Published: Feb. 24, 2021

Summer is just around the corner! As you advise your students about their summer options, we wanted to share some resources and dispel a few common myths about Summer Session: 

Myth #1: Summer classes are harder. 

Summer classes are offered in a condensed format, which may make them more challenging for some students. However, depending on the student and their goals, they may actually find the classes easier and more beneficial:

  • Most students only take 1-2 classes in summer, allowing them to focus on a difficult subject without the competing priorities of 3-4 other classes.
  • For students who lose momentum during the traditional semester, summer’s short format can be a welcome change because they can quickly power through a course.
  • Summer classes are smaller, so students gain greater connection to their faculty and peers.
  • During Maymester, students have the opportunity to learn from faculty members who incorporate their current research in their curriculum, giving students a richer learning experience in the course subject matter.

Myth #2: Financial aid isn’t available in the summer.

Thanks to recent changes, PELL-eligible students may be able to receive PELL funds during the summer term. Some financial aid-eligible students using summer to “catch up” are also eligible for the CU Achieve Scholarship. Refer students to the Office of Financial Aid to discuss their specific situation and the available opportunities for them.

Myth #3: Summer is more expensive.

Enrolling in summer classes can actually save a student money.

  • Summer is the only time of year that non-resident students pay pro-rated tuition for part-time enrollment, meaning they only pay for the credits they earn. Since non-resident students can no longer apply for pro-rated tuition for a final part-time semester, taking summer classes can help them avoid paying full non-resident tuition at the conclusion of their degree.
  • Summer classes can save ALL students trying to stay on track or catch up from enrolling part-time during a fall or spring semester, which would require them to pay for expenses like housing for up to an additional year.
  • Summer student fees packages are significantly reduced for part-time students (no fees for Maymester and very minimal fees for only online Summer Session classes).

Myth #4: You must be in Boulder to take summer classes.

Summer Session 2021 will look similar to last summer with hundreds of sections being offered in online, remote or hybrid remote/online formats, including 220 sections of undergraduate, online, main campus courses and more than 370 sections of remote or hybrid remote/online classes. Unlike the early years of Summer Session online courses, there is no duplication between main campus and Continuing Education offerings. This is a great opportunity for students interested in completing an intra-university transfer, close to completing their degrees, or wanting to earn credit while also completing an internship or working during the summer.

Registration begins March 3.

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