Summer 2019 Financial Aid Eligibility

Summer aid eligibility will be evaluated based on actual summer enrollment for 2019. We will begin reviewing enrollment and evaluating eligibility during the early registration period. Most financial aid requires a minimum of 6 credit hours of enrollment for eligibility. During the summer, those hours can either be divided into 3 credit hours per session or 6 credit hours in one session.

It is important to note that May 29th is the last day to add classes for BOTH summer sessions to be considered for financial aid eligibility. Financial aid for the Summer 2019 session is based on the 2018/2019 FAFSA. If you have not filed your 2018/2019 FAFSA, there is still time. You can complete a new 2018/2019 FAFSA at

Summer Pell Grant Eligibility

There are two situations in which a student may receive Pell Grant for Summer:

  1. Residual eligibility.
    1. When a student does not receive 100% of their eligible Pell Grant funding during the fall and/or spring terms, they may receive the remainder of their eligibility when enrolled during the summer term.
    2. Depending on the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the student may qualify at less than half time enrollment during the summer (less than 6 Credit Hours of enrollment).
    3. Residual eligibility results from not enrolling in a fall or spring term, or when the student is not enrolled full time in a fall and/or spring term.
  2. 150% Pell Grant Availability
    1. Students who utilize 100% of their Pell Grant eligibility during the fall and spring terms may receive additional Pell funding for summer, up to an additional 50%.
      1. Students MUST enroll, and begin attendance, in at least 6 Credit Hours of coursework during the summer term to qualify.
      2. At Appalachian, the enrollment can be split across the summer sessions, but must equal or exceed 6 Credit Hours.

Your eligibility for Pell grant will be determined once you have enrolled for Summer classes. If you adjust your enrollment after you have been awarded, your eligibility status may change and your Pell Grant will be updated accordingly. 


Summer State Grant Eligibility 

Our office has been notified by the state grant agency that there are limited additional University of North Carolina Need-Based Grant (UNCNBG) funds for summer. The awarding criteria are very specific and are intended to help eligible students earn 30 credit hours during the 2018-19 award year (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 terms).

In order to be eligible for UNCNBG during the summer 2019 term, you must (1) have received UNCNBG during both the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters; (2) be making satisfactory academic progress; (3) enroll in courses required for your degree program; and (4) have at least 24 earned, but not 30, hours between Fall and Spring.

We anticipate the amount will be between $250 and $1,000, but that amount could be lower or higher once we are able to determine the number of eligible applicants after pre-registration ends. Because these funds are limited, there is the possibility we could run out so registering as early as possible will be critical. Thus, priority is given to eligible students who register between April 1st and April 12th.

Summer Federal Direct Loan Eligibility

If you have enrolled for summer classes, you will be able to see your potential remaining loan eligibility at the following link: Summer 2019 Federal Loan Eligibility.

If you are a dependent student and your parent would like to apply for a Federal Direct PLUS loan for the summer term, please instruct your parent to visit and submit an application. 

If you are a Graduate student and would like to apply for a Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan, please visit and submit an application. 

Please note that you must enroll in at least 6 credit hours for the Summer term in order to be eligible for Federal loans. Also remember May 29th is the last day to add classes for BOTH summer sessions to be considered for financial aid eligibility.

Should you have any questions about summer financial aid or completing a 2018/2019 FAFSA, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.



Office of Student Financial Aid
Phone: 828-262-2190