We will begin processing financial aid for Summer 2020 in mid-April
IMPORTANT REMINDERS about Summer Financial Aid:
- You must submit a 2019-2020 FAFSA with Appalachian's school code (002906) in order to be considered for summer aid.
- If you already have a FAFSA on file, we will use your existing application, no need to complete it again.
- In order to be eligible for summer financial aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.
- You can split up the 6 hours any way you like - 3 in each summer session or 6 in one session and 0 in the other!
- All courses must be registered by the Summer Session I drop-add date (May 27th, 2020), even if the courses do not begin until Summer Session II.
- For financial aid purposes, summer sessions are considered 'trailers' – the last term of the academic year. This means that the financial aid you received in the Fall and Spring semesters of the academic year, may influence your eligibility for summer aid. (For example, if you used all of your federal loan eligibility in the fall and spring semesters, you will not have a federal loan offer available for summer)
Summer aid eligibility will be evaluated based on actual summer enrollment for 2020. 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 27 is the last day to add classes for ALL summer sessions to be considered for financial aid eligibility. If you have not filed your 2019-2020 FAFSA, there is still time to complete an application at studentaid.gov.
Summer Pell Grant Eligibility
There are two situations in which a student may receive Pell Grant for Summer:
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.
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).
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.
150% Pell Grant Availability
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%.
- Students MUST enroll, and begin attendance, in at least 6 credit hours of coursework during the summer term to qualify.
- At Appalachian, the enrollment can be split across the summer sessions, but must equal or exceed 6 credit hours.
Your eligibility for the 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 2019-2020 award year (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 terms).
In order to be eligible for UNCNBG during the summer 2020 term, you must:
- have received the UNCNBG during both the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters;
- be making satisfactory academic progress;
- enroll in courses required for your degree program; and
- have at least 24 earned, but not 30, hours between Fall and Spring.
We anticipate the amount will be between $250 and $1,000 (depending on enrollment), but that amount could change 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. Priority is given to eligible students who register between April 8 and April 22.
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 2020 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 studentaid.gov and submit an application.
If you are a Graduate student and would like to apply for a Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan, please visit studentaid.gov 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. Remember May 27th is the last day to add classes for ALL summer sessions to be considered for financial aid eligibility.
Should you have any questions about summer financial aid or completing a 2019-2020 FAFSA, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.