Financial Aid

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Summer Financial Aid

  • Summer aid is based on the previous year's FAFSA, for example Summer 2014 is based on the 2013-14 FAFSA, not the 2014-15 FAFSA.
  • Students must be in good standing for financial aid. Students on financial aid probation or warning cannot receive summer financial aid until their spring grades have posted to their transcript.
  • Pell grants will be offered to eligible students. Generally students can only receive remaining Pell grant eligibility if they were not enrolled full-time for the previous fall and spring semesters.
  • Student loans can be awarded if you have not already received the maximum amount allowed for the academic year.
  • During summer term, Pell grants will increase or decrease based on enrollment until the last day to add of the final session.
  • Please contact our office starting March 1 if you want to see about your summer aid eligibility.

There are new rules for students who drop summer courses while receiving financial aid:

Summer semester is divided into different sessions. You may have courses in more than one session. If you receive financial aid at the beginning of summer term, you will have not established eligibility until you begin participating academically in each of your courses. If you do not complete those courses you will be required to repay some or all of your financial aid.

For example: A student receiving loans and grants is enrolled in one 3-credit May session class and one 3-credit June session class. If the student drops their June session class before it begins, they will have to return their entire student loan and most of the grant because they never established eligibility in six credits.

Q. My FAFSA says I’m Pell eligible.  Can I get Pell grant this summer?

It depends.  Most students who are eligible for Pell grant on their FAFSA can receive Pell grant in the summer if they did not attend full time the previous fall and spring semesters.


Q. I only attended one semester this year. Can I get Pell grant this summer?

Yes. Most students who are eligible for Pell grant on their FAFSA can receive Pell grant in the summer if they did not attend full time the previous fall and spring semesters.


Q. I only attended part time this year. Can I get Pell grant this summer?

Yes. Most students who are eligible for Pell grant on their FAFSA can receive Pell grant in the summer if they did not attend full time the previous fall and spring semesters. However Pell grant will be limited to the remaining amount after you deduct was what received fall and spring terms. Remaining Pell grant is still based on your enrollment.


Q. I received Year-round Pell back in 2010-11, why can't I have it anymore?

Due to budget problems, Congress was not able to fund year-round Pell since 2010-11.


Q. I found another summer class? Will Pell grant cover it?

Maybe, during summer term, Pell grants will increase or decrease based on enrollment until the last day to add of the final session. However you may not have any remaining eligibility.