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By providing financial relief, Summer Session Grants (SSG) enable students to put more time into their studies and balance their course load through the academic year. Grants are for undergraduate students majoring in engineering, or for students who are on track to declare in an engineering major.

The program assists undergraduate students in completing coursework required for an engineering major during the summer session at Stanford or other accredited colleges and universities. Courses include engineering requirements (fundamentals, science, chemistry, CME, math), other degree requirements like WAYS and foreign language, or other courses that would alleviate a high-unit quarter during the academic year.

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Summer Quarter vs. Summer Session

​Summer Quarter 2020-21 and Summer Session 2021 will be different from past summers. Below is a summary of these changes.

Summer Quarter 2020-21

Summer Quarter 2020-21 will be a fourth 10-week academic quarter for matriculated Stanford students. These 10-week courses will not be available to visiting students.

​Departments and programs with questions about Summer Quarter course offerings should contact their Dean’s Office.

Summer Session 2021

Summer Session 2021 will be offering a limited 8-week remote programfor visiting students only. These 8-week courses will not be available to matriculated Stanford students.

Questions about Summer Session should be directed to Danielle Wood (, Associate Dean & Director of Summer Session.

Learn more at the AY 2020-21 Academic Policies and Course Guidelines.


​Grant requests cannot exceed the cost of the summer course(s), and a maximum of $5,000 per student will be granted regardless of total tuition cost. Students who receive financial aid may be eligible to request an advance (see flowcharts under “Application Details”).


​Undergraduate students must be declared in an engineering major or have taken significant coursework that will be applied toward an engineering major. Priority will be given to students who have not received SSG funding in the past.

Students must plan to complete courses during the summer session and use them toward graduation requirements. Please note that the grants are intended primarily for students who may be minoritized in engineering fields (womxn, non-binary students, all spectrums of gender identity and sexual orientation, first generation and/or low income, first in their family to study engineering, or coming from under-resourced schools or environments with limited exposure to engineering curriculum). 

Application Details 

There are two paths for SSG funding; Stanford classes and off-campus courses. Please see the following flowcharts for application, reimbursement, and deadline information.


Your application will not be considered complete until you have uploaded in PDF format: a four-year plan, and description of the equivalent course at Stanford (including college, course number, and description).

NOTE: An incomplete application WILL DELAY a timely response to your request.

Apply here!



Online application and supporting material

Extended to May 23, 2021

Award details sent to students

June 5, 2021

Accept/decline deadline

June 12, 2021

Students taking off-campus courses ONLY: Reimbursement material deadline 

Sept. 30, 2021

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Frequently Asked Questions

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