Summer Sessions Policies

As the only optional quarter, Summer Sessions has certain policies that may differ from the regular academic year. Read below to understand what to expect in situations of cancellation, withdrawal, schedule alterations, and to note our refund policy.

Please Note: Participating in any of our educational programs does not in itself provide preference in admission to the University of California. Students interested in applying to UC should refer to the UC Admissions website or the admissions office of the UC campus they wish to attend for details about the admissions process.

Cancellation of Registration

Students who have registered for summer courses, but are no longer planning to attend Summer Sessions, have the option to CANCEL their Summer Quarter prior to the first day of instruction of Session A by completing the following steps. 

  1. Log in to GOLD.

  2. Navigate to the “Progress” menu.

  3. Select “Petitions”. 

  4. Select “Initiate Quarter Cancellation Petition”.

  5. Ensure that the selected quarter is “Summer 2021”. 

  6. Follow the steps outlined to confirm cancellation of your quarter.

After the first day of instruction of Session A, students who are no longer planning to attend Summer Sessions have the option to partially or fully WITHDRAW from their Summer Quarter. Please visit our Forms and Petitions page to determine which form suits your needs and to begin the digital submission process. 


Students can expect a refund of fees associated with a summer course in the event that course is dropped in GOLD prior to the published drop deadline for that session. If all summer courses are dropped prior to the listed deadline(s), the campus-based fee will also be refunded. GOLD will automatically refund fees to the student’s BARC account within five days. The deadlines to drop with a refund for each session in Summer 2021 are listed below.

Session A — June 25
Session B — August 6
Session C — June 25
Session D — June 25
Session E — July 16
Session F — August 6
Session G — August 27 

After the deadline has passed, refunds will not be considered except in cases of verifiable illness, accidents, death of immediate family, or university error. If a student feels their circumstances fall into one of these categories, they should submit a Refund Petition as soon as possible. Please note that the following reasons do not qualify as unforeseen or extenuating circumstances and therefore will not be eligible for an exception to the refund policy:

  • Lack of knowledge or understanding of Summer Sessions deadlines, policies, and regulations

  • Lack of knowledge of enrollment status and/or non-attendance

  • Issuance of an add code after the deadline to drop with a full refund has passed

  • Reliance on enrollment cancellations due to payment delinquency, lapsing or non-payment

  • Insufficient, delayed, and/or cancellation of financial aid award

  • Conditions or chronic illnesses that remain static and are known to the student at the time of the original registration/enrollment

  • Dissatisfaction with course(s) and/or grade received 

Schedule Adjustments (Adds and Drops)

Students may use GOLD for schedule adjustments until the dates listed on the Deadline Chart.

Adding Courses*
After the “Add without Petition” dates listed on the Deadline Chart, a petition or a course approval code (which can be obtained from the instructor) is required to add a course until the final “Add with petition” dates listed on the deadline chart. When approval is granted, the student is given an approval code in order to add the course on GOLD or a petition to present at the Office of the Registrar for processing. The last day to add a course with a petition or approval code is listed on the Deadline Chart. After that date, a student may add a course only by permission of the instructor and college Dean (for regular UCSB students) or with the permission of the instructor and Director/Dean of Summer Sessions (for non-UCSB students). 

Dropping Courses*
The last date to drop a course on GOLD is the drop deadline date listed for each session. (For refund deadlines see Deadline Chart.) After the drop deadline, students must obtain the approval of their college Dean or the Director/Dean of Summer Sessions to drop a course.

*After the deadline dates listed on the Deadline Chart, all UCSB students newly admitted for fall term to the College of Letters and Science must go to L&S offices for any schedule alterations, including Late Drop, Late Add, and Late Change of Grading Options. Non-current UCSB students in L&S should do the same. To completely withdraw from a Summer Session, go first to the Summer Sessions Office. See the L&S Academic Advising page for additional information. Students newly admitted to the College of Engineering and to the College of Creative Studies should go to the Summer Sessions office for all schedule changes.

Academic Credit

Students who enroll in Summer Sessions are limited to a program not exceeding 16 units, unless they petition and receive approval for an excess program. Petitions are available at the Office of the Registrar.

Regularly enrolled UCSB students should consult the Dean of their college or school for approval of excess program petitions. Students attending Summer Sessions only should consult the Director of Summer Sessions and present a recommendation from an academic dean of their home institution.

In order to obtain credit, a student must satisfy all course requirements, attend classes, turn in written assignments, and take all examinations, including the final examination. By University of California rule, final examinations must be held in all courses except as authorized by the Director of Summer Sessions.

Undergraduate students of the University of California, Santa Barbara, who are disqualified for scholastic reasons, may enroll in Summer Sessions. However, their academic standing is not changed as a result of Summer Sessions work. They may submit their Summer Sessions record for appraisal to the Dean of their college to support their request for reinstatement, but such credit is considered only as part of the overall record and is subject to the terms under which they were dismissed.

Auditing Courses

During Summer Sessions, individuals who are interested in auditing a UC Santa Barbara course may do so with explicit permission from the instructor of that course. Auditing a course is defined as sitting in on the course unofficially; thus, auditors are not expected to complete assignments, take examinations, or participate in classroom discussion. No record of the audited class will appear on a student’s quarter schedule or UCSB transcript. Students will not be permitted to earn credit by examination in courses which they have audited. Please note that given the many factors that differentiate summer courses from those in the regular academic year, instructors may be more likely to decline requests to audit.