Students enrolled in Summer Session courses at UBC are eligible for student loan funding if they meet the eligibility criteria. While this can be confusing, it is your responsibility to register in a loan eligible course load. Please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor to make sure your course schedule is eligible for loans. If you receive loans, please contact your Enrolment Service Advisor to ensure registration changes will not impact your loan eligibility.
Loans for summer sessions
Unlike Winter Session courses, Summer Session courses start and end at a variety of times and can be as short as 3 weeks in length. To be eligible for full-time loans during Summer Session, you must satisfy all of the following criteria if you are applying to Student Aid BC.
COVID-19 Updates for the 2020/21 academic year
Due to COVID -19, Student Aid BC has introduced a temporary relief measure to support students. Only for the 2020-21 academic year, students may be eligible for full-time loan funding if they are registered in a study period of at least 6 consecutive weeks. In a given academic year, the standard minimum study period must be at least 12 consecutive weeks for a student to be eligible for full-time funding.
Eligibility requirements for the 2020/21 academic year
- Register in at least 9 credits in most programs (audited, wait-listed and withdrawn courses do not count)
- Register in a study period that is at least 6 consecutive weeks in length
- Have no breaks exceeding 10 percent of the study period (e.g., 3 business days for a 6-week loan or 8 business days for a 17-week loan)
Students are strongly encouraged to select a combination of courses that span over two terms during the 2021 Summer Session. It is not suggested for students to register in 9 credits over 6 weeks, due to the heavy workload and accelerated nature of summer courses.
Almost all graduate programs at UBC do not have a minimum course load requirement.
In order to be eligible for student loans, UBC graduate students must simply:
- Pay full-time fees in each term that they receive loan funding
- Be considered "Continuing Status" or be registered in course work or thesis
This does not apply to any program that requires credit registration.
If you are not taking courses that match the full-time criteria, you may be eligible for a part-time student loan.
Important dates for summer funding
- April 15
Apply for a summer student loan by this date to ensure that you receive your loan funding in time for Summer Bursaries, the summer tuition deadline, and to receive a deferral on your tuition fees.
- May 1 – June 1
Summer Bursary application is available online on the Student Service Centre (SSC).
- Add/Drop deadline
This date varies depending on the start date and the length of your class. Please refer to the information highlighted on the Course Schedule or learn more about course change dates.