2021 Summer Session I Classes Q&As

Summer Session I Classes Included in Spring 2021 Tuition

For the spring 2021 semester, undergraduate UVA spring full-time tuition will include a Summer Session I class at no extra charge. To be eligible for the Summer Session I class, a student cannot accumulate more than 33 credits in fall, J-term, and spring combined.

The questions below relate only to the one Summer Session I class that is included with full-time undergraduate tuition in spring 2021. For more information about Summer Session, please visit https://summer.virginia.edu/.

Who is eligible to take the Summer Session I class at no additional cost?

If you paid full-time tuition in spring, you are eligible to take one domestic class in Summer Session I at no additional charge, as long as you have not accumulated more than 33 credits in the 2020-21 academic year (fall, J-term, and spring combined).

Can I take fewer than 12 credits this spring?

You may if your dean's office grants approval. Some students, such as those receiving military education benefits, those who are student athletes, and those who are international students may not be allowed to take fewer than 12 credits. Contact your dean's office for more information.

Are students who were part-time this fall eligible to take a Summer Session I class without paying additional tuition?

Yes. If you paid full-time tuition in spring, you are eligible to take one domestic class in Summer Session I at no additional charge, as long as you have not accumulated more than 33 credits in the 2020-21 academic year (fall, J-term, and spring combined). Students who take a single Summer Session I class (and no other summer classes) will not pay tuition or the comprehensive fee. For students taking any other summer classes, the summer comprehensive fee has been reduced by $124 to reflect the reduced use of services on Grounds.

I need to enroll in 9 credits this fall and spring, how does this affect my financial aid?

The effect on financial aid will depend on the source of financial aid. Need-based aid from the University and federal loans require that students attend at least half time (typically, this means enrolling in a minimum of 6 credit hours per term) to remain eligible. Students who are receiving military educational benefits, those who are student athletes, and those who are international students must take at least 12 credits.

When is a student eligible for these benefits? Once they have paid their spring tuition?

Students who meet the criteria above are eligible for the Summer Session I class as soon as they pay full-time tuition for spring, so long as they have not accumulated more than 33 credits in fall, J-term, and spring combined.

Can I take a class in Summer Session II or III at no additional cost?

No. Students who are eligible, will be able to select from a range of classes offered in Summer Session I.

If I graduate in May, will the summer class I take help raise my GPA?

No. Once you graduate, the Summer Session I class will NOT be included in your cumulative GPA and will not count toward your degree. If you need the Summer Session I class to meet degree requirements, you may participate in May final exercises, but you will not graduate or receive your degree until August.

How do I register for Summer Session I class at no additional charge?

You will enroll in the class through SIS as usual. The University will evaluate your eligibility to take the class at no additional cost.

Can graduating 4th year Students take a summer session I class?

4th year students who meet the criteria above may take a Summer Session I class at no additional charge, even if they have already graduated. See instructions for students who are receiving a degree in May 2021. 4th year students who need the Summer Session I class credits in order to graduate can still participate in final exercises (and take the Summer Session I class after final exercises).

NCAA Student Athletes

I am an NCAA athlete; how does taking less than 12 credits in Fall and Spring affect my eligibility to compete?

It may. You must obtain approval from the Department of Athletics before asking your dean's office to approve a reduced course load.

I need to take 9 credits this fall, am I considered full-time for NCAA eligibility?

Students seeking to enroll in fewer than 12 credits this fall will need special approval from Athletics and their dean's office.

Military Educational Benefits

I am using military educational benefits; can I take fewer than 12 credits in Fall and Spring?

Enrolling in fewer than 12 credits may affect your benefits. Find more information regarding Veterans and other students using military educational benefits

How does part-time enrollment impact my tuition and fee payment?

We do not anticipate any impact to your tuition and fee payment sent by the VA. If a student is designated as being in an Approved Academic load of part-time, with enrollment of no greater than 6 hours, their tuition will be calculated at a per credit hour rate.

How does part-time enrollment impact my monthly housing allowance?

You must be enrolled more than half-time (more than 6 credits) to be eligible for the monthly housing allowance. Students enrolled in 7-11 credits may be eligible for a reduced monthly housing allowance.

How will J-term and Summer Session I classes be reported to the VA?
J-term and Summer Session classes are non-traditional classes (outside the normal fall/spring semesters). As such, they are certified based on the start/end dates of each class.