Financial aid generally is available only for the nine-month academic year except for students in special programs, such as Cooperative Education, that require summer attendance. In other cases, the Federal Direct PLUS Loans (for graduate students or parents) and private loans usually are the only types of aid available for summer school. Students who borrowed the Federal Direct Loan maximum during the academic year are not eligible for additional Direct Loan assistance in the summer unless they have progressed to a higher grade level with a higher loan limit.
Application for summer session aid requires a separate summer enrollment form in addition to the FAFSA. Students should NOT submit the Summer Enrollment Form until their summer session schedule is FINALIZED. Financial aid will be processed based on a student's registered credit hours in the iROAR portal. Summer loans are not processed automatically based on submission of the FAFSA. Students planning to attend the summer session in 2016 must submit the Summer Enrollment Form online and a 2015-2016 FAFSA (if not already submitted) by the suggested deadline of April 1. Students or parents applying for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan must complete a loan application/promissory note onine at studentloans.gov, and if applying for a private loan students and their co-signers must complete a loan application/promissory note directly with their lender of choice. First-time Federal Direct Loan borrowers must complete a promissory note and entrance loan counseling at studentloans.gov.
Students progressing to a higher grade level with a higher loan limit may apply for the difference between their current loan limit and the higher amount. They must reach the higher grade level at the end of the spring semester; credit hours earned in the summer will impact loan limits for the next academic year. Summer Enrollment Forms will be held until spring semester grades are complete if credit hours earned in the spring need to be counted.
Students with the Palmetto Fellows or the LIFE Scholarship may request to receive a summer disbursement of their scholarship if they meet the eligibility requirements for their scholarship. To learn about these eligibilty requirements, please review the guidelines on the Summer Disbursements of State Scholarships webpage.
Cooperative Education students who wish to receive their unused fall or spring scholarship stipends in the summer must enroll in at least 12 credit hours during the summer session. A total of 24 credit hours must be completed for the year in order for renewable University scholarships to be awarded for the following year. (More restrictive criteria apply for renewal of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or LIFE Scholarship.)
For most types of aid, students must be enrolled at least half time (currently six credit hours for undergraduates, five hours for graduate students) for the period of the aid request. Students receiving Non-Resident Scholarships or Out-of-State Tuition Scholarships may be eligible to receive a prorated amount of their scholarship in summer.