Federal Aid Eligibility
Undergraduate students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for summer term are eligible to utilize any remaining federal loan eligibility not maximized during the regular academic year. Summer financial aid packages may include the following:
- Remaining Stafford Loan eligibility - Stafford loan eligibility is determined by the year the student is in school and comparing it to the annual loan limits for that year, as outlined by the Department of Education.
- Summer Parent PLUS Loan - If the student is a dependent student, she/he will receive a Parent PLUS Loan offer if Stafford Loan eligibility has been exhausted.
Students enrolled in fewer than 6 credit hours for the summer term are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Undergraduate students enrolled for summer will receive a Summer Scholarship offer, regardless of enrollment hours. This Summer Scholarship is calculated by taking the total value of institutional scholarships and dividing it by tuition charges during the regular academic year. This is considered a student's Summer Scholarship "percentage." Students enrolled in summer courses will receive a Summer Scholarship that covers this percentage of their summer tuition charges. Because Summer Scholarships are based on tuition charges, they will vary from year to year. This policy is subject to change as funding is approved on an annual basis.
ROTC scholarships awarded in the regular academic year are not used to calculate the Summer Scholarship percentage. For calculation purposes, the Office of Financial Aid will utilize the original institutional scholarship awards offered to the student prior to entry into the ROTC program for Summer Scholarship calculations.
Graduate students are eligible for additional loan funds for summer assistance, providing they are enrolled at least half-time (3 credit hours for summer).
Summer financial aid packages may include the following:
- Remaining Stafford Loan eligibility - Stafford Loan eligibility is determined by the year the student is in school and comparing it to the annual loan limits for that year, as outlined by the Department of Education. If a student has remaining eligibility, the student will receive summer Stafford Loan offers.
- Summer Graduate PLUS Loan - If the student has exhausted his/her Stafford Loans, they can request a Summer Graduate PLUS Loan via the Loan Request/Adjustment form (16-17 academic year).
Students enrolled in fewer than 3 credit hours for the summer term are not eligible for federal financial aid.