Summer Aid

Summer Financial Aid Information

Summer 2022 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 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act Application (CADAA) on file to be eligible for financial aid for Summer 2022.

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

    Mid April - The Financial Aid Estimator will be available on My Aid Status

    June 30, 2022 - Last day to submit a 2021-2022 FAFSA or CADA Application
  • Enrollment Requirements

    • Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 units, over all sessions, in order to be eligible for summer financial aid. 
    • Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 4 units, over all sessions, 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.
  • Awarding Timeline and Award Revisions

    • Our office will began awarding summer aid in mid-May. Awarding will continue weekly throughout the summer based on when you enroll in courses.
    • Once awarded, we will revise your award if there has been a change of enrollment data from the time you were initially awarded. The targeted dates will be published on this page at the beginning of the summer term.
    • 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 Aid Estimator on My Aid Status. 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.
  • 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 term of which you are enrolled in.

    Loans: Must be accepted on My Aid Status before they can be applied to your BARC account.

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

    • You are within the valid enrollment period. Aid cannot be disbursed if you are not within the 10 day period of your term starting.
    • All 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
    • You are maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Attending Another UC for Summer?

    Financial Aid is available to UCSB students enrolled in summer sessions at another UC.
    • The UC Cross Campus Application is available May 1, 2022 on My Aid Status.
    • This application should be filled out by UCSB students who plan to participate in a summer program at another UC.
    • Students who participate in a non-UC program through a Consortium Agreement are not eligible for financial aid.
      • Wildlands is the only non-UC program that UCSB will offere aid for. Check with our office for additional information.
  • Summer UCDC

    Financial aid is available to cover the costs of the UC Washington Center Program. A summer application is not required since our office will receive a participant list from the UCDC Program Coordinator. We will award you summer financial aid in mid-May.
  • Summer Education Abroad Program (EAP)

    Financial Aid is available for students who attend EAP in the summer. A summer aid application is not needed as our office will receive a participant list from the campus EAP office. We will begin awarding for EAP in late May.

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.