Refund Policy

Refunds

Refund of Credit Card Payments
If your fees have been paid with a credit card, and you are eligible to receive a refund, you will receive a refund back to your credit card. Refunds from cancellations and withdrawals will be processed within 15 business days from the day of the cancellation/withdrawal. Refunds from a decrease in units will be refunded on July 31, 2020. If you add more units after a refund has been processed, you will be subject to the credit card processing fee.

Refund of Non-Credit Card Payments
If your fees have been paid with a method other than a credit card, such as eCheck or International Funds Transfer, and you are eligible to receive a refund, you will receive an email notification within 15 business days that the refund is available either via Direct Deposit (only students with a U.S. bank account are eligible for direct deposit) or as a paper check available for pickup from Cal Student Central. Paper checks are held at Cal Student Central for 10 business days, after which they will be mailed to the address on file and listed in the email notification. For requests regarding your refund check, please contact Cal Student Central.

For Summer 2020, Cal Student Central is not holding checks for pick-up, and checks will be directly mailed to the address on file.

If Your Course is Canceled

Although very few courses are canceled, Berkeley Summer Sessions reserves the right to cancel a course if it has not enrolled enough students before the beginning of course instruction. The sponsoring academic department may also cancel courses based on their internal criteria. In the case of a course cancellation, all enrolled students are notified by email, dropped from the class, and no longer charged for the class. If the canceled course is your only course and you do not want to enroll in another course in its place, please contact us to request that the Cancellation Fee is waived.

For Summer 2020, the cancellation fee is waived in all cases.

Summer Tuition Credit

When a course is dropped after the refund deadline of the session, students receive Summer Tuition Credit, instead of refunds, that can be applied towards the tuition of a new subsequently added class in the same summer term. Summer Tuition Credits are not applied towards the tuition of the previously enrolled course(s).

Please reach out to Summer Sessions Student Services advisers if you are considering making enrollment changes after the refund deadline to help you better understand how Summer Tuition Credit works

Summer Tuition Credit is never refunded and generated every time a course is dropped after the refund deadline of a session.

Example:

• You drop a 3-unit English class in Session C after the refund deadline. Since it is after the deadline to drop and receive a refund deadline you continue to be charged for the English class. However, you now have Summer Tuition Credit in an amount equal to the tuition for a 3-unit course.

• Then you add a 3-unit Math class in Session D. You are charged for both English class and Math class (tuition for 6 units), but the total balance due remains the same (tuition for 3 units); if you already paid for the English class, you will not receive a refund. You have now used all available Summer Tuition Credit, and the credit balance is at zero

• If you drop the 3-unit Math class in Session D after the refund deadline, you are charged for both English class and Math class (tuition for 6 units). Summer Tuition Credit is not applied towards this balance because there is no eligible course to which  the credit can be applied (credit only applies to a subsequently added new course). Because Summer Tuition Credit is generated every time a course is dropped, you now have Summer Tuition Credit in an amount equal to 3-unit course (Math class) to use for any course you subsequently add.

*Credit applied will appear on a student’s account next day pacific standard time.

Refund Appeals

For policies regarding summer tuition and fees, please visit  Summer Fees and Summer Deadlines. If you have extenuating circumstances and need to dispute any of these policies or charges to your account, you may submit a refund appeal by following the instructions below.

Summer 2019 refund appeals will NOT be accepted after Friday, September 21, 2019.

Summer 2020 refund appeals will NOT be accepted after Friday, September 18, 2020.

Please note: Refund appeals for summer term(s) 2016 and earlier will not be accepted, considered, or adjudicated due to a legacy system shutdown.

Required Documentation for the Most Common Appeals

Medical
For a medical problem, we require verification of the severity of the condition (verification of how the condition affects your ability to perform university-level coursework), not a detailed description of the condition itself. We require a letter, typed on official letterhead, from the physician or another personal healthcare provider, or the form used by the Tang Center at UC Berkeley. The letter must be signed by the physician. Emails or unsigned letters on plain stationary are not acceptable.

Death in the Family
We require a copy of the death certificate (or verification of death from the hospital or attending physician), and the deceased's relation to the student.

Refunds for Special Programs

Students participating in a special program offered by Berkeley Summer Sessions, such as Summer Abroad or Global Internships programs, must follow the policies and procedures published in their respective sections. Please refer to the policies for Summer Abroad and Global Internships for more information. Students participating in the College of Environmental Design's Summer Institute, embARC Summer Design Academy, or Disc* programs must follow the policies and procedures published by the CED.