Frequently Asked Questions
I'm a high school student looking for a summer university experience. Does USF offer summer Pre-College programs?
USF Pre-College invites rising high school junior and seniors from throughout the country and around the world to an outstanding summer experience at the University of South Florida. Students with exceptional ability and promise will pursue academic interests, discover career opportunities, and explore the independence of university life. Beyond the classroom, group projects and social activities further the exchange of ideas with equally talented peers. For more information on summer programs for high school students, visit the USF Pre-College website.
Do I have to attend Summer term?
All students entering USF with fewer than 60 semester hours of credit are required to earn at least nine semester hours of credit prior to graduation by enrolling in courses for one or more summer sessions.
Students receiving certain scholarships (USF Tradition of Excellence Awards, Green & Gold Awards, etc.) and/or transferring credit hours from AP exams/IB enrollment may be exempt from this requirement. It is imperative that all students check with their academic advisor as to the applicability of the summer enrollment requirement.
Remember: Enrolling in the summer is a great way to get ahead, lessen your academic load in the fall and spring, retake a course, or take a prerequisite or preprofessional course.
Do I need to follow the immunization policy?
Prior to registration for classes that meet on campus, all students younger than 40 must submit acceptable proof of immunity to rubella to Student Health Services. Students born after December 31, 1956, must also submit proof of immunity to measles. USF's Immunization Policy is available here.
Can I receive financial aid?
Financial Aid is available for eligible students. You must be enrolled for six undergraduate credit hours or five graduate credit hours to receive aid for Summer term. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid. You can fill out the summer financial aid application here.
When will I get a check for my Summer term financial aid funds?
Summer financial aid funds cannot be posted to your student account until Spring term grades have been posted and your satisfactory academic progress has been reviewed.
Funds for summer will be disbursed to your student account after the end of drop/add for Summer Sessions A and C. If you plan to take any Session B courses, you should register for them prior to the drop/add deadline for Sessions A and C. The first disbursement of student loans is restricted to half of the loan funds you are scheduled to receive for that term and is disbursed after the end of the drop/add period for the term. By law, the balance of the loan funds for the term cannot be disbursed until after the midpoint of the term.
You must be enrolled for at least six credit hours at USF (five credit hours, if you are a graduate student) to receive financial aid for summer. Net checks will then be generated and mailed by Student Financial Services, or deposited directly in your account via eDeposit. Check OASIS to view the anticipated disbursement date for your awards. You may also set up eDeposit via OASIS. All net checks generated by Student Financial Services and the amount of the checks will be posted on your student account in OASIS.
For more information, you may refer to the Student Financial Services webpage.
Can I receive a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship award for Summer term?
Currently there is no Bright Futures funding for summer classes.
How do I pay for Summer term classes?
Please remember that you will not receive a bill. Tuition is due on the fifth day of the Summer term. To confirm the total amount of tuition fees you owe, you can view your account on the web. To access your fee information via the Internet, log on to OASIS at: oasis.usf.edu, click on Student Login - Student - Tuition & Fees - View Account Summary and Pay My Bill. Please note that once you have paid your fees, your fee amount shown on the web will reflect your payment (i.e., if you have paid the entire amount, you will see that $0.00 is due). You may also use OASIS to see if you have a financial aid deferment and to check the expiration date of the deferment.
In order to receive a deferment based upon receipt of need-based aid, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the USF Office of Financial Aid must receive the results from the Federal Processor before a deferment can be issued. It takes six to eight weeks from the date that you file the FAFSA for the Office of Financial Aid to receive the results from the Federal Processor.
Pay or postmark your check by last day of drop/add for Summer Sessions A & C and by last day of drop/add for Summer Session B to avoid the $100.00 Late Payment Fee Penalty.
As a visiting (transient or non-degree) student, do I need to provide my transcripts?
You do not need to provide your transcripts but you must file the appropriate applications and proof of residency. Information and forms for transient students can be found here and information and forms for non-degree seeking students can be found here.
As an international student, can I enroll in Summer term?
USF welcomes applications from international students as freshmen (first time enrolling
at a university), lower-level transfer students (less than 60 credits), and upper-level
transfer students (more than 60 credits).
International applicants living outside the U.S. may apply up to one year prior to the desired term of entry. Additional time is usually required for submission of academic documents, evaluation, and immigration related matters. I-20 issuance for obtaining a student visa must be completed at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester.
Both freshmen and transfer international student applications for Summer term are due March 1. Click here for more information for international students.
As an out-of-state student, can I enroll in Summer term?
Housing is available on the USF campus for Sessions A, B and C of Summer term. For
more information and to apply online, visit the Housing & Residential Education website.
Online courses are another excellent choice for out-of-state students.
Will there be parking on campus during the summer?
Parking permits are available in the summer. Please visit the Parking Permits website for more information.
Is there housing available for students who stay on campus during the summer?
We do have summer housing available, and students can apply online. For more information, please visit the Housing & Residential Education website.
What is there to do in Tampa when I am not in class?
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Explore the Visit Tampa Bay Website for more information.