Summer Edge Students

Financial Aid Overview 

Entering first-year and transfer students have the opportunity to get a head-start on their undergraduate career by participating in Summer Edge 2020 remotely. To assist with the costs of participating in Summer Edge, our office offers up to $2,800 in grant funding based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA or Dream Application. The average estimated budget for Summer Edge Students is $4,600 which includes tuition, housing, personal expenses, books and supplies, and transportation. For more information on the Summer Edge Programs available click here.

Eligibility Requirements

A 2019-2020 FAFSA or Dream Application is needed for new students to receive financial aid for the 2020 summer quarter. This is in addition to the 2020-2021 FAFSA or Dream Application you must file for the upcoming school year.

  • Submit a 2019-2020 FAFSA or Dream Application by June 27.
  • Students selected for verification,* must submit the required documents to receive financial aid. 
  • Summer Edge is a 7 credit (minimum) program. You must enroll and complete all courses to maintain aid eligibility.
  • If you applied for financial aid at a prior institution for 2019-2020, make a correction to this FAFSA or Dream Application and include UC Santa Cruz School Code 001321.

Financial Aid Estimates for Summer Edge

You can use our summer edge calculator   to get an estimate of the total grant amount you may receive for Summer Edge. We encourage you to complete your 2019-20 financial aid application first and use the expected family contribution (EFC) from this application to get an estimate. You can also  use the EFC determined by your 2020-21 financial aid application. This calculator generates an estimate based on the information you provide. If the information you provide is incorrect, your estimate may differ significantly from the final awards offered. All estimates are subject to the availability of funding.

Please note: This calculator only provides the total estimated grant amount you are expected to receive for the 7-credit Summer Edge. If you plan to take an optional Session 1, 8-wk, or 10-wk course your aid amount may increase. Loans will be offered to meet the cost of attendnace not covered through grant funding.

Examples of Financial Aid Packages

First Year Student, Dependent, 7 credits, 1000 Expected Family Contribution

Transfer Student, 10 credits, 0 Expected Family Contribution 

First Year Example of Billed Costs

Tuition: $1,759 

Health Insurance: $460

Total: $2,219

Transfer Example of Billed Costs

Tuition: $2,513

Health Insurance: $460

Total: $2,973

Estimated Aid Available

-Grant $2,657
-Federal Direct Subsidized Loan $1,794
-Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: $143

Total: $4,594

Estimated Aid Available   

-Grant $2,800
-Federal Direct Subsidized Loan $1,794
-Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: $0

 Total: $4,594

Grant funding available, billed costs, and examples of aid packages are estimates and are subject to change. 


*Verification is a process required by the state and federal government that is intended to improve the accuracy of the information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Application. College financial aid offices may not disburse federal student aid until the verification process is complete. In addition to verifying certain tax information on the federal tax return, UC Santa Cruz employs an in-depth analysis when awarding our own institutional grant funds. Your financial aid offer may be adjusted as a result of the verification process.  Federal, state, and institutional aid is most commonly adjusted due to factors such as the reported number in the household/college, untaxed income (retirement contributions, foreign income exclusion, asset depreciation, Social Security benefits, etc.), investment net worth, and tax filing status.