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Students enrolled in summer courses can receive financial aid. Because the term is shorter and has several “parts of term,” the aid process is a little different than what happens in fall and spring.

Applying for summer aid

Students who have a current-year FAFSA on file will be automatically considered for summer aid as soon as they enroll in summer courses. Students who have not applied for aid should complete a FAFSA as soon as possible. 

NOTE: Summer term is considered the last term of the academic year. For example, a student who has filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA is covered for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021. If a student only has a 2021-2022 FAFSA filed, they would not be considered for Summer 2021 aid.

Types of aid available

Student aid awards may include a combination of Federal Pell Grants and Federal Student Loans. Graduate students and parents may also apply for PLUS Loans following the normal application process.

Eligibility for summer aid

In addition to having a current-year FAFSA on file, students must:

  • Be fully admitted or currently enrolled in an eligible degree-seeking or certificate program at UNCG.
  • Be registered for summer semester. Most types of aid require half-time enrollment (6+ hours for undergraduate students; 4.5+ hours in 500-level or higher classes for graduate students).
  • Satisfy all outstanding financial aid requirements.
  • Satisfy all other University requirements (e.g., final transcripts, pay prior balances, etc.).
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Award notification

Eligible students will receive an email directly from Financial Aid with information about their summer award package. Summer aid processing begins in March. The earlier students register for summer courses, the sooner they will be notified.

If a student’s enrollment changes after their summer financial aid is initially awarded, Financial Aid will re-calculate the award as necessary. Aid is based directly on course enrollment so any changes to summer registration can impact a student’s aid eligibility.

Summer aid disbursement

Summer financial aid will disburse based on the student’s actual enrollment. Aid will show as pending towards the student bill until the student reaches an eligible enrollment level — usually half-time. 

Once eligible, aid will disburse as long as the student is still enrolled in the number of hours and sessions for which they were initially awarded; have no holds; still meet all eligibility requirements; and have paid any balance not covered by the financial aid award. 

Please note that Pell Grants may disburse on a prorated basis, meaning that students may have more than one disbursement of those funds throughout the summer semester.