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 2019-2020 Aid Year from the drop-down menu.
- Go to the "Resources/Additional Information" tab.
- Scroll down, 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 1-3 weeks.
Deadlines & Important Dates:
|Summer Quarter||Summer Semester
|Priority deadline to apply for summer aid:||May 1||April 17|
|Final deadline to apply for summer aid:||June 19||June 19|
|Financial aid disbursement:||June 12||May 16|
|First day of classes:||June 15||May 26|
|Last day of exams:||August 21||July 24|
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 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 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 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 2019-20 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 6/15/2020 - 8/21/2020 for summer quarter, or 5/6/2020 - 7/24/2020 for summer semester, on the application.
Work-study employment ends on June 11, 2020, for the 2019-20 academic year. If you are offered work-study for the 2020-21 academic year, you may begin working as early as July 6, 2020.
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 2019-20 FAFSA. Once submitted, you will receive a financial aid offer via email within two to three weeks.
Please note: The 2019-20 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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