Applications can be submitted beginning April 1st. For priority consideration and processing, submit your summer aid application by the priority deadline of May 6th. Regardless of when your application is processed, however, it is your responsibility to pay charges on your student account when those charges become due.
Institutional Aid Eligibility
For information about the availability of departmental scholarships or grants for the summer, please contact your graduate department (or the law school) directly. Often, departmental aid is not available in the summer.
Student Loan Eligibility
In order to receive federal aid for the summer term, you must have submitted a 2015-16 FAFSA and need to be enrolled in at least 4 credit hours; if you are enrolled in less than 4 credits, you may apply for private loans only.
Direct Unsubsidized Loans: You will be awarded a Direct Unsubsidized loan, if you are eligible. Summer is considered the last term of the 2015-16 academic year. Therefore, if you have already borrowed the full $20,500 in an unsubsidized loan during this academic year, you will not be eligible for any additional unsubsidized loan funds in the summer. However, you may be eligible to borrow a Graduate PLUS or private loan to help finance the cost of the summer term.
Graduate PLUS Loans: If you have borrowed a Grad PLUS loan previously in the 2015-16 academic year, you will be offered this loan again for the summer term and can then accept it online. Once accepted, a credit check will be performed by the Department of Education before it can be guaranteed. You will need to pass this credit check, or have a credit-worthy endorser, in order to receive this loan.
If you have not previously borrowed a Grad PLUS loan, but have borrowed a total of $20,500 in a Direct Unsubsidized loan for the 2015-16 academic year, you may apply for a Grad PLUS loan to help finance your summer courses. To apply, complete both a Master Promissory Note and an Application online through StudentLoans.gov. You will need to pass a credit check, or have a credit-worthy endorser, in order to receive this loan.
Private Education Loans: If you will not be enrolled in at least 4 credits, you can apply for a private education loan directly with the lender of your choice. When applying for a private loan, please be sure to use a loan period of 6/13/2016 - 8/11/2016 for summer quarter, or 5/31/2016 - 7/30/2016 for summer semester, on the application.
Work-study employment ends on June 2, 2016 (May 19, 2016 for law students) for the 2015-16 academic year. If you are awarded work-study for the 2016-17 academic year, you may begin working as early as July 11, 2016.
Information for Summer Starts
If you will be starting classes for the first time in the 2016 Summer term, you do not need to complete the online summer aid application. Instead, you will need to complete the 2015-16 FAFSA. Once submitted, you will receive an award letter within 2-3 weeks.