Transfer Edge

Transfer Edge is a specially designed program for those who have been admitted as transfer students to UC Berkeley for the coming fall. This program gives you an early start on your Berkeley experience by offering popular required courses, as well as courses in your major. This is an opportunity to get to know the campus before the fall rush and connect with peers at popular program events held throughout the summer who will give you an inside look into life at Berkeley. Transfer Edge participants not only get a head start on their Berkeley careers but also save money by paying UC student rates rather than Summer Sessions visiting student rates.

Eligible students who have been admitted to UC Berkeley can register for Transfer Edge through their Cal Central Notifications Tab.


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Transfer Edge courses take place in two sessions: Session C – June 24 to August 16 (eight weeks), and Session D – July 8 to August 16 (six weeks). Students are enrolled on a first come, first served basis.

You may take any of the more than 600 courses Summer Sessions offers during Transfer Edge, including those chosen to fulfill the American Cultures requirement

You will have the opportunity to register for these courses after selecting Transfer Edge through your Cal Central Notifications tab. To be eligible for summer financial aid, you are required to enroll in a minimum of six units.

When considering which classes to take, it may be helpful if you review the general undergraduate graduation requirements. Each college and school within UC Berkeley has its own requirements. Check with your specific college, school, and/or major for specific details. If you are enrolling in a course for your intended major, you must take that course for a letter grade.

Once you have registered for the Transfer Edge Program, you can go to the Cal Student Store website and follow the appropriate links for the summer term and courses in which you are enrolled to access a list of both required and recommended books for your class/es.


In addition to welcoming you to UC Berkeley a semester early, Transfer Edge will help you meet other members of your class, get to know the campus, and help you get your college life off to a great start.

During the summer you will receive an on-campus orientation when you arrive on UC Berkeley campus. This is a mandatory event for all Transfer Edge students. Come and meet other students, the Summer Sessions staff, and learn what Berkeley has to offer. You will hear detailed information the Summer Edge program, learn about resources available to help with your transition to Cal, ask questions of past Summer Edge participants, and learn what you can expect from your summer at Berkeley.

In collaboration with Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP), various social events, activities, and excursions are presented throughout the summer for Summer Edge students to take advantage of. Past events included a visit to Alcatraz, 4th of July Cookout and Fireworks at the Berkeley Marina, and an Oakland A's game.

Summer Sessions staff will be available in the residence halls for drop-in advising sessions to provide support and help in the transition to collegiate life and academics. Drop-in advising dates and times will be discussed at your welcome orientation.


University Housing

Nothing compares to living on campus to help you fully experience University life. Housing at the residence halls offers single, double, and triple occupancy rooms for those participating in the Freshman Edge program. The residence halls include an Academic Services Center, ethernet connections in all rooms, live-in residential staff who provide community development activities and social programs, faculty-in-residence, laundry facilities, and an exercise room. A flexible meal plan offers dining at seven different Cal Dining locations, conveniently located across the campus.

You may find out more about the residence halls, including when and how to reserve a space, move-in dates, and cost at Summer Sessions housing.

International House

International House (I-House) is located in the southeast foothills of the Berkeley campus. It is within walking distance of the central campus classrooms and libraries, recreational facilities, and Berkeley commercial areas. You will live with a diverse group of residents including graduate students, teachers, visiting scholars, and exchange students from around the world.

I-House provides a variety of areas for work and recreation, including a library and computer center. There are study lounges on every floor, a dining commons which offers 19 meals per week, and a small café.

Other Housing Options

For information about other housing options, including family housing and summer sublets, visit the University Housing website.


Summer housing is offered through the University Housing Office, not through the Transfer Edge program. Please refer all questions regarding housing to University Housing.


Transfer Edge students pay UC Berkeley undergraduate tuition of $419 per unit. There are no registration fees or program fees, and there are no out-of-state or international fees for participants of Freshman Edge.

In addition, all UC students pay a one-time only campus fee of $352, which covers the cost of ASUC and other student services.

All UC students not registered on the Berkeley campus for Spring 2019 also pay $40 for the 2019 Class Pass, which allows free access to all AC Transit buses and campus shuttles.

You do not pay at the time that you apply for the program. You will receive a bill for your summer fees and a second bill for your fall fees that will appear on your Cal Central My Finances page under Billing Summary.

For more information about fees and the Summer Sessions refund policy please go to our Fees and/or Refund Policy page.

Financial aid is available for eligible students. Students must submit BOTH the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 FAFSA or the California Dream Act application to determine financial aid eligibility for Summer 2019. Visit Financial Aid for additional details.


Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, you will need to complete both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than June 1, 2019, and include UC Berkeley's federal school code (001312) on the applications. Dream Act students should complete both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 California Dream Act Application no later than June 1, 2019 and include UC Berkeley's federal school code (001312) on the applications.

Note: We strongly encourage families to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to ensure the accuracy of your application information. Please visit Financial Aid for more information.

  1. Complete the 2018-19 AND 2019-2020 FAFSA or Dream Act Application no later than June 1, 2019. Completing the FAFSA or Dream Act Application, along with your summer enrollment, allows the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to determine your aid eligibility for the summer term on the UC Berkeley campus.
  2. Enroll in a minimum of six units for summer.
  3. Login to Cal Central (CalNet ID required) two to three business days after enrolling in your courses. Under My Finances, select 2018-19 from the drop down menu under Financial Aid and Scholarships and click View Awards.
  4. Review your Communications and Tasks to ensure that we have received your 2018-19 FAFSA or Dream Act Application and that you have submitted all required documents.
  5. You can also review your financial aid awards and Cost of Attendance for summer on this page as well.