Game Lab Summer Institute


Program Fees

Please find below a list of all fees that may apply to you to enroll in the Game Lab Summer Institute.

2021 Summer Institute Fees

  • Registration Fee: $350.00*
    *This registration fee is assessed one-time per each summer term for any precollege Summer Institute. If you are admitted and will be enrolled at UCLA in Fall 2021, \other University fees of $132.69 will be assessed in lieu of the registration fee.
  • Program Fee: $2,270*
    * If you are admitted and will be enrolled at a UC campus in Fall 2021, your program fee will be $1,946.
  • IEI Fee: $61.00
  • Document Fee*: $50.00
    *If you are participating in UCLA Summer Sessions for the first time or an incoming UCLA undergraduate student, this document fee will be assessed. The one-time document fee covers life-time academic and verification transcripts that do not require special delivery services.


  • Visiting Students (Non-UC): $2,731
  • Fall 2021 UCLA Students: $2,189.69
  • Fall 2021 Other UC Students: $2,207

Please note that a $350.00 nonrefundable registration fee will be required in order to reserve your space in the program. This fee is not an additional fee and will apply toward your summer balance.

Registration is not complete until the registration fee is paid in full. Those who are not prepared to pay can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to pay the registration fee.

This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances even if you withdraw from the program before it begins.

Payment Deadline

Full summer fees are due no later than 5PM, May 1*. Failure to pay by the payment deadline may result in your space in the program being forfeited.

NOTE: Your bill reflects your enrollment activities. If you make any changes to your enrollments, be sure to monitor your BruinBill to verify any changes in your balance.

Your enrollment in the program is not officially confirmed until you submit full payment of the program fees and all other administrative fees.

*If you register AFTER May 1, you will be prompted to make full payment of all fees excluding any applicable document fee and IEI fees at the time of online registration. For the document and IEI fee payment, you can follow the same steps listed in PAYMENT METHODS above 1-2 business days after making payment of the full program fees.

Waitlisted Students

If you are waitlisted for a program or waiting for instructor consent, you will not be prompted to make payment until your application is accepted. You will be notified by e-mail with payment instructions.

Payment Methods

Credit Card or Electronic Check (E-Check)

Accepted forms of payment are VISA, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX, or e-check.

  • Log onto MyUCLA (UCLA Logon ID required)
  • At the MAIN MENU under the FINANCES AND JOBS drop-down menu, click on the BRUINBILL link
  • Once on the BruinBill page, select MAKE A PAYMENT at the top

All credit card payments are subject to a 2.75% non-refundable service charge each transaction. 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.

Cash, Check, or Money Order

Visit Payment Solutions and Compliance, 1125 Murphy Hall, UCLA to pay in person.

Note: Certain charges may apply to returned checks and credit card charge backs.

Foreign Currency Payment

Travelex payments allow you to lock into an exchange rate with your bank. If your currency is not included in the drop down list, you may request that your bank make the transfer in US dollars.

  • Log onto MyUCLA (UCLA Logon ID required)
  • At the MAIN MENU under the FINANCES AND JOBS drop-down menu, click on the BRUINBILL link
  • Once on the BruinBill page, select MAKE A PAYMENT at the top and select PAY WITH FOREIGN CURRENCY

Financial Aid

Summer Scholars Support

Qualified students attending grades 8th – 11th in the state of California are eligible for Summer Scholars Support, a need and merit based scholarship offered by the UCLA Summer Sessions Office. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to support enrollment in a single academic course or eligible Precollege Summer Institutes.

Diversity in Games Scholarship

The Diversity in Games scholarship, offered by the Game Lab Summer Institute, is a merit-based scholarship that waives 50 percent of the program fee for up to 5 students. The intent of this scholarship is to ensure diversity and to assist students who may face cultural or historical biases in fields related to games and technology. Women applicants are encouraged. To apply, please first complete your registration and compile the following documents:

  1. A sample of your creative work. This could be a game, a visual art work, a song, a creative writing sample, an animation--anything that showcases your creative interests.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or a school counselor commenting on your ability to successfully complete a rigorous academic or creative program (Please allow your recommender at least one week to complete a letter of support.)
  3. A cover letter addressing at least one of the following questions:
  • Why are you--or how did you become--interested in game design?
  • Why do you want to make games?
  • What interests you about making games?
  • If you could make a game, what kind of game would you make? What would it be about?

Please submit all three documents (most file formats accepted) in one email to no later than April 1. Applicants will be notified of decisions no later than April 26.

Program Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Refund Policy

A valid payment of a non-refundable registration fee is required to complete registration. This fee is not refundable under any circumstances.

Program fees and other applicable fees, excluding the non-refundable registration fee, are refundable if the program is officially dropped prior to 5PM, JUNE 15 (PDT)

If the program is dropped after 5PM, June 15 (PDT), all fees are non-refundable and you will be financially liable regardless of attendance. To officially cancel your enrollment, you must access your existing registration online.

If entitled to a refund from the UCLA Summer Sessions Office, you will receive your refund one of three ways within 1-3 weeks:

  • BruinDirect: BruinDirect is a free and automatic way for students to receive refunds directly to a U.S. checking or savings account. You may sign-up on BruinBill.
  • Credit Card: Payments made with a credit card will be returned back to the credit card that made the original payment.
  • Check Refund: If payment made using a method other than credit card and if not signed-up for BruinDirect, a refund will be issued as a paper check and mailed to the mailing address on file.

Participant Agreement

For a full overview of all terms and conditions for UCLA Summer Institutes, please review the Participant Agreement.










Program Dates

JULY 12 - JULY 23, 2021

JULY 26 - AUGUST 6, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students Application Period

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JULY 12-23: Game Lab (A) - Session A

JULY 26 - AUGUST 6: Game Lab (B) - Session B

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.