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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 2017-2018 FAFSA to Boise State by March 15, 2018. (If you submit your FAFSA after March 15, we are unable to guarantee your application will be processed in time to award summer financial aid.)
  • 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 by midnight on June 6, 2018 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 loan eligibility from fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. 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
(parent info on FAFSA)
Independent Students
Annual LimitLifetime LimitAnnual LimitLifetime Limit
Graduate Students$20,500$138,500

Year Round Pell Grants

Beginning summer 2018, Pell Grants are available year round. For some students, there is a requirement to enroll at least half-time (6+ credits) to receive the Pell Grant for summer. Learn more about year round Pell Grants.

Requesting Summer Aid

Submit the 2017-2018 FAFSA by March 15, 2018. There are two FAFSA versions available – confirm you have submitted the one for the 2017-2018 aid year. (You will submit the 2018-2019 FAFSA for next fall 2018, spring 2019 and summer 2019.)

  1. Finalize your summer class schedule. Summer registration begins February 20. Finalize your schedule by mid-April if possible. Classes for Pell Grant and Direct Loan consideration must be added by June 6, 2018.
  2. Monitor your Student Homepage for Holds or To Do items that could prevent summer aid awarding or disbursement.
  3. Log into
  4. Check your internet setting to allow pop-up screens
  5. Select the Student Homepage tile
  6. Select the Financial Aid tile
  7. Select the 2019 Aid Year for summer aid
  8. Select the “Request Summer Loans” link to check your eligibility and to request federal unsubsidized or subsidized loans.Screenshot showing how to access Summer Loans Request
  9. A new To Do item will appear on your Student Center within 24 hours that says “18-19 Summer Loan Request”. This means your request was successful and your aid is being processed.
  10. The Pell Grant will be automatically awarded within 3 weeks of registering for your classes if you are eligible.
  11. You’ll receive an email notification that your aid is awarded. Visit the Financial Aid tile 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 or 14-weekMay 2 or end of May for students who attended Spring 2018*
1st 5-week or 10-weekMay 23
2nd 7-weekJune 20
2nd 5-weekJune 27
2nd 3-weekJuly 18

  • 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 2018 semester:
    • *Disbursement for sessions which start May 7 may be delayed if you attended spring 2018 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 release 3 business days before the start of your first session – as early as May 2 for the first sessions beginning May 7.
  • 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 2018 Dates and Deadlines

Review the Summer 2018 Academic Calendar for complete information.

Feb. 20, 2018Summer session registration begins
March 15, 2018Priority date to submit the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for summer aid. If you submit your FAFSA after this date, we can’t guarantee your application will be processed in time to award summer financial aid.
March 20, 2018Earliest date that you can request summer loans and check eligibility via My.BoiseState > Student Center > Finances > Request Summer Loans.
April 5, 2018Recommended deadline to finalize your summer schedule.
mid-AprilEarliest summer financial aid is awarded. Notifications of awarding will be sent to your BroncoMail.
June 6, 2018Summer Census Date: All credits are locked in by this deadline to be considered for summer Pell Grant and Direct Loans (federal student aid).
Two weeks before classes end or July 15, 2018Deadline to request summer loans

To-Do Items & SAP Deadlines

My LAST summer session is during:To-Do documents must be submitted by:Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal due by:
1st 3-weekMay 16May 18 or ASAP while classes are still in session
1st 7-week, 1st 5-weekJune 13June 1
2nd 3-week, 2nd 5-week,
2nd 7-week, 10 week, 14 week
July 15July 1

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 2018-19 FAFSA and have a work-study award. In addition, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credits for fall 2018 (graduate students, 5 credits). Your supervisor will complete a Hire New Candidate form so you can continue working on or after July 1.
  • 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, 2018.
    • Use the starting and ending period of summer 2018 semester: 05/07/2018 – 08/12/2018
  • 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.