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, 2021. 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 2021, 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 2021 only, the cancellation fee is waived.

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.

Refund Appeals

For policies regarding summer tuition and fees, please visit Summer Fees and Summer Deadlines. Students experiencing extenuating circumstances that have questions regarding submitting an appeal (you will be required to calnet authenticate in the system) are encouraged to reach out to Summer Sessions Student Services advisers.

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

Summer 2021 refund appeals will NOT be accepted after Friday, September 24, 2021.

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

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.