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Summer Financial Aid

Know what you could receive for Summer semester.


Undergraduate students who are enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) during the Summer semester could receive financial aid. Financial aid awards have an annual limit, except for the Parent PLUS Loan. The type and amount of financial aid that you are offered for Summer is based on your enrollment and the type and amount of award that you received during the Fall and Spring semesters. For example, if you were enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) during the Fall and the Spring semesters, you most likely received the annual limit for each award.

Generally only remaining Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loan are awarded and the Federal Parent PLUS Loan is offered to eligible dependent students to fill the gap. Independent students can apply for an Alternative Student Loan to cover their Summer educational cost. However, this loan requires a credit check. If you have any questions regarding what you could receive for Summer semester, feel free to contact the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.

Graduate and professional students who are enrolled at least half-time (Graduate: 3 credit hours and Professional: 5 credit hours) during the Summer semester could receive financial aid up to the Summer cost of attendance. Financial aid is awarded in the late April to early May timeframe after you have registered for your Summer courses. Financial aid will be applied to your university bill the week before the Summer semester begins. Check your Academic Calendar to determine when your financial aid will be applied to your bill.

If you received the annual Direct Loan limit during the Fall and Spring semesters, you will be awarded a Grad PLUS Loan up to the Summer cost of attendance. For example, if your Summer cost of attendance is $18,832, you will be awarded a Grad PLUS Loan in the amount of $18,832.

If you received only a portion of the annual Direct Loan limit during the Fall and Spring semester, subtract what you received from the annual limit and the difference is what you will be awarded for the Summer semester. If the Summer cost of attendance is larger than the remaining Direct Loan, a Grad PLUS loan will be awarded to fill the gap.

REMEMBER: the Grad PLUS loan requires a credit check.​​