The Federal Pell Grant program allows students to utilize unused portions of their grant if they attended part-time and only received a percentage of their term Pell award during any portion of the previous academic year.Renewable scholarships are generally capped at a set number of semesters of consideration. Speak with the coordinator for your renewable scholarship award to determine if you can utilize summer as one of your upcoming, qualifying terms.
Because your aid eligibility will be determined based on your total summer enrollment, students are advised to sign up for all summer classes (no matter if they are full session or in one of the later summer segments) by the beginning of the summer term. In doing so, your maximum aid eligibility can be assured.
Planful students are eligible for summer loans when they reserve a portion of their academic year eligibility for the summer. Students in co-op programs are most likely to know enrollment plans for the upcoming year when accepting their annual award offer.
These additional loan options can assist students attending summer semester for 6 or more hours.
- Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans – Students who advance from the freshman to sophomore level or sophomore to junior level may be eligible for additional funds due to a the change in your maximum loan levels and a mid-year class level advancement. Students who did not borrow or were not eligible for their maximum loan eligibility may also find increased eligibility with summer enrollment.
- Federal PLUS Loans – Graduate students and parents of undergraduate, dependent students are eligible for Federal PLUS Loans based on their credit approval.
- Alternative Loans – While they should be explored on a limited basis, non-federal loans are available for summer students.
Students can initiate summer loan requests via email or at One Stop.
Individualized Award Determinations
In addition to the loan items listed above, students who were on co-op, sat out a term, went part-time, or began mid-year may be able to tap into unused academic year aid.
A thorough review of your individual case with knowledgeable staff at One Stop can give you the information necessary to make the best plan for summer enrollment.