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Summer Financial Aid

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Summer financial aid is awarded separately from fall and spring semesters. Awards are determined by the classes you are registered for and any aid you have remaining from the academic year.

Summer Aid Eligibility Requirements

  • Submit a 2016-2017 FAFSA to Boise State. We recommend submitting by March 15, 2017
  • Be a newly-admitted or continuing student in a financial aid-eligible undergraduate or graduate program
  • If you’re a continuing student, meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
  • Enroll in enough financial aid eligible credits to receive funds. For federal loans, you must be enrolled at least half-time (minimum of 6 undergraduate or 5 graduate credits)
  • Ensure you have no To Do items or Holds which prevent financial aid awarding
  • Have unused aid from fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters. Annual limits apply to financial aid:
    • Pell Grant recipients are eligible for two full-time semesters of grant funding per year. Part-time students (11 credits or fewer) during fall or spring who received a Pell Grant may have remaining funding to use in summer. Remember to enroll in all credits for Pell Grant by June 7, 2017 (credits will be locked for financial aid purposes).
    • Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) have annual and lifetime limits (see table below). If you accepted or received less than your annual limits in fall and spring, you may request additional loans for summer.

Direct Loan Limits (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)

 Dependent Students*Independent Students
Annual LimitLifetime LimitAnnual LimitLifetime Limit
Freshman$5,500$31,000$9,500$57,500
Sophomore$6,500$31,000$10,500$57,500
Junion/Senior$7,500$31,000$12,500$57,500
Graduate Students$20,500$138,500

*Dependent students are required to submit the FAFSA with parental information

Requesting Summer Aid

Submit the 2016-2017 FAFSA by March 15, 2017. There are two FAFSA versions available – confirm you have submitted the one for the 2016-2017 aid year. You will submit the 2017-2018 FAFSA for next fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018.

  1. Finalize your summer class schedule. Summer registration begins February 21. Finalize your schedule by mid-April at the latest. Classes for Pell Grant consideration must be added by June 7, 2017.
  2. Monitor your Student Center for Holds or To Do items that could prevent summer aid awarding or disbursement.
  3. Use the “Request Summer Loans” link in your Student Center under “Finances” to check your eligibility and to request federal unsubsidized or subsidized loans.Screenshot showing how to access Summer Loans Request
  4. A new To Do item will appear on your Student Center within 24 hours that says “16-17 Summer Loan Request”. This means your request was successful and your aid is being processed.
  5. The Pell Grant will be automatically awarded within 3 weeks of registering for your classes if you are eligible.
  6. You’ll receive an email notification that your aid is awarded. Log in to your Student Center to accept, decline, or reduce your loans. Your Pell Grant is automatically accepted on your behalf.

Receiving Aid (Disbursements)

First session you are enrolled inEarliest date you will receive your financial aid
1st 3 week, 1st 7 week and/or 14 weekMay 3 or May 19 for students who attended Spring 2017*
1st 5 week and/or 10 weekMay 19
2nd 7 weekJune 21
2nd 5 weekJune 28
2nd 3 weekJuly 19
  • You must be enrolled in classes to receive loan funds. Loans requested or accepted after your summer classes end are ineligible for disbursement.
  • Loan awarding typically takes up to 3 weeks after requesting summer loans.
  • Aid will be disbursed (released to pay fees) 3 business days before the start of your earliest session unless you attended spring 2017 semester:
    • Disbursement for sessions which start May 8 may be delayed if you attended spring 2017 semester. We must wait for grades to be finalized and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to be checked before releasing funds.
  • If you didn’t attend spring semester your aid will be disbursed 3 business days prior to the start of your first session – as early as May 3 for the first sessions beginning May 8.
  • Holds, To Do items, or enrolling in too few credits can prevent your aid from disbursing. Make sure your schedule is finalized early (wait-listed classes excluded from counting for financial aid purposes).
  • Dropping classes, even before they have begun, can affect your aid if it has already been awarded. Please contact our office via phone or in-person to discuss the impact to your aid award.

Summer 2017 Dates and Deadlines

Summer session calendar

Review the Summer 2017 Academic Calendar for complete information.

February 21, 2017 Summer session registration begins
March 15, 2017 Priority date to submit the 2016-2017 FAFSA. If you submit after this date, we can’t guarantee your application will be processed in time to award summer financial aid.
March 20, 2017 Earliest date that you can request summer loans and check eligibility via My.BoiseState > StudentCenter> Finances > Request Summer Loans.
April 5, 2017 Recommended deadline to finalize summer schedule.
mid-April Earliest summer financial aid is awarded
June 7, 2017 Summer Census Date:  All credits are locked in by this deadline to be considered for summer Pell Grant amounts.
Two weeks before classes end or July 15, 2017 Earliest deadline to request summer loans.

To-Do Items & SAP Deadlines

My LAST summer session is during TO DO documents must be submitted by this date Satisfactory Progress Appeal due by this date
first 3-week May 18 May 30
first 7-week, first 5-week June 15 June 12
second 7-week, 10-week, second 5-week, 14-week July 14 July 14

Dropping / Withdrawing from Summer Sessions

Summer sessions are shorter and more varied than during the rest of the year. When you drop or withdraw from classes, there can be a significant impact on your aid, including needing to repay funds in some situations. Contact us before you make any changes so we can let you know how changing enrollment can impact your summer aid. This short video explains why one day can make a difference – and why it’s important to drop classes prior to the session start date.

Additional Summer Information

  • There is no initial $50 late fee for summer sessions. If you have a remaining balance after federal aid disburses, then you are charged a monthly late fee of 1.75% per month or $10, whichever is greater.
  • All financial aid is based on your “Cost of Attendance” or budget that is based on your actual enrollment. Ask us about the maximum amount of aid you can receive or how your aid is affected by your budget.
  • If you have a work-study award and want to work after June 20, you need to have completed the 2017-18 FAFSA and have a work-study award. In addition, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credits for fall 2017 (graduate students, 5 credits). Your supervisor will complete a Hire New Candidate form so you can continue working on or after July 1. If you’re a new work-study student, you can start working June 30.
  • You may be eligible for PLUS loans if you are enrolled at least half-time (6 undergraduate, 5 graduate credits). Applications for summer Grad PLUS loans and the Parent PLUS loans are available beginning April 1, 2017.
    • Use the starting and ending period of summer 2017 semester: 05/08/2017 – 08/13/2017
  • Alternative Loans are another option. We recommend federal aid first, (subsidized, unsubsidized, PLUS loans). However, private lenders may be an option if you are ineligible for summer aid. Talk to your private lender for eligibility criteria.