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Remote Instruction

Will Summer Session 2021 be remote?

Yes! Due to COVID-19, Summer Session 2021 will be offered mostly as remote instruction. 

Classes will be offered in 3 different instruction methods:

  1. In-person
  2. Fully remote
  3. Hybrid, a combination of in-person and remote meetings. 

Official Campus Notice on Remote Summer Session

How will I know which classes are remote? 

Below is how to identify the different methods of instruction as you plan and register for classes:

  1. In-Person: Every class meeting time for the course will have an on-campus building and room.
  2. Fully Remote: Every class meeting time for the course will have a building name RCLAS.
  3. Hybrid: Class meetings times for a course will have a combination of an on-campus building and room assignment and a room assignment with the building name RCLAS.

Check Schedule of Classes for details. 

How will lab classes be offered remotely?

Check with your department for details. 


When can I enroll?

Enrollment for continuing (current) UC San Diego students opens on Monday, April 11 by appointment times. Appointment times available on TritonLink.

Enrollment for visiting students (UC visitors, high school, incoming, International students, alumni, other college students, etc.) opens on Monday, April 19 at 8:30am for all students. The online application opened on April 1, 2020. Visiting students can begin first steps to enrollment before enrollment opens on April 19.


Is on-campus housing available during Summer Session 2021?

On-campus housing will remain open and operational for summer session. Students remaining in campus housing will be assigned to single-occupancy spaces.

Students should consider living on campus during summer session ONLY if they satisfy at least one of the following conditions: those who are without access to stable housing; who come from housing/food insecure households; who are unable to travel home; who are from areas highly impacted by COVID-19 or regions at risk for a COVID-19 outbreak; who are unable to relocate without high risk to their safety; and those who would be relocating to homes that lack infrastructure to accommodate virtual instruction.

Students who are remaining on campus for summer are reminded of the importance of physical distancing to further ensure the health and well-being of our community.

Summer HDH 2020 Website 

Financial Aid

Am I still eligible for Financial Aid? 

Yes, UCSD students may be eligible for Financial Aid. Enrollment in a minimum of 6 units in summer courses is required for the Financial Aid Office to determine the amount of an award. When students enroll in a total of 6 units or more, the system automatically creates an application for summer aid. 

Commonly asked questions:

  • How many units are required for financial aid?

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units for the entire summer (any session). Enrollment can look like one of the samples below with each course being 4 units: 

Session 1 (5 weeks) Session 2 (5 weeks) 
Sample 1


BIBC 100 

Sample 2


BIBC 100 

Sample 3


BIBC 100

  • If I’m on a waitlist, do those units count towards my 6 units?

Waitlisted courses do not count towards a minimum total units. Students must be enrolled in a minimum total of 6 units for the entire Summer Session. As students move off the waitlist, they are enrolled in classes. Once the minimum is 6 units, financial aid is notified. 

  • Can I apply for aid if I’m planning to attend a different UC campus?

Student should contact the San Diego Financial Aid office to apply for aid to be sent to a different UC campus.

  • How do I know if I qualify for aid?

Students enroll in summer courses, and the Financial Aid Office will automatically calculate an award. Students can accept the award or not accept the award for Summer courses. If students do not accept the award, they should drop their course to make space for another student to enroll in that course.

Since Summer Session staff do not have access to Financial Aid records, please visit the Financial Aid Office Summer Website for more information or to speak with a Financial Aid counselor.

Tuition & Fees

Will tuition & fees be different since classes are remote?

No, tuition & fees remain the same. You can view the tuition and fees for Summer Session 2021 on the Tuition & Payment page. 

Will I need to pay campus-based fees for online courses?

Yes. All courses incur Campus-Based Fee charges. This applies to courses not offered on campus - study abroad, online, etc.

Campus-based fees support campus services, maintain facilities, and broadly support and preserve the campus infrastructure. As campus operations adjust to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, our dedicated team of professionals remains committed to delivering the highest quality service possible. Campus-based fees will continue to be collected and will not be refunded.

Consistent with guidance from the UC Office of the President, for all enrolled students, tuition and fees remain unchanged as the campus remains operational.

New to Campus?

Will I need to check-in on campus if this is my first quarter at UCSD?

No, you are not required to check in. You can find more information on the New Triton page. 

Will I need a campus ID card if I am taking classes remotely?

No, you do need a campus ID. However, if you would like your ID you can access an electronic version via the UC San Diego Mobile App. For more information, visit How to get your first ID card

What resources are available to me for my first quarter at UCSD?