In order to be be eligible to receive federal student aid in the summer, you must:
- Meet all general eligibility requirements
- Meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (SAP)
- Be a UAFS degree-seeking student
- Be enrolled in classes required for your degree
- Not be a summer-only transient student*
*Transient students are encouraged to reach out to their home school to discuss a Consortium Agreement for summer federal student aid.
Please Note: Because summer aid processing begins in early March, you may receive a financial aid award for summer before spring grades have been posted. It is possible to have summer aid awarded before your Satisfactory Academic Progress is reviewed. If you fail to meet SAP requirements, you can lose summer aid eligibility due to being placed on Financial Aid Suspension after spring SAP has been reviewed. You will be notified of your suspension status after your SAP status has been reviewed.
Federal Year-Round Pell
- If you have used 100 percent of your Federal Pell Grant award in the fall and spring semesters, you may be eligible for additional Federal Pell Grant funding for the summer with Federal Year-Round Pell.
- You must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) prior to the summer census date.
- Federal Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) is limited by federal regulation to 600 percent.
Federal Direct Student Loans
- Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours).
- You will find the Summer Federal Loan Application in your My.UAFS portal under Financial Aid
- Parents of dependent students may apply for additional federal loan funds for the student by applying for a Parent PLUS Loan.
Federal Work Study
- Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) in the summer or fall semester.
Alternative Federal Loans
To be eligible for the additional Federal Pell Grant funds, you must meet all general eligibility requirements to receive financial aid for the payment period and must be enrolled at least half-time in the payment period for which you receive the additional Federal Pell Grant funds in excess of 100 percent of your Federal Pell Grant scheduled award.
If you are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant during the traditional academic year and were not enrolled full time, you may have Federal Pell Grant eligibility remaining for the summer semester. The Financial Aid Office will automatically determine your eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and award any eligible funds.
The annual limit for Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans is based on the your grade level and dependency status. Once you determine your annual limit, you would simply subtract out any amount borrowed during the traditional academic year.
Once you have registered for all your summer coursework, prior to the summer census date, you can request Federal Direct Loan funds by completing the Summer Financial Aid Application, which is available through you My.UAFS student account.
Summer enrollment includes any regular courses taken during the first or second five-week summer session and the 10-week summer session.
The awarding process for summer federal student aid will begin in early March. Due to many variables concerning a student’s eligibility for summer federal student aid, it may take more time for your summer federal aid to be processed than during the traditional academic year. Summer federal aid may be awarded before spring grades have been posted.
Since processing of summer federal aid begins prior to spring grades posting, you may receive a federal student aid award for summer before Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is reviewed at the completion of the spring semester. SAP is generally reviewed within a week after spring commencement. This can impact your eligibility for federal student aid.
It is possible that a student who is awarded summer federal aid before SAP is reviewed can lose their eligibility for summer federal aid due to being placed on Financial Aid SAP Suspension. If you do not qualify after review of SAP at the completion of the spring semester, you will be notified through email.
Adding/Dropping summer coursework prior to the printed census date on the summer application can impact your eligibility.
Eligibility for federal student aid for summer coursework will only be calculated for those courses added before the summer census date.
Click here for more information about Cost of Attendance. The summer COA will be manually calculated based on your summer coursework.