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Summer Aid

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:

  1. Log into PioneerWeb and go to your Student tab.
  2. Click on the "Summer Aid Application" link in the Financial Aid Awards box.
  3. Choose the 2018-2019 Aid Year from the drop-down.
  4. Go to the "Resources/Additional Information" tab.
  5. Answer the two questions and submit.

You'll receive an email with information about your summer aid eligibility once an advisor reviews your application—typically within 2-3 weeks.

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Deadlines & Important Dates:

  Summer Quarter Summer Semester
(Law Students)
Priority deadline to apply for summer aid: May 3 April 19
Final deadline to apply for summer aid: June 21 June 21
Financial aid disbursement: June 14 May 18
First day of classes: June 17 May 28
Last day of exams: August 16 July 26

Types of Summer Aid Available

  • Institutional Aid

    For information about departmental scholarships or grants for the summer, please contact your graduate department directly. Departmental aid is often unavailable over the summer.

  • Student Loans

    To receive federal aid for the summer term, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be enrolled in at least 4 credit hours; if you are enrolled in fewer than 4 credits, you may apply for private loans only.

    Direct Unsubsidized Loans: If eligible, you'll be awarded 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 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, 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, 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 2018-19 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 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 6/17/2019 - 8/16/2019 for summer quarter, or 5/28/2019 - 7/26/2019 for summer semester, on the application.

  • Work-Study

    Work-study employment ends on June 13, 2019, for the 2018-19 academic year. If you are awarded work-study for the 2019-20 academic year, you may begin working as early as July 8, 2019.

    Other work opportunities are available for students seeking employment over the summer. Visit the Student Employment website or contact them at 303-871-6792 or at [email protected] for more information.

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 2018-19 FAFSA. Once submitted, you will receive an award letter via email within two to three weeks.

Please note: The 2018-19 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.



Financial Aid