Summer Aid

Summer Financial Aid Information

Summer 2021 Financial Aid information is published in March for the upcoming summer session term. Information on this page is general and updates are made as we recevie them. For more detailed financial aid information, including policies, procedures and terms, please visit the policy information section of our website.

Students must have a 2020-2021 FAFSA or CADAA on file to be eligible for Summer 2021 financial aid. 

Students do not need to submit a subsequent application to request financial aid. Our office will award financial aid based off actual summer enrollment data. The summer estimator/calculator can help with planning and providing an estimate of what your summer aid may look like based on the units and sessions you input.

  • Important Dates

    April 5 - Financial Aid Estimator/Calculator available on My Aid Status

    June 30 - Last day to submit a 2020-2021 FAFSA or CADAA
  • Enrollment

    • Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 units in order to be eligible for summer financial aid. 
    • Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 4 units in order to be eligible for summer financial aid.
    • If enrollment changes after you have been awarded, we may modify your award on targeted dates which could result in billing adjustments.
  • Eligible Students

    • Students who have not graduated or declared to graduate
    • Newly admitted students for the upcoming fall term
    • Returning UCSB students to complete an incomplete degree
    • Newly admitted and continuing graduate students
  • Ineligible Students

    • Students who are academically dismissed
    • Students who are not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • Non-UCSB students, as determined by the UCSB Office of the Registrar
    • Other reasons may apply - see our Policy Information section for more details
  • Packaging Information

    Our office will began awarding students for summer in mid-May. Awarding will continue weekly throughout the summer based on when students enroll in courses. Once awarded, we will repackage students on the targeted dates listed below, if there has been a change of enrollment data from the time the student was initially packaged.

    These targeted repackaging dates are as follows:

    • June 29
    • July 20
    • August 10
    • September 1
    If you are inquiring about how your aid will be adjusted if there is a change of enrollment after you were initially awarded, the best estimate we can provide you is through the Summer Estimator on MAS. Your own unique circumstances may allow you to keep more aid or less aid than the estimate provided. As a reminder, this will be determined on the summer repackaging dates listed above.
  • Disbursement Information

    The first day that summer financial aid will begin to post to students’ billing accounts (BARC) is 10 days before the start date of the enrollment period. 

    Loans must be accepted via My Aid Status or on paper before they can be applied to BARC.

    Grants and scholarships are automatically applied to BARC as long the following criteria are met:

    • Student is within valid enrollment period
    • Required documents are submitted and processed by our office
    • Undergraduates are enrolled in at least 6 units and Graduate students in at least 4 units
    • Student is maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • All loan requirements are fulfilled: Master Promissory Notes and Entrance Counseling Interview
  • Attending Another UC for Summer?

    The online UC Cross Campus summer application is now available.
  • Attending a City College for Summer?

    Students who plan to attend City College should contact that schools’ financial aid office to determine if financial aid is available.

Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP)

  • Who is Eligible for Financial Aid?

    Financial aid is available for newly admitted UCSB students for Fall 2021. Students who wish to receive financial aid for the Summer term must file a FAFSA or CADAA and have completed all required verification documents submitted and processed.

    Information on how to complete the appropriate application can be found on How to Apply


    • The 2020-2021 application is only used for the summer term
    • The 2021-2022 application is used for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year
    • June 30, 2021 is the last day to file a 2020-2021 financial aid application

  • What's Next?

    Our office is notified by the Summer Sessions office of the students who will participate in the FSSP program.

    Financial aid will be awarded to you as long as all of the following conditions are met:

    • The 2020-2021 FAFSA or CADAA is submitted successfully by June 30, 2021, not rejected and received by our office
    • All required verification documents, if any, are reviewed and processed
    • Student is enrolled in at least 6 units.
      • Summer aid is awarded based on actual summer enrollment.
  • Where Do I View My Award Letter?

    The financial aid award letter will be viewable on your My Aid Status login page under the 2020-2021 Financial Aid Award Letter tab. If you have questions regarding your award letter and the types of aid awarded, please contact our office.

  • When Will I Receive My Financial Aid?

    Disbursement Timeline

    The first day that summer financial aid will begin to post to your billing account (BARC) is 10 days before the start date of the enrollment period.

    Grants and Scholarships

    All grants and scholarships that you are awarded are automatically applied to your BARC account. If you plan to accept student loans, they must be accepted through My Aid Status before they can be applied to your BARC account.


    Loans need to be accepted through My Aid Status. Once accepted, you will be prompted to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling Interview before your loan can credit to BARC. These are done on the site.

  • How Does my Aid Pay my Fees for the Program?

    You should review your award and compare your financial aid awards to the cost of attendance for the Freshman Summer Start Program, including tuition and variable costs, such as books and living expenses.

    If your financial aid exceeds your BARC balance, then you should expect to receive a refund from the BARC office. If your financial aid does not exceed your BARC balance, then you should consider accepting loans or making a payment to the BARC account before the fee payment deadline.

  • When are Refunds Issued?

    Refunds are generated 10 days before the start of the enrollment period and issued by the BARC Office.

    Refunds will be applied via direct deposit unless direct deposit is not set up with BARC. If it is not set up, paper checks will be mailed to your local mailing address.