Financial aid for summer is awarded separately from the academic year, and there are many differences between the summer aid process and the academic year process. If you are planning on attending summer school, please review all of the information on this page.
Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards in order to receive aid for summer. If a student is academically dismissed, the student must be readmitted in order to receive aid for summer. Students admitted as a qualifier are ineligible for financial aid. A qualifier is a student admitted to summer school only with no future term enrollment.
For most aid programs, students must be enrolled at least half time for summer. Half time is defined the same in the summer as during the academic year:
6 credits for undergraduate students
4.5 credits for graduate students.
Dropping classes during the summer may adversely affect your financial aid, especially if you drop below half time status. The Financial Aid Office will continuously monitor enrollment to determine if a student has withdrawn for summer or if the student is not enrolled in the number of credits for which aid was awarded. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have enrollment questions.
Pell Grants are available during the summer if a student has not received the full Pell award during the preceding academic year. If a student has received the full Pell Grant during the academic year, then a student may receive an additional semester of Pell Grant during the summer, depending on enrollment, Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and the Pell Lifetime Eligibility Usage for that student. The student must be attending at least half time.
Students interested in Work Study must indicate this on the Summer Application. Contact the Financial Aid Office if you need help finding a summer Work Study job.
Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans have an annual loan limit based on year in school. If a student borrowed the total loan limit during the preceding academic year, there will be no additional Direct Loans for summer. If the student is changing grade level after spring term, and the new grade level increases the loan limit, the student should contact the Financial Aid Office after spring grades have been processed.
Parents may borrow PLUS Loan during the summer by submitting a Parent Loan application through studentloans.gov. Be sure to apply using the correct academic year. Summer is considered part of the previous award year. If the parent is denied the loan, the student may be eligible for additional Unsubsidized Loan based on the annual loan limits.
Students can apply for a private loan from any lending institution that offers these loans to help pay for summer. Visit the private loan page for more information on these types of loans.
Aid for summer disburses based on the first session the student attends. For example, if a student attends the first summer session, aid will disburse by the start of that session. However, if a student is not attending a session until July, the aid will be delayed until that time. Please be aware of this when budgeting for summer.