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Summer Financial Aid

While applying for summer financial aid is fairly straightforward, the disbursement of your summer aid, as well as how your schedule changes can cause you to be liable for repayment of your aid, is more complex than during the fall and spring semesters. This complexity is due, in large part, to federal financial aid regulations and the variety of summer session lengths (i.e., 3 weeks, 4 weeks, 5 weeks, 8 weeks, etc.). So to help ensure you have a successful summer, please pay attention to the below reminders.

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Applying for Summer Financial Aid

  1. Meet the Eligibility to Apply requirements.
  2. Submit a Summer Financial Aid Application (priority submission deadline of March 1).
  3. Have on file with Financial Aid and Scholarships the earlier of the two FAFSA’s (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) available at www.fafsa.gov. For example, if you are applying for this summer, submit the FAFSA you used (or would have used) for the fall and spring semesters prior to this summer term.

Your Eligibility for Summer Aid

  • Summer is a continuation of the current school year. Federal loan and Pell grant eligibility in the summer is based on the remaining eligibility after fall and spring.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (a total of 6 hours for undergraduates and a total of 5 hours for graduates) during the summer (correspondence courses do not count toward your enrollment).
  • Be a degree-seeking student (as opposed to a visiting or transient student).
  • Meet all requirements of the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy in order to receive financial aid.

Losing My Summer Aid Eligibility After Spring Grades Post

  • Your summer aid is typically awarded before spring grades post in May.
  • Once spring grades post in May, we are federally required to determine if you are meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
  • If you are not meeting the SAP requirements, you will lose financial aid eligibility.

When You Can Expect Your Aid

Due to the various term lengths during summer (i.e., 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, etc.), the summer disbursement dates are typically different for each student (unlike the fall and spring semesters). To better understand when your aid will disburse based on the hours for which you are enrolled, please review the below tables. Also, prior to your aid disbursing, you must meet all eligibility requirements as listed on Eligibility to Apply and complete all the requirements specified on the Financial Aid tab of Texas State Self-Service.

When will I receive my loan for summer?
Your financial aid loans will disburse 10 days prior to the first day of class AND upon your reaching half-time enrollment status.

For example, if you are an undergraduate and are registered in:

Summer I
(June-July)
Summer II
(July-August)
You will receive your loan
3 Hours 3 Hours July
1 Hour 6 Hours July
6 Hours 1 Hour June
3 Hour 0 Hours N/A*
0 Hours 6 Hours July

* Must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for loans.

When will I receive my grants for summer?
Your financial aid grants will disburse 10 days prior to beginning classes provided you are registered at least half-time.

For example, if you are an undergraduate and are registered in:

Summer I
(June-July)
Summer II
(July-August)
You will receive your grants*
3 Hours 3 Hours June
1 Hour 6 Hours June
6 Hours 1 Hour June
3 Hour 0 Hours N/A**
0 Hours 6 Hours July

*Pell Grant payments vary by student depending on the amounts received in the fall and spring terms and how much eligibility remains for summer. Generally, a portion of the award pays out 10 days before each class begins.

** Must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for state grants.

How Schedule Changes or Withdrawing Can Cause You To Owe Aid

You may be required to repay all or a portion of your financial aid (or become grant ineligible), if you:

  • Drop a course from your schedule--even if you complete other courses in different summer sessions.
  • Do not attend or complete the course hours that you originally indicated on your summer aid application.
  • Do not attend or complete the entire period of enrollment (i.e., weeks or months) that you originally indicated on your summer aid application.
  • So be sure to visit with a financial aid representative before dropping a course.