Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I have already applied for fall semester?
You can still switch to be admitted to start courses in the summer.
How do I switch to start in the summer with admissions?
If you are admitted or readmitted for the Fall 2021 semester and would like to start in Summer 2021, please visit your UM Admissions Portal to select the Summer 2021 term.
What are the dates for 2021?
Summer Start students are encouraged to take the 2nd six-week session (June 21 - July 30) or the 3rd (June 21 - July 9) and 4th (July 12 - July 30) three-week summer sessions.
How much does it cost?
How do I pay for tuition?
You can pay online through your CyberBear account and click on the "student services" button and then "student accounts" and then "pay your registration bill." It is highly encouraged to be cognizant of the summer dates and deadlines.
For more information, here are the registration bill payment deadlines for the summer of 2021.
How do I receive Financial Aid for summer 2021?
Students enrolling in at least six credits for the summer 2021 semester who submit their 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than June 30th, 2021, may be eligible for federal and institutional summer aid. At The University of Montana, the Summer 2021 Semester is considered part of the 2020-2021 academic year.
Students can request Summer aid by completing the Summer 2021 Financial Aid Application or electronically in CyberBear.
More information can be found on UM's Financial Aid website.
Which courses will I take?
We offer over 550 distinct courses to choose from, but it is advised that you take no more than six credits in the Summer Start program and suggested to take one course per summer session. The three-week courses are fast and intensive, but faculty and staff on UM’s campus are here to help you.
For a list of suggested courses for summer 2021, please see the second page of the Summer Start flyer.
Where will I live?
Students wanting to apply for Summer Session Housing will do so through their "myHousingPortal." Summer Session students will be assigned to the Lewis and Clark Villages from May 1 – August 2, 2021. The monthly rate is $552.00 and charges will be posted directly to the student's account in Cyberbear.
For Summer Housing details, please:
- Visit www.umt.edu/housing
- Scroll down and click on the middle tile and it will direct you to the Summer 2021 Housing information OR click on "Residence Halls" in the gray menu bar. On the left-hand side of the screen, scroll down to Summer Housing.
Can I have a job while doing Summer Start?
Due to the condensed nature of the courses and the intensity of the compressed academic schedule in the summer, it is recommended for your first summer not to be employed full or even part time. However, if you are interested in learning more about summer employment opportunities, visit Handshake.
Can I have my car on campus?
Yes, you may have a car on campus. Students can pay to park at meters across campus or pay for a parking pass through Cyberbear, “Student Services” and then “Parking”.
Do I need to register and participate in the New Student Orientation Programming if I am a Summer Start student?
Yes. All first-year traditional students, including those who do Summer Start, should complete Bear Tracks prior to registering for their fall courses and meeting with their academic advisor. The Bear Tracks program is entirely remote again and students have until July 30 to complete it.
In addition, all first-year traditional students are required to attend the Fall New Student Orientation happening in-person from August 23-27.
If you are a transfer student, you can register for your transfer orientation here. It is a program in Moodle just like Bear Tracks and can be done at any time from the end of March to July 30. Transfer students are not required to attend the in-person fall orientation in August, but you are welcome to if you would like. More information for transfer students can be found on UM's orientation website.
What do I do after Summer Start?
There is three weeks after all summer sessions end (July 30) and when Autumn 2021 fall orientation programming begins (August 23 - 27). Autumn 2021 courses begin on August 30.
What happens if I am not successful in my Summer Start course(s)?
If you happen to experience academic difficulty during your summer start courses, you will be able to register for fall and attend fall classes. Help is also available from our qualified faculty and staff to get back on track. Please see more information on Academic Standing from the Office for Student Success.