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 2021 summer aid application is closed.

Do you need aid for the summer? Send an email to

The application for the 2022 summer term will open in March.

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 have submitted a 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 2020-21 academic year, you may apply for a Grad PLUS loan to help finance your summer courses. Apply 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 6/14/2021 - 8/20/2021 for the summer quarter, or 6/1/2021 - 7/29/2021 for the summer semester, on the application.

  • Work-Study

    Work-study employment ended on June 10, 2021, for the 2020-21 academic year (May 20th for law students). If you are offered work-study for the 2021-22 academic year, you may begin working as early as July 5, 2021.

    Other work opportunities are available for students seeking employment over the summer. Visit the Student Employment website or contact them at for more information.



Financial Aid