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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 2018-2019 FAFSA to Boise State by March 8, 2019. (If you submit your FAFSA after March 8, 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 11, 2019 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 2018 and spring 2019 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
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

Year Round Pell Grants

Pell Grants are available year round. For most 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 2018-2019 FAFSA by March 8, 2019. There are two FAFSA versions available – confirm you have submitted the one for the 2018-2019 aid year. (You will submit the 2019-2020 FAFSA for next fall 2019, spring 2020 and summer 2020.)

  1. Finalize your summer class schedule. Summer registration begins February 19. Finalize your schedule by mid-April if possible. Classes for Pell Grant and Direct Loan consideration must be added by June 11, 2019.
  2. Monitor your Student Homepage for Holds or To Do items that could prevent summer aid awarding or disbursement.
  3. Log into my.BoiseState.edu
  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 8 or end of May for students who attended Spring 2019*
1st 5-week or 10-weekMay 29
2nd 7-weekJune 26
2nd 5-weekJuly 3
2nd 3-weekJuly 24

  • 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 2019 semester:
    • *Disbursement for sessions which start May 12 may be delayed if you attended spring 2019 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 8 for the first sessions beginning May 12.
  • 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 2019 Dates and Deadlines


Review the Summer 2019 Academic Calendar for complete information.

Feb. 19, 2019Summer session registration begins
March 8, 2019Priority date to submit the 2018-2019 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 19, 2019Earliest date that you can request summer loans and check eligibility via My.BoiseState > Student Center > Finances > Request Summer Loans.
April 4, 2019Recommended deadline to finalize your summer schedule.
mid-AprilEarliest summer financial aid is awarded. Notifications of awarding will be sent to your BroncoMail.
June 11, 2019Summer 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, 2019, whichever date is earlierDeadline 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 15, you need to have completed the 2019-20 FAFSA and have a work-study award. In addition, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credits for fall 2019 (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, 2019.
    • Use the starting and ending period of summer 2019 semester: 05/08/2019 – 08/17/2019
  • 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.