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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 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:

Priority deadline to apply for summer aid: May 3
Final deadline to apply for summer aid: June 21
Financial aid disbursement: June 14
First day of classes: June 17
Last day of exams: August 16

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 2018-19 and 2019-20 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. To apply, both a Master Promissory Note and an application must be completed 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 13, 2019, for the 2018-19 academic year. If you're 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 the office 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'll need to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA (and CSS Profile if you are an undergraduate student not enrolling in University College). Once submitted, you will receive an award letter via email within 2-3 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