General FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions below.

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Registration

  • How do I know if I have been accepted to Summer Sessions? How do I check the status of my application?
  • All applications are processed by the Office of the Registrar. Once you submit your application, you will receive an automated email acknowledging the receipt of your application. If you don’t receive an acknowledgment email within 48 hours, email the registrar's office: registrar@ucdavis.edu. You can expect to receive a separate email with your UC Davis email address and student ID number with instructions on how to register for courses.
  • After I applied I did not receive the second email with instructions on how to register for courses. Who do I contact?
  • If you don’t receive an email with instructions on how to register for courses within 48 hours of submitting your application, email the registrar's office: registrar@ucdavis.edu. Provide them with the confirmation number you received when you submitted your application. 
  • I am currently enrolled as a UC Davis student. How do I enroll in summer classes?
  • Current UC Davis students do not need to apply. You can enroll in Summer Session courses via Schedule Builder, the same way you enroll in Academic Year courses during your pass time.
  • I will be starting in the fall as either a first-year or transfer student. Can I attend Summer Sessions?
  • Yes, but you must apply via the student application.
  • Can high school students attend Summer Sessions?
  • Yes! Summer Sessions are open to the general public, including high school students who have completed their junior year and are capable of handling introductory-level university courses. However, an additional verification form is required, which can be accessed at the link below.
    High School Verification Form
  • I’m a student at a college outside of the UC System. How do I apply?
  • Apply via the student application.
  • I'm a student enrolled at another UC campus. How do I apply?
  • Apply via the student application.
  • Can I enroll in summer classes through Open Campus?
  • Unfortunately Open Campus does not apply to Summer Sessions. Use the online Summer Sessions application process to apply. The application form is brief and there's no application fee.
For Transfer Students
  • If I SIR to UC Davis, do I need to apply to attend Summer Sessions?
  • Yes. Even though you have been admitted to UC Davis, as a pre-matriculant, you’re not yet in our system as a registered student. You will, however, pay the UC student fee rate.
  • If I SIR to another UC, can I attend Summer Sessions?
  • Yes. You do need to apply, and you will pay at the UC student rate.
  • How do I apply, and is there a fee to apply?
  • The application is a very short form – no essays or transcripts are required. There is no fee to apply. Visit the Apply/Registration page to get started on your application!

Cancellation / Withdrawal

  • I cannot drop my class in Schedule Builder. What do I do?
  • If you are attempting to drop your last or only class in a term, Schedule Builder will not allow you to do so. If you want to drop a class and add a different one, add the new class first before dropping the other.

    If you do not wish to take any classes at all for a term, you must use the Cancellation/Withdrawal Form to withdraw from the term:
    https://registrar.ucdavis.edu/registration/leave/cancellation-withdrawal

    In that form, you’ll see these Terms listed:

    Terms

    When you select the appropriate Summer Session, you are not withdrawn from UC Davis, only that term. This action does not impact fall enrollment status or registration.

    Additional information is available on the Registrar’s website: https://registrar.ucdavis.edu/registration/leave

  • I do not want to leave the University, I just want to drop my class. Do I have to use the Cancellation/Withdrawal Form?
  • If you do not wish to take any classes at all for a term, you must use the Cancellation/Withdrawal Form to withdraw from the term. In the form, you will select the Summer Term(s) that you wish to withdraw from. You will not be withdrawn from UC Davis. This action does not impact fall enrollment status or registration. 
  • Do I need to submit a Cancellation/Withdrawal Form for each Summer Session term I’m withdrawing from?
  • The Cancellation/Withdrawal Form requires you to select the terms you are withdrawing from and must be received by the applicable deadline for each session as posted on the Summer Sessions calendar.

Courses

  • What courses are offered?
  • We offer hundreds of courses in every college, both upper and lower division. You can search online using the Class Search Tool, or browse the course flyers found on our website.
  • What classes should I take?
  • Course selection depends on your major and what courses you need to complete. It’s always a good idea to talk to an advisor in your college to identify the best way to use summer to get ahead.
  • I don’t see my course in Canvas. What do I do?
  • Log into Canvas here: https://login.canvas.ucdavis.edu/. Courses will not appear in your Canvas portal immediately after registering. Courses will appear on the dashboard when the Instructor has posted information and published their course. This typically happens just before the start of the term. Be sure you’re looking at ‘All Courses’ from the ‘Courses’ link on the Main Menu in Canvas.

    If additional assistance is needed, reach out to the Instructor directly or to IET Help Service Hub or by phone: 530-754-HELP (4357).

Fees & Aid

  • Is financial aid available?
  • If you qualified for financial aid during the academic year, you may qualify for financial aid this summer. If you were at a community college, you may have more financial aid available if you take summer courses at UC Davis. To receive financial aid at UC Davis, you must have the following:

    o A FAFSA from the previous academic year or California Dream Act application on file.
    o A Summer Financial Aid application on file.
    o Please see the Summer Eligibility and Application Process on the UC Davis Financial Aid web page for more information.

    Students who qualify for financial aid must take at least 6 units during the summer. Financial aid is disbursed in the session in which you accumulate 6 units (so if you take 3 units in Session 1 and 3 units in Session 2, you will not receive aid until session 2).
  • What are the costs for Summer Sessions?
  • You can view the cost for Summer Session on the Summer Sessions Fees & Aid page.
  • When are fees due?
  • You can view the deadlines for Summer Session fees on the Summer Sessions Fees & Aid page.
  • Why is a Campus Fee assessed if Summer classes are remote?
  • The Summer Campus Fee is mandatory for each session and is not based upon in-person vs. remote learning. The fee is determined by the overall UC system and applies to students on all campuses to help provide many broad student resources, services, and initiatives noted below:

    Summer Campus Fee: This fee covers the following services and initiatives: Student Services, Memorial Union, Student Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Unitrans, Recreation, Student Facilities Fee, Facilities and Campus Enhancement Initiative, and Campus Expansion Initiative. The Provost has directed that all registered students must pay all elements of the summer campus fee with the exception of UC Davis career employees who are also registered students. This directive is consistent with the language included in the referenda for campus-based fees voted upon by the students. 

  • I’m thinking of dropping a class. How will this affect my Financial Aid?
  • Please refer to these web pages for important information about reg fees and refunds:
    https://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/types/summer/cancel
    https://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/types/summer/maintain

    For questions about your individual account, please contact Financial Aid directly. They can access your student account and answer questions about your specific account, aid awards, etc.
    Financial Aid, 530-752-2390, M-F 9-4

  • What is the deadline to submit the Cancellation/Withdrawal form for Summer and receive a refund?
  • Refer to the calendar of dates and deadlines here: 
    https://summer-sessions.ucdavis.edu/calendar/master-calendar

  • I submitted the Cancellation/Withdrawal form before the ‘Last day to drop with refund date.’ What happens with my Financial Aid?
  • Please refer to these web pages for important information:
    https://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/types/summer/cancel
    https://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/types/summer
    https://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/types/summer/maintain

    For questions about your individual account, please contact Financial Aid directly. They can access your student account and answer questions about your specific account, aid awards, etc.
    Financial Aid, 530-752-2390, M-F 9-4

  • I submitted the Cancellation/Withdrawal form before the ‘Last day to drop with refund date.’ When will I get a refund?
  • Contact Student Accounting, myaccount@ucdavis.edu, 530-752-3646, M-F 10-2, for questions about refunds. They can access your student account and answer questions about your specific account.

    Additional information can be found on their website:
    https://financeandbusiness.ucdavis.edu/student-resources/accounting

Textbooks

  • Does Summer Session participate in Equitable Access?
  • At this time, Equitable Access is only for the 3 academic terms (Fall, Winter, Spring). Summer Session will look very similar to regular quarters as digital books will be the default and will be available in Canvas. However, students will purchase their items individually rather than at a flat rate for all items.
  • Where should I look for and purchase my textbooks?
  • Textbook information will be available at the UC Davis Stores website and on your Canvas course page: https://ucdavisstores.com/SelectTermDept. Digital books will be available on your Canvas course page. Print books will be available at the main campus store, online, or for purchase through Canvas.
  • What are the last dates to opt-out of digital books?
  • Summer Session I - June 25th
    Summer Session II - August 6th
    Special Summer Session - June 25th
  • Who do I contact if I need assistance?
  • If you have questions about eBooks and Courseware items on Canvas or need assistance in opting in or out of a product, please email equitableaccess@ucdavis.edu.
    If you have a question about what books are being used or about how to acquire a print title. please email Textbooks@ucdavis.edu.

 

If you have any lingering questions about Summer Sessions, feel free to contact us via email at summersessions@ucdavis.edu or by phone at ​​​(530) 752-7623. Summer Sessions staff is working remotely at this time. For fastest response, please email us at summersessions@ucdavis.edu.