Dining Costs

  • Summer Academy housing is offered at a significantly discounted rate in comparison to fall, winter, and spring quarters with options ranging from a single (a room to yourself) to a quad room (a room with 3 roommates). Housing and dining rates vary depending on room type, please see the Summer Academy Housing website for more information.

Health Insurance

  • Students are required to have health insurance. You will be signed up for the UCSC health insurance (called UCSHIP) for $322.99 for the summer. 
  • If you already have health insurance, you can waive UC SHIP by providing proof that your insurance meets the UC requirements.

For more information visit the Student Health Center website or email  

Estimated Summer Academy Costs:

Type of Expense Cost
Program Registration $50
Tuition for 7 Credits $1,433.25
Campus Fee $287
Housing & Dining ~$1,800 Estimated
Total: ~$3,500 Estimated

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office offers up to $3,061 in grant funding for First Year Academy Students. Visit the Financial Aid website for more information on the steps to apply for Summer Academy aid.

Contact the Financial Aid & Scholarship office with questions at 831-459-2963.