While many students are only eligible for student loans to help pay for the summer term, we encourage you to contact your graduate department to learn if there are any institutional aid opportunities available for summer.
The Summer Aid Application is now available!
All students who are interested in receiving aid for the summer quarter must submit a summer financial aid application:
- Log into PioneerWeb and go to your Student tab.
- Click on the "Summer Aid Application" link in the Financial Aid Information box.
- Choose the 2021-2022 Aid Year from the drop-down menu.
- Go to the "Resources/Additional Information" tab.
- Scroll down, indicate how many credits you plan to take, and submit.
You'll receive an email with information about your summer aid eligibility once an advisor reviews your request. Because of the extremely high volume of applications we receive (especially in March and April), please allow 4 weeks for processing.
Want to get an idea of what you'll owe for the summer term? Use our estimated billing worksheet.
Deadlines & Important Dates:
|Summer Quarter||Summer Semester
|Priority deadline to apply for summer aid:||May 1||April 22|
|Financial aid disbursement:||June 10||May 21|
|Expected financial aid refunds:||June 14||May 24|
|Final deadline to apply for summer aid:||June 17||June 17|
Types of Summer Aid Available
For information about departmental scholarships or grants for the summer, please contact your graduate department directly. Departmental aid is often unavailable over the summer.
To receive federal aid for the summer term, you must have submitted the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be enrolled in at least 4 credit hours.
Direct Unsubsidized Loans: If eligible, you'll be offered a Direct Unsubsidized loan. Summer is considered the last term of the academic year, so if you've already borrowed the full $20,500 in an Unsubsidized loan over the previous quarters/semesters of the academic year, you will be ineligible 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 borrowed a Grad PLUS loan previously in the academic year, you will be offered this loan again for the summer term. Once accepted, the Department of Education will perform a credit check before it can be guaranteed. You will need to pass this credit check or have a credit-worthy endorser to receive this loan.
If you have not previously borrowed a Grad PLUS loan, but borrowed a total of $20,500 in a Direct Unsubsidized loan for the 2021-22 academic year, you may apply for a Grad PLUS loan to help finance your summer courses. Apply online through StudentAid.gov. You will need to pass a credit check, or have a credit-worthy endorser, to receive this loan.
Private Education Loans: If you'll be enrolled in fewer than 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 6/13/2022 - 8/19/2022 for the summer quarter, or 5/31/2022 - 7/28/2022 for the summer semester, on the application.
Work-study employment ends on June 8, 2022, for the 2021-22 academic year (May 19th for law students). If you are offered work-study for the 2022-23 academic year, you may begin working as early as July 5, 2022.
Information for Summer Starts
If you will be starting classes for the first time in the summer term, you do not need to complete the online summer aid application. Instead, you will need to complete the 2021-22 FAFSA. Once submitted, you will receive a financial aid offer via email within two to three weeks.
Please note: The 2021-22 FAFSA is only available through June 30th. After that date, you will no longer be able to receive federal aid (including loans) for the summer term.
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