What is Summer Financial Aid?
Our financial aid year begins with the fall semester and ends with the following summer semester. Since the summer semester is at the end of our aid year, summer financial aid eligibility is determined by those funds that were not used during the traditional academic year (prior fall or spring).
How can I receive/apply for Summer Financial Aid?
No additional paperwork is required to obtain summer financial aid. Once all spring grades are posted at the completion of the spring semester, our office will review Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). This review usually occurs the week following Commencement. If you are enrolled in summer courses after the SAP review, our office will determine your eligibility and post awards on UAConnect for you to accept or decline.
Adding/Dropping summer coursework prior to the summer census date can impact a student's eligibility. Summer financial aid eligibility will only be calculated for those courses added before the Summer Census Date June 8, 2021. If you initially enroll in summer classes on or after the census date, your eligibility will be calculated based upon the date of your initial enrollment. Any enrollment changes after the initial date of enrollment will not cause an increase in your aid eligibility.
Summer enrollment includes any regular courses taken during the May Intersession, 1st 5-week Summer Session, 2nd 5-week Summer Session, 8-week Summer Session, and 10-week Summer Session.
NOTE: August Intersession is included in the fall semester's enrollment and NOT included in summer enrollment. Therefore, summer financial aid cannot be awarded for those hours nor will they be considered as part of the completed hours required for scholarship renewal.
How can I determine my Summer Financial Aid Eligibility?
Each student has an annual limit for financial aid. The annual limit for Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans is based on the student's grade level and dependency status. The federal government has an Explanation of Loan Eligibility. Summer aid is determined by subtracting the amount you borrowed during the traditional academic year from your annual limit.
You may receive a Federal Pell Grant for the summer semester, even if you received a full Federal Pell Grant during the fall and spring semesters. Year-round Pell allows students to receive up to 150% of the award over the course of the academic year. You may use this to earn your degree faster. You are not required to carry a full-time load to receive the summer Pell Grant.
To be eligible for year-round summer Pell Grant funds you must:
- Be eligible to receive Pell Grant funds for the payment period.
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
- Be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) during the summer semester.
- Have lifetime Pell Grant eligibility remaining.
If you are enrolled less than half time for the summer semester, you may still be eligible for Pell Grant funds if you did not already receive your full eligibility for the year.
If you have questions about your eligibility for financial aid prior to our office's review of SAP, please Contact Your Counselor more information.