Summer FAQs

Each class is different, but many classes meet Monday – Thursday for 90 minutes. Classes taught in the evening often meet twice a week for 2 ½ hours. Most online courses do not meet at specific times.

Yes, the only difference between summer classes and fall & spring classes is that most summer classes are only 6 weeks long. You do the same amount of work, but earn credits faster.

Since summer sessions are only 6 weeks long, we recommend that students take no more than 2 courses per session, or 12 credits total.

Undergraduate and graduate summer tuition rates are charged by the credit hour and may vary by program and location. Depending upon how much financial aid a student receives during the regular school year, this may actually be less expensive than the same class taken during the school year.

Visiting students are charged non-degree tuition rates, which are also billed by credit hour.

Discounted tuition rates may be available to Summer Institute participants. Check individual institutes for details.

Please note: a Student Association Fee of $2.50 per credit hour is also assessed. Some exceptions may apply for specific programs.

For most students, financial aid, including federal student loans, unfortunately, is not available during the summer. Veterans and members of the military may be eligible for Yellow Ribbon or other veterans’ and military benefits.

All students should check with the Office of Student Financial Assistance to see if there is assistance for which they may qualify.

Undergraduate CCAS students may be eligible for a CCAS Dean's Summer Scholarship. The application opens on Monday, March 15 and closes on Sunday, April 11.

Veterans may wish to talk to the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services.

Additionally, some Summer Institutes, which require multiple courses, offer discounted tuition rates to all participants. See the individual institutes for details.

Yes. There is no academic difference between summer classes whether on-campus or online and the same classes taught during the regular school year.

While the classes are academically the same as courses taken during the regular school year, some medical schools may not look favorably upon science classes taken over the summer. If you have not done so already, please consult with the GW Pre-Health Advisors.

Yes, non-GW students can find information on how to register on the GW Summer & Non-Degree Programs website.



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