If funds are needed for summer school, students must complete an Application for Summer Financial Aid (available after Spring Break). If you are requesting a Stafford Loan for summer you need to complete the Summer Stafford Loan Application in addition to the Application for Summer Aid form. Results of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must also be on file for either the prior year or coming year.
The Financial Aid Office will not assume summer school attendance just because it was indicated as intended enrollment on the FAFSA. Many students either mark all terms on the FAFSA or change their minds about taking summer classes.
Please review the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy before accepting summer aid.
When completing the Application for Summer Financial Aid, be very careful to answer the questions correctly about actual summer course enrollment--whether interim, 5 weeks or 8 weeks and the number of credit hours carried each of those terms. These answers affect summer cost figures and aid amounts. Any change in enrollment needs to be reported to the Financial Aid Office as it could cause student aid awards to increase or decrease.
The priority date to have the Application for Summer Financial Aid turned in is April 1.
The availability of Federal Perkins Loans, Work-Study, and supplemental grants for summer students depends on funding.
Pell Grant eligibility is determined by whether or not the full entitlement was already applied to the 9-month academic year, but this program is figured on a student-by-student basis.
Federal Direct Stafford Loans are frequently requested for summer school use. Be sure to check into the effects a summer loan will have on the Stafford loan amount limit that can be requested during the next term and always be aware of the aggregate loan limit as you work towards the successful completion of your degree.