Minimum Enrollment Requirements
To be considered for federal financial aid, students must be degree seeking and enrolled at least halftime* in required coursework. For financial aid purposes, all summer modules are combined into one processing term. Note that if enrolled in multiple summer sessions, financial aid funds may not be disbursed until enrollment has begun in all sessions.
*An exception to halftime enrollment is Private Student Loans. More information can be found below.
Steps for Summer Financial Aid:
- Must have a completed 2020-2021 FAFSA on file. The federal deadline to apply is June 30, 2021.
- Complete the Summer Financial Aid Application.
- Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Federal Pell Grant:
An eligible Federal Pell Grant recipient can receive up to 150 percent (150%) of his or her scheduled Pell Grant award for the year. Students must be enrolled at least halftime in required coursework; four (4) credits over the entire summer award period. The additional Pell Grant will be included in the student's 600 percent (600%) maximum Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used.
Example 1: Student enrolled fulltime in fall and spring and received the full eligibility of their Pell Grant. Student decides they want to attend the summer term. Student must be enrolled halftime to be eligible to receive Pell Grant.
Example 2: Student enrolled fulltime in spring only and did not attend anywhere in the fall. Student has only used 50% of their full Pell Grant eligibility. Student decides they want to attend summer to catch up on credits. Student would not be required to be halftime since they had not already received 100% of their yearly eligibility.
Federal Direct Student Loans:
Students must be enrolled at least halftime in required coursework to be eligible for Direct loans.
There are maximum yearly limits for Direct student loans. If you have borrowed Direct Loan funds during the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 term(s), you may not have remaining Direct Loan eligibility for summer study. Visit our webpage for current annual loan limits.
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan:
Private Student Loan:
Students are not required to be halftime to be eligible for some private student loans. Students must complete a loan application with the lender of your choice. Please click here more information.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements
In order to receive federal aid* students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. Check your SAP status after each graded term on Student Self Service. Students who are not meeting SAP after spring 2021 are ineligible for summer federal financial aid.
As you schedule your summer classes, keep in mind that your enrollment status, in part, determines your federal aid eligibility. Your enrollment status for federal aid eligibility is determined by how many eligible Title IV credits you are completing. Classes that you enroll in that are not required for your program will not be eligible for federal aid.
*Federal aid includes the PELL, SEOG, Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, Direct Parent PLUS Loans, and Federal Work Study.