In order to be awarded aid for summer, you must be enrolled for the Maymester and/or a summer term. Most types of financial aid require students to be enrolled at least half-time. You can be enrolled half-time in either Maymester or summer courses, or a combination of both. To be eligible for all types of summer aid, you must have a completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have satisfied all other aid requirements. All students receiving aid are expected to be familiar with all financial aid policies.
Pell Grant: Undergraduate students who did not receive their full Pell Grant award during the fall and spring semesters may have Pell Grant eligibility for summer. If you received a Pell Grant while enrolled less than full-time in the fall and/or spring semesters you likely have remaining eligibility. Students with remaining Pell Grant eligibility may be eligible for a Pell Grant even if not enrolled at least half-time. If you received a Pell Grant during the fall and spring terms for 12 credit hours or more, you will not have any remaining Pell Grant eligibility for summer.
University Need Grant: University Need Grant funds are available for summer 2017 and will be awarded to Pell Grant eligible students who are enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours). Due to limited funds, not all students who meet the criteria for the grant may receive it. You are encouraged to enroll for summer courses as soon as possible to be considered.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): Limited FSEOG funds are available for summer 2017. These funds will be awarded to students eligible for a Pell Grant with the greatest level of need as determined by FAFSA results. You are encouraged to enroll for summer courses as soon as possible to be considered.
Undergraduates enrolled in at least 6 credits during the summer who did not borrow their allowed annual loan limits during fall and spring may have remaining Federal Direct Loan eligibility. To estimate your remaining summer loan eligibility, subtract the amount of loans you received during the academic year (fall and spring) from the maximum annual borrowing limit for your grade level. This will generally be the amount of remaining eligibility for the aid year.
Dependent undergraduate students may also have access to a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan if a parent is willing to borrow the loan and passes the required credit check. More information about the Federal Parent PLUS Loan can be found on the U.S. Department of Education's PLUS Loans page.
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If you have already borrowed the full $20,500 in an unsubsidized Direct Loan during the academic year (fall and spring), you have received the annual limit. To estimate your remaining summer unsubsidized loan eligibility, subtract the amount of unsubsidized loan(s) you received during the academic year (fall and spring) from the full amount of $20,500. This will generally be the amount of remaining eligibility for the aid year.
If you have borrowed the full amount of $20,500 in unsubsidized loans, you may be eligible to borrow a Graduate PLUS or private loan to help finance the cost of summer enrollment. Graduate students who have exhausted their unsubsidized Direct Loan eligibility will be offered a Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. In order to be eligible for a Gradate PLUS Loan, you must pass a credit check or have a credit-worthy endorser.
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When Does Summer Aid Disburse?
Financial aid can be applied to your university bill as early as the week before the summer semester begins. If you are taking only Maymester courses, this means your financial aid will be applied to your University bill toward the end of your course(s) or after your course(s) has ended. Be aware of tuition and fee due dates to avoid service charges.
Final summer aid awards are based on enrollment as of the summer census date. If you drop classes, your financial aid is subject to adjustment or cancellation, and may result in a balanced owed to the University.