Summer School Info

Students should first review our FAQs page for answers to commonly asked questions about summer school as they may not be answered here.


  • AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION: if going to Summer School at home (community college or other 4 year institution) you must fill out a permission form with ECU first. Go to the Registrar’s Office website:; click “Forms” on the left-hand menu; click "Permission to Take Courses at a US College or University." *Note: Directions for submission are located on the form. This form should be submitted before a student enrolls in courses at another institution. Use the 'Course Equivalencies' tool to determine courses at other institution that will transfer back to ECU as a specific course you need. In order for the course to apply as transfer credit here at ECU, students must make a grade of C or higher and ask the other institution to send their final transcripts to ECU's Registrar's Office.
    • Any student NOT enrolled for one or more (fall or spring) semesters on the main campus of the university must apply for readmission. Applications for readmission and submission deadlines are available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Readmission to the university does not guarantee readmission to individual academic programs. Students who have been enrolled at another college or university since their last enrollment at East Carolina University must submit to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions official transcripts indicating that a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale has been earned on all transferable courses attempted.
  • AT ECU: will register for summer classes the same way and same time as fall classes – you may select to attend summer session 1, summer session 2, and/or 11 week summer session. The 11 week session spans the entire time of both summer sessions 1 and 2. Students may register for a course in the 11 week session and courses in both summer 1 and 2 – however, they must adhere to credit maximums for summer sessions 1 and 2 (up to 7 hours). FOR EXAMPLE if a student took a 3 credit course during the 11 week summer session, s/he would only be able to take 4 hours in addition both summer sessions 1 and Review the University Academic Calendar for important summer dates.


  • AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION: students should address this with the other institution.
  • AT ECU: students are charged differently during the summer. Instead of paying for courses in chunks (a set amount for 0-3 hours, 3-6 hours, etc.) students are charged per credit (1 hour is a certain amount and you multiply that amount by the total number of hours you're taking). There is a difference in cost for on-campus (coded 008) and distance education (DE, coded 650) courses. See here for more tuition/fees info on the Cashier's website. DE courses are cheaper in the summer.


To get financial aid for the summer you need to do the following:

  • Have completed a FAFSA for the applicable academic year.
    • A consortia agreement must be submitted in order to receive financial aid for a course at another institution. Contact your financial aid counselor at least one semester prior to taking the class(es) for more information. Students will be responsible for submitting to the Financial Aid office an approved copy of their "Taking Courses at another US Institution" permission form.
  • AT ECU:
    • Register for at least 6 hours over the summer (at ECU).
    • Complete the Summer School Aid Application and submit to the Financial Aid office. See here for access to this form online and contact your financial aid counselor with any questions you might have.


  • AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION: use the 'Course Equivalencies' tool to determine courses at other institution that will transfer back to ECU as a specific course you need. If a course isn't listed, you will need to wait for feedback from the Center for Academic Services after submitting your permission form.
  • AT ECU: search for courses as you would for any fall or spring semester.