SUMMER SESSION 2020 FAQS
FORMS ***IMPORTANT UPDATES - ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION DURING COVID-19***
Summer Session provides fillable PDF’s due to the move for remote instruction and student support. Students can download the forms needed, complete it and email out for approval via their UC Merced email. Students are responsible for sending forms out via email and for submitting to Students First Center for processing when required. No wet signatures are required--effective immediately we are accepting approval via your @ucmerced.edu email address. We will also accept email approval from your faculty member. No need for you or your faculty member to sign the form.
- Unit fees remain $419 per unit. We have asked about Campus-Based Fees and do not have an answer yet.
- The Financial Aid application remains open. You must be enrolled in at least six (6) units to apply for financial aid at UC Merced.
- Summer Session 2020 is offered online only.
- Basic Technology Needs for Students
- A laptop or computer
- A webcam (if not already built into your computer or laptop)
- Reliable access to the internet
If you do not have access to this basic technology package, please click here.
WHO IS SUMMER SESSION FOR?
- Incoming UC Merced first-year or transfer students who want a jump start on their academic career and transition into university life
- Continuing UC Merced students looking to catch up or get ahead
- Non-UC Students
- Non-Continuing UC Merced Students or Other UC Students
- High School Students
- UC Employees
WHY SHOULD I ENROLL IN SUMMER SESSION?
- Graduate on time or early!
- Save money – taking two courses in Summer Session for two years costs about $7,080. Taking an extra year (fifth year) to graduate costs about $27,000. More info is available here.
- Smaller class sizes
- Complete a prerequisite
HOW MANY UNITS CAN I TAKE?
Students are advised to take a maximum of 12 units during Summer Session. Units above the maximum are allowed only with permission of a student's academic advisor. Most courses are 4 units. You must complete a minimum of 6-semester units for Summer Session financial aid.
HOW MUCH DOES SUMMER SESSION COST?
Course fees are $419 per unit for undergraduate courses and $523 per unit for graduate level. Click here
for a full list of Summer Session cost and fees.
WHAT COURSES ARE OFFERED DURING THE SUMMER?
There are a variety of courses offered in the summer to support students at all levels. Incoming first-year students have an opportunity to take high demand courses like Math 005, MATH 21 or MATH 18, CHEM 001 or 002, or WRI 001 or 010. Many additional disciplines offer first-year courses. Incoming transfer students have many options as well, as there are a wide variety of JR and SR level courses offered across all three schools.
HOW DO I ENROLL IN SUMMER SESSION COURSES AS A NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENT?
As a newly admitted student, you will need to submit a brief online application
available. When your application has been processed, you will receive instructions on how to enroll in your Summer courses. Please note the following application deadlines.
Visiting Student's Application Deadlines:
Session A and D - May 12, 2020
Session B - June 8, 2020
Session C - June 22, 2020
(In future years, you will not need to apply for Summer Session and will receive a notification in your MyUCMerced Portal regarding registration.)
WHERE CAN I PARK?
Parking is available on campus. For more information on securing a summer parking permit, please visit their website
for more information.
CatTracks, the UC Merced bus system, is also available during the summer for transportation to and from campus.
DO I HAVE TO LIVE ON CAMPUS?
No, you do not have to live on campus. However, housing is offered at a greatly reduced rate with options for six, eight and 12-week housing and meal plan contracts. More information is available here
IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?
Financial aid is available to UC Merced students. Submit your applications early as financial aid awards are granted on a first-come-first-served basis to those who qualify. To be eligible for Summer Financial Aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units and have a 2020/2021 FAFSA on file. The online Summer Financial Aid application is available here