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Spring/Summer Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is available during spring/summer, but it is administered a little differently. Please also note that the repercussions of dropping classes during spring/summer can be more harsh.

Federal aid is available for spring/summer through the following circumstances:

  • you have remaining Pell and/or loan eligibility left over from fall/winter; and/or
  • you are eligible for the additional spring/summer Pell Grant with half-time enrollment (see ‘Additional Spring/Summer Pell Grant’ below). 

Spring/summer federal aid is automatically posted to your account if you are eligible. You must be enrolled in order to be awarded. Check My Aid Dashboard for details of your financial aid.

Dropping Summer Classes Warning

If you receive a Pell Grant for both spring and summer terms, dropping your classes can result in paying back Pell Grant depending on the timing.

Dropping All Summer Classes:
If you drop all of your summer classes before the end of spring term, you will pay back all of your summer Pell Grant.

If you drop all of your summer classes after spring term ends, you will pay back all of your summer Pell Grant AND some of your spring Pell Grant as well.

Amounts and Disbursement

There are three periods of enrollment during spring and summer:

Financial aid amounts are based on the combined enrollment of spring, spring-through-summer, and summer classes (loans require at least half-time, 6.0 credits undergrad and 4.5 grad).




Spring Only Beginning of Spring Term
Spring through Summer Beginning of Spring Term
Spring & Summer Beginning of Spring Term
Summer Only Beginning of Summer Term



Census Date

Spring Only Spring Add/Drop
Spring through Summer Spring Add/Drop
Spring & Summer Summer Add/Drop
Summer Only Summer Add/Drop

Loans are not subject to a census date. Classes can be added to reach half-time enrollment at any point during spring/summer to become eligible for a Direct Loan.

Additional Spring/Summer Pell Grant

An undergraduate student can receive up to an additional 50% of their Annual Scheduled Pell Award during the spring and summer terms, depending on their enrollment level. The student must be enrolled in at least a total of 6.0 financial aid eligible credits between spring and summer to be eligible for an additional Pell amount (12.0 total credits for the maximum amount). The additional award supplements any remaining eligibility from fall/winter, it does not replace it. A student who already received 150% Pell prior to spring/summer would not be eligible for this additional Pell amount.

The maximum Pell you may receive during your college career is 600%, or roughly 12 semesters. The additional spring/summer Pell Grant counts toward your aggregate total (150% is used for an academic year if enrolled full-time during fall and winter semester and spring/summer terms).

Spring / Summer Pell Grant Explanation