Costs & Financial Aid

Summer Edge Grant for Incoming Studentspromise award graphic

All students with high financial need, as determined by the FAFSA or Dream Act Application, are eligible for the Summer Edge Promise Award. This award covers the 7-credit Summer Edge Program minimum tuition and Campus Fee.

Financial Aid

Students with greater financial need may be eligible for additional need-based aid, but must submit their 2023-2024 FAFSA or Dream Application by June 30. This is in addition to the 2024-2025 FAFASA or Dream Application. For more information on how to apply, eligibility requirements, and grant estimates for Summer Edge, visit the Financial Aid Website

Note: Receiving Edge aid funding does not decrease your four-year aid eligibility. To speak with the Financial Aid Office, visit their Zoom Drop-In Advising .

Students who withdraw their SIR or are canceled for failure to meet their Conditions of Admission will be billed back for any disbursed financial aid.

Calculating Your Tuition and Fees

Individual costs can vary based on the courses you take. These estimates are for a 5-week, 7-credit program. See our chart below for the adjusted tuition costs when adding more credits. 

Calculating Costs

Type of Expense


Tuition for 7 Credits $1,953 ($279 per credit)
Campus Fee $341.90
Housing & Dining (optional) $2,690.64 (estimate for a large triple room)
Total ~$4,985.54


UC SHIP Health Insurance 

The University of California Regents mandates that all students be covered by a health insurance plan. Because it is required, all Edge students are automatically enrolled in and charged for UC SHIP unless they submit an online insurance waiver by the summer deadline confirming acceptable health insurance coverage. 

To waive out of UC SHIP you must complete an online waiver. Note: Once accepted, the waiver is in effect for the current quarter with continuous coverage. This means if you enroll in Session 1 classes you will be covered throughout summer and until the beginning of fall quarter regardless of enrollment in Session 2.


New fall admits can use their GI Bill for the preceding summer if the courses fulfill their degree requirements. Contact the UCSC VA Certifying Official at for more information.

Adding Additional Credits

All Summer Edge students will take a minimum of 7 credits for the program (this is in addition to the mandatory 1-credit Slug Orientation Course which all new students are required to take and is billed separately). Cost is per credit, so adding more classes means your tuition will increase, however if you take more than 10 credits you will only pay for 10

Table A: Cost per credit
Number of Credits 

Edge Tuition + Campus Fee

7 (Edge Minimum)

$2294.90 [covered by the Promise Award if eligible]


9 $2,852.90
10 $3131.90
11 - Pay for 10 Discount $3131.90
12 - Pay for 10 Discount $3131.90
13 - Pay for 10 Discount $3131.90
14 - Pay for 10 Discount $3131.90
15 - Pay for 10 Discount $3131.90


Payment and Refunds

You do not have to pay before your courses start. You can begin paying any time after charges post to your account until the final deadline of August 12

Electronic payments (eCheck, Credit Card, or 529 Savings Plan online payments) are the safest and most convenient way to pay your balance. Online payments through UCSC eBill/ePay are posted to your student account within one business day.  

Students eligible for financial aid will receive aid shortly before the session begins (if you enrolled by June 1, if you enrolled after, it will be later). Make sure to accept any aid offers in your MyUCSC Student Portal. It will credit directly to your billing account, and any remaining tuition and fees can be paid using the payment options on the Student Business Services website.

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