How long are Summer Sessions?
UCLA Summer Sessions offers students the chance to select between nine different session dates, each full of opportunities for you to achieve your academic goals. Each Session has a letter and a number. The letter indicates the start date: A (June 21), B (July 12), C (August 2), and D (August 23). The number indicates the length of the course in weeks.
Below are the 2021 session dates.
A3: June 21 - July 9
A6: June 21 - July 30
A8: June 21 - August 13
A10: June 21 - August 27
B3: July 12 - July 30
C3: August 2 - August 20
C6: August 2 - September 10
D3: August 23 - September 10
How can I register and enroll in UCLA Summer Sessions?
Current UCLA students may enroll in academic courses on MyUCLA starting February 1.
You can register online using the Academic Course Registration Form. Once you complete the registration form and pay the non-refundable registration fee, you will be sent a UCLA UID number to your email. Next, you will use this UID number to create a MyUCLA account. MyUCLA is where you will be able to add and drop courses, view your class planner, pay your charges on your BruinBill, and order transcripts.
If you have any issued with the UID number, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the requirements?
The only requirement for participation in academic courses is the age requirement, i.e., 15 years of age or older by the first day of summer. You are not required to be enrolled in an academic institution in order to participate in UCLA Summer Sessions.
Do I need to submit my transcript or SAT scores in order to participate in UCLA Summer Sessions?
No. UCLA has an open enrollment policy during summer. You are not asked to submit transcripts or SAT scores.
Do I need to submit my TOEFL scores in order to participate in UCLA Summer Sessions?
International students who want to take courses or programs instructed in English must be proficient in English.
During 2021, TOEFL exams and other proof of English proficiency will not be required, however, students should have English proficiency equal to or greater than the scores listed at http://www.summer.ucla.edu/academiccourses/internationalstudent/english.
What is MyUCLA?
MyUCLA is UCLA’s student record access system. It offers real-time access to your official student records and lets you update them instantly. You can also pay your balance on your BruinBill and order official transcripts. Click here to find a comprehensive list of MyUCLA features.
Can I give someone else access to my records via MyUCLA?
Yes. Under the 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), any student attending a higher education institution is entitled to certain privacy rights as stipulated under FERPA. For this reason, information about a student (e.g., enrollment, billing, or payment information) cannot be shared without the student’s prior consent.
You can authorize a third party (e.g., parent/guardian) view-only access to your student records and direct access to pay your bill.
To set up access, the third party will establish their own separate UCLA Logon ID and password, communicate this information (UCLA Logon ID) directly to you, and you can select which MyUCLA features the third party can view or access in “Settings”. You may revoke or change access features at any time.
Third-Party Access Set-up Instructions:
Once you grant access, the third party logs on with their MyUCLA Logon and will only see the functions to which you have given access.
Am I required to get a student ID card?
No. A UCLA BruinCard, the University’s student identification card, is highly recommended but not mandatory.
A UCLA BruinCard is a student identification card used to confirm status and eligibility for services.
You do not need to present a BruinCard to attend classes.
Below are a select few features of the BruinCard:
Are classes at UCLA Extension the same as UCLA Summer Sessions?
No. UCLA Extension offers continuing education at the college level for adult students. Enrollment in Extension does not constitute enrollment at UCLA, and Extension courses do not appear on a UCLA transcript.
UCLA Summer Sessions are authentic UCLA courses taught by UCLA faculty and lecturers and the grades earned with UCLA Summer Sessions are awarded on an official UCLA transcript.
Will taking UCLA courses in the summer help me get into UCLA or the UC system?
High school students and potential transfer students who take college-level work at UCLA will certainly make their application for UCLA and other UC schools more competitive. But, other than that, attending UCLA Summer Sessions does not give you an advantage for getting into a UC school.
Can I audit a course?
No, unfortunately there is no audit status available for Summer Sessions. Due to the high demand for summer classes from UCLA and visiting students, we have to limit participation to those who have enrolled.
I’m a non-UCLA student and I submitted the registration form but did not pay the deposit. How can I pay?
To return to your registration and make payment of the registration fee, access your existing registration. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. If you cannot locate your registration number, please contact email@example.com.
Once the registration fee has been paid, you will receive your University ID (UID) number and you can begin your summer enrollment on MyUCLA.
When is the deadline for summer enrollment?
You may enroll through Friday of Week 1 (4PM PDT) of the course.
Beginning Week 2, you may enroll only if you have the instructor’s consent, either with a Permission to Enroll (PTE) number or a signature on the Student Update Form.
How many classes can I take during the summer?
UCLA College of Letters and Science students and graduate students may enroll in up to 18 units per summer through MyUCLA.
Undergraduate students from other UCLA schools or colleges may enroll in up to 16 units per summer.
UCLA undergraduate students who want to enroll in more units must obtain approval from their school or college.
The College and School Advising Offices are listed here.
Non-UCLA students may enroll in up to 18 units each summer through MyUCLA.
Non-UCLA students who want to enroll in more units may submit a Student Update Form to the UCLA Summer Sessions Office in 1331 Murphy Hall or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Students
High school students may not exceed 10 units per session* (approximately two courses). High school students must petition to take more than two courses or to exceed 10 units. Contact email@example.com for more information.
*Language Intensive courses on the pre-approved course list for high school students exceed 10 units but are permissible for high school students without the need to complete a petition.
Are there any summer courses that visiting students cannot take?
A rare minority of summer courses are restricted to UCLA students only. To verify course restrictions, view the course on the Schedule of Classes.
What is a PTE number? Do I need one to enroll?
A Permission to Enroll (PTE) number grants you the ability to add a course that you are not eligible to enroll in.
Reasons for ineligibility:
PTE numbers can only be obtained from the course instructor or academic department offering the course and are only given under specific circumstances.
If you do not know why you are being restricted from enrolling in a course, you may contact UCLA Summer Sessions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The course I want to take has a requisite and/or course restriction. Can I take it?
Current UCLA students must have completed any and all requisite courses before the start of the summer term. If you plan on taking the requisite course(s) during the winter or spring quarter prior to the summer, you may enroll through the department offering the course.
If you have had experience comparable to the listed requisite, you may enroll. Please read the description of the course you intend to take before enrolling to decide if it is an appropriate course for you to take.
Transcripts or proof of completion of a requisite course is not required for visiting Summer Sessions students.
Please visit the Schedule of Classes for a full course description. You can view all requisite and course restrictions by clicking “Lec”, “TUT”, or “SEM” under the Section column.
The course I want to take currently has a wait list. How does the wait list work?
If a course is at capacity and has a waitlist, you may place yourself on the waitlist for a course through MyUCLA. If an enrolled student or a student ahead of you on the waitlist drops the course, you will be automatically moved up on the waitlist. If you are the first person on the waitlist and space opens up in the course, you will be automatically enrolled*.
*You will not be notified if you are moved from the waitlist into the course, therefore please check your enrollment status periodically on MyUCLA. If you do not receive a space in the course from the waitlist by Friday of Week 1, you will be automatically dropped from the waitlist and will receive a full refund for the waitlisted course.
What does a “Closed” class mean?
If a course is “Closed”, enrollment in that course is filled to capacity. The department or instructor offering the class may allow individual students to enroll using a Permission to Enroll (PTE) number.
Do I ever have to come to campus for an online course?
UCLA Summer Sessions will be offered remotely in 2021 with the exception of a limited number of in-person or hybrid courses necessary to train students for essential workforce positions. If the Schedule of Classes lists the building as “ONLINE,” the course will be completed entirely online and you will not need to come to campus for the class or the final.
Do I have to log into my online course at a specific day or time?
Unless the schedule indicates a specific time for the lecture and/or discussion, the course can be taken at your leisure within the session dates.
I'll be on vacation for a week of the session. Can I make up what I've missed?
No. Summer courses are regular ten-week courses compressed into six weeks, so missing any portion of the course will put you at a great disadvantage. It is crucial to attend all of the course meetings.
What if I no longer want to take the course I've selected?
You may drop summer courses through MyUCLA and receive a refund of course fees if the course(s) is dropped BEFORE the refund deadline.
Impacted Courses or Summer Intensive Studies (SIS): Friday, Week 1 of the course (by 5PM)
Non-Impacted 6+ Week Courses: Friday, Week 2 of the course (by 5PM)
The $350 registration fee is non-refundable at all times ($150 for UCLA and visiting UC students).
What if I'm not doing well in my course?
Please let your instructor or teaching assistant (TA) know that you are having difficulty with the material and they will be able to help you. Every instructor and (TA) is required to have at least one office hour every week. Utilize office hours to get the questions you have answered.
If you need to drop the course, be sure to follow all deadlines and procedures for doing so.
Important: The deadlines to drop a course and the refund deadlines may not be the same.
What if I cannot attend the final exam?
Let the instructor know well in advance and they will determine if other arrangements can be made. However, please note that the instructor is not required to schedule an alternate exam time to accommodate your needs*.
A course may not be dropped or removed from your record if you take the final exam.
*In compliance with Section 92640 of the California Education Code, the University must accommodate requests for alternate examination dates for any test or examination at a time when that activity would not violate a student’s religious creed. This requirement does not apply in the event that administering the test or examination at an alternate time would impose an undue hardship that could not reasonably be avoided.
What is the Study List?
The Study List, found on MyUCLA, records all classes in which a student is enrolled for a term.
The Study List also has a Class Planner that helps students plan classes for a term. In planning courses for a term, students are responsible for avoiding class conflicts and avoiding conflicting or multiple same-day final examinations.
Each student is responsible for all classes and the grading basis for each class as listed on the study list, and cannot receive credit for classes not listed.
The study list should be checked after all enrollment transactions.
How much do I owe for academic courses?
For a fee overview and estimate, you may view our Fees webpage.
After enrollment, you will immediately have access to your current balance on your BruinBill account, the university’s billing system, via MyUCLA. Please note, changes in your study list may increase your charges. View your BruinBill account on MyUCLA after every enrollment transaction.
Be sure to review your summer account and pay by the applicable payment deadline. You must pay your fees by the deadline to avoid having your classes dropped for nonpayment and/or a hold placed on your account.
What are the per-unit fees?
UC Undergraduate student: $279
UC Graduate student: $349
All other students: $355
How can I pay for my courses?
Acceptable payment methods on MyUCLA include credit card*, e-check, and foreign payment such as Travelex.
If you pay by paper check, send your check to the address below. Please make the check payable to “UC Regents,” include your nine-digit University ID (UID) number, and write the word "Summer" on the memo line.
UCLA PAYMENT SOLUTIONS & COMPLIANCE
BOX 957089 1125 MURPHY HALL
405 HILGARD AVE
LOS ANGELES CA 90095-9000
*All credit card payments are subject to a 2.75% non-refundable service charge. This charge is assessed by Higher One, Inc. and may not be refunded under any circumstances. No service fees are applied to e-check payments.
What happens if I miss the payment deadline?
Students with outstanding balances may be dropped from their courses and/or receive a hold. If your summer balance remains outstanding, you may also be referred to collections and/or incur delinquent and/or collection charges.
Exceptions can only be made for those individuals whom will be receiving financial aid through the University of California.
All other students are subject to our payment deadlines.
Is financial aid available for Summer Sessions?
Financial aid is available to all eligible UCLA students including students admitted to UCLA for fall quarter.
To find out if you qualify for financial aid:
Classes may be dropped and/or a hold placed on your record if fees are not paid by the deadline.
Visiting UC Students
Eligible financial aid students from other University of California (UC) campuses may apply for financial aid at their home UC campus for summer study at UCLA. Please check your home UC campus financial aid website.
Visiting Domestic Students
Financial aid is not available through UCLA. Please check with your home institution regarding financial aid options.
Note: If you plan to pay for classes with financial aid from your home institution, you assume full responsibility for all fees. Regardless of when you receive financial aid from your home institution, you are held to the UCLA Summer Sessions payment deadlines.
A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to qualified California* high school students for summer study at UCLA. Visit our Summer Scholars webpage for more information.
*UCLA financial aid is not available to visiting out-of-state high school students.
UCLA financial aid is not available. Funding options may be available to you from private or governmental agencies in your country. For information on funding your studies in the United States, please visit your local EducationUSA Office or see their website at www.educationusa.state.gov.
I’m a UC financial aid student. What happens if my financial aid doesn’t get disbursed in time for the payment deadline?
If you are a UCLA student receiving financial aid, your aid will disburse prior to the payment deadline for summer. In the event that your aid is delayed, you may be placed on the protect-from-drop list and your courses saved from our drops for non-payment.
If you are a UC financial aid student, please visit your home university financial aid office website. If eligible, your aid will disburse from your home UC campus directly to you. When you receive your aid, please be sure to make full payment to UCLA. If your home UC campus financial aid office is unable to disburse your aid in time to make the payment deadline, it is customary for your financial aid office to send UCLA a “protect-from-drop” list. If you are still waiting for your aid to be disbursed, please check with your home financial aid office to see if you have been included in this list.
What is the Document Fee?
The Document Fee covers:
Services not covered by the Document Fee are still subject to transaction fees. These include, but not limited to:
Students and alumni must clear all appropriate campus blocks/holds before obtaining transcript or diploma services.
For more information, please contact the Registrar's Office at (310) 825-1091.
I am a UCLA staff member. Do I qualify for a staff discount?
UCLA and ASUCLA staff employees who enroll in individual academic courses are eligible for a discount during the summer term if they meet the following criteria:
The discount waives the registration fee ($350 total). UCLA and ASUCLA staff employees pay the remaining fees at the non-UC student rate.
To apply for a staff discount, complete the online registration form and make payment for the $350 non-refundable registration fee then email email@example.com with your nine-digit staff ID.
Please note that staff members who are continuing or admitted UC undergraduate or graduate students are NOT eligible for a discount. Summer Sessions fees for continuing or admitted UC students are automatically assessed at the lower UC student rate.
What is the Instructional Enhancement Initiative Fee?
The Instructional Enhancement Initiative (IEI) Fee is a course materials fee that is assessed for all students who have not yet received a Bachelor’s Degree.
The fee helps support the use of technology at UCLA for educational purposes. The fee cannot be waived.
For more information, please visit the Instructional Enhancement Initiative website.
What courses are charged a Material Use Fee?
A small number of courses may include an additional Materials Use Fee. This fee helps to cover the cost of equipment, computers, etc. that may not be sufficiently covered by regular summer fees.
What is the refund policy?
If you drop all of the Summer Session classes you have enrolled in, a $150 processing fee will appear on your BruinBill account. This fee is non-refundable, and the total refund amount will reflect this fee.
Visiting Students (Other UC’s, International or High School)
A $350 registration fee ($150 for visiting UC students) is required to enroll in Summer Sessions. This registration fee is applied to your BruinBill account and is non-refundable under any circumstance once paid. In the event of withdrawal prior to deadlines, the total refund amount will reflect this registration fee on the BruinBill account.
In the event of withdrawal, the course fee, IEI Fee, Campus/Registration Fee, document fee, and/or Material Use Fee is refundable if the course(s) is dropped before the deadlines below:
These fees are 100% NON-refundable after the deadlines above and students are financially liable for all fees if withdrawal occurs beyond those deadlines.
I dropped before the refund deadline, when will I get my refund?
Refunds for current UCLA students will take up to two weeks. For all other students, refunds may take up to three weeks.
BruinDirect is the fastest way to get any refund by direct deposit into a U.S. checking or savings account. It's convenient, free, and automatic. Sign up now.
If you are not signed up with BruinDirect, the refund will be issued back to the original card paid with, or if you did not pay by card, you will receive a check to your permanent address on file.
Do additional units affect my summer bill?
Yes, since summer tuition is calculated per unit, increasing the number of units you are enrolled in will increase your summer bill. View your BruinBill account on MyUCLA after every enrollment transaction to ensure your bill accurately reflects the number of units you are enrolled in. Check your BruinBill often and pay in full prior to your payment deadline.
I exchanged my course for another course with the same unit value. Does this affect my summer bill?
If exchanged prior to the refund deadline, most likely your BruinBill will reflect the same total. However, a small number of courses assess additional Material Use Fees. Therefore, we highly recommend you view your BruinBill account on MyUCLA after every enrollment transaction.
If exchanged after the refund deadline, you will be financially responsible for both the course you are dropping and the new course you are replacing the class with.
I’m a UCLA financial aid student. How many units do I need to take to qualify for summer aid?
The financial aid unit minimums will vary by type of aid.
In general, current UCLA students need to be enrolled in a minimum of half-time (6 units for undergraduates, 4 units for graduates) to be eligible for any summer aid.
Some undergraduate programs (Federal Pell Grant, ACG, SMART Grant, and Summer University Grant) require enrollment in 12 units to receive full eligibility.
Please consult the financial aid office for unit minimums and guidelines for specific types of aid.
For more information, visit the Financial Aid Office.
Am I assessed a fee for withdrawing?
A non-refundable processing fee of $150 will be assessed on your BruinBill if all summer courses are dropped regardless of whether instruction has begun.
The $350 registration fee ($150 for visiting UC students) paid during registration is non-refundable under any circumstances, even if you drop all courses before they begin.
I am a UCLA student and I took less units this summer than I applied for on my UCLA financial aid application. What will happen?
The UCLA Financial Aid Office will review your enrolled courses at the end of the third week of each session to determine final eligibility for summer aid. Students who are not enrolled in the number of units they had indicated on their application may have aid reduced which may result in an "overaward charge" bill. Students should be aware that they are responsible for accurately reporting their unit load to Financial Aid. A student who changes the unit load may incur penalties. For more information, visit the Financial Aid Office .
Will the units I earn at UCLA transfer to another college or university?
Students outside the UC system should verify their school's credit-granting process. Transfer of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
For students from other UC campuses, all UCLA summer activity automatically appears on your home UC campus transcript sometime in October or November, and the grades you earn at UCLA are included in your home UC campus grade-point average.
What’s the difference between a quarter unit and a semester unit?
UCLA is on the quarter system and awards quarter units. To convert quarter units into semester units, multiply the quarter units by .66*.
EX. 4 quarter units from UCLA transfer as approximately 2.67 semester unitsEX. 5 quarter units from UCLA transfer as approximately 3.33 semester units
*Please note, this is an estimate and conversion may differ between schools. Verify with your home institution.
What is a transcript?
A UCLA transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. It lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order.
What is the difference between academic transcripts and verification transcripts?
The academic transcript is a complete academic record that chronologically lists the following information:
The verification transcript contains some information from your academic transcript but does not show courses and grades. Verification transcripts include:
Visit the Registrar's website for more details on Academic Transcripts.
How do I order a transcript?
Students can order a transcript online through MyUCLA (under "Classes") or by submitting a Transcript Request Form to the Registrar's Office.
If you have trouble logging in to your MyUCLA account, please contact our IT Helpdesk, Bruin Online: 310-267-4357.
I want to take academic courses during the summer. Can I live on campus?
Yes. If you are 15 years of age or older and you are taking academic courses, you may contract independently with UCLA Housing Services. If you have any further questions, please contact UCLA Housing Services at (310) 206-7011 or visit their Summer Housing page.
What special activities are available for Summer Sessions students who live on campus?
The Office of Residential Life provides a great deal of optional trips and activities for students on weekends and evenings. Some past excursions include trips to Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, and Catalina Island. There are also trips to local attractions such as the beach, movie nights, baseball games, outlet malls, and bowling alleys.
Trips outside the LA area are organized through California Tours* at an additional cost. Past trips have included Las Vegas, San Francisco, and the Grand Canyon. All Summer Sessions students are welcome to participate. Transportation is typically included in the cost. For more information on California Tours visit their website or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*California Tours is a third party company and is not officially affiliated with UCLA.
For FAQs related to the remote instruction of Session A courses, please visit our Remote Instruction FAQs for Academic Courses and Summer Intensive Studies page.
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