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Financial Aid Department

Financial Aid Services Center

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Summer Financial Aid

The Summer Financial Aid Application is available each April for the coming summer term. Additional details will be posted on the summer application information web page while the application is open.

Students who wish to apply for summer financial aid must complete the online application. It is available via Web4U beginning in April.

Aid types available during summer quarter include Federal Direct Loan, Pell Grant and College Bound Scholarship. The Financial Aid Department will determine a student’s eligibility for these aid types when summer application review begins. Students are notified by email when their eligibility has been determined.

Annual and Lifetime Aid Limits

Federal Loans

The amount of federal student loans available is limited to the annual eligibility remaining from the current school year. Parents of dependent students may wish to pursue the Parent PLUS Loan to assist with summer educational costs. Students must be enrolled half time or more in eligible coursework to be eligible for federal loans.

Private Educational Loans

Students and parents may wish to pursue private educational loans to assist with summer educational costs. Some private educational loans may be available at less than half time enrollment.

College Bound Scholarship

Students enrolled in the College Bound Scholarship program and who meet the income eligibility guidelines are eligible to receive up to twelve quarters of College Bound within 5 years of high school graduation.

Pell Grant

To be eligible for summer Pell Grant, students must already have a current year FAFSA on file, be Pell Grant eligible based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC), not exceeded lifetime Pell Grant limits and meet enrollment eligibility requirements as follows.

  • Enroll at least half time in required coursework (6+ credits) (in most cases.)
    • Students who were enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full time Pell Grant amount for fall, winter and spring quarters, must enroll at least half time (6+ credits) in required coursework for summer to be eligible for Pell Grant.
    • Students enrolled part time during fall, winter, and/or spring quarters have no minimum credit requirement to receive Pell Grant. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) threshold may limit eligibility.

Additional considerations

  • Pell Grant or College Bound Scholarship alone are generally not enough to cover the full cost of attending summer courses.
  • Many students use their full loan eligibility over fall, winter and spring quarter(s), leaving nothing available for summer. If possible, students should reserve some of their annual federal loan eligibility for the summer.
  • Students can determine the amount of annual or aggregate loans borrowed and Pell Grant received by logging onto nslds.ed.gov using their FSA ID.

In addition to the summer financial aid application, a current year’s FAFSA is also required to be eligible for summer financial aid. The FAFSA is available online at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa. Students who have not already submitted their current year FAFSA must do so by June 30.

Additional information is available regarding summer term dates, course offerings, and tuition and fees at https://ee.wwu.edu/summer-session.