Summer Aid

While some of our standard financial aid options are unavailable during summer quarters, we do offer limited aid opportunities for students who opt to take summer classes. If you apply by the priority deadline and meet eligibility requirements, you'll have the option to receive a comparable amount of merit- and need-based aid as you would each quarter during the academic year.

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 the Student tab.
  2. Click on the "Summer Aid Application" link in the Financial Aid Information box.
  3. Choose the 2020-2021 Aid Year from the drop-down menu.
  4. Go to the "Resources/Additional Information" tab.
  5. 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. Because of the extremely high volume of applications we receive (especially in April), please allow 3-4 weeks for processing.

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Want to get an idea of what you'll owe for the summer term? Use our estimated billing worksheet.

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Deadlines & Important Dates:

Priority deadline to apply for summer aid: May 1
Final deadline to apply for summer aid: June 18
Financial aid disbursement: June 11
First day of classes: June 14
Last day of exams: August 20

Types of Summer Aid Available

  • Institutional Aid

    Institutional aid eligibility is determined by your expected enrollment as well as the information provided on your FAFSA and CSS Profile. If you're an undergraduate student enrolled in a DU degree program, you'll receive a summer grant comparable to the amount of merit- and need-based funding you received each quarter during the academic year.

  • Federal Aid and Loans

    In order to receive federal aid for the summer term, you must have submitted a FAFSA and be enrolled in at least 6 credits. If you're enrolled in less than six credits, you may apply for private loans only. We'll award any Federal Direct loan or Pell grant for which you are eligible.

    Summer is considered the last term of the academic year. Therefore, your eligibility for Direct loans will depend on what you already received in the fall, winter and spring quarters. Your eligibility for a summer Pell grant will depend on your 2020-21 and 2021-22 FAFSA (if submitted).

    Parent PLUS Loans: Parents of dependent students who are enrolled in at least six credits may borrow a Parent PLUS loan to help finance the cost of the summer term. The application is available online through Parents must pass a credit check or have a credit-worthy endorser in order to receive this loan.

    Private Education Loans: If you're enrolled in less than six credits for the summer quarter, you can apply for a private education loan directly with the lender of your choice. Review our preferred lender list to start comparing options.

  • Work-Study

    Work-study employment ends on June 10, 2021, for the 2020-21 academic year. If you have been 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 the office at 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'll need to complete the 2020-21 FAFSA. Once submitted, you will receive a financial aid offer via email within 2-3 weeks.

Please note: The 2020-21 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.