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Summer Financial Aid

Typically, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours during the summer semester to qualify for financial aid. The only exception is Pell eligible students who were not enrolled full time during the Fall and/or Spring. These students will have some Pell grant remaining. Graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 hours to qualify for financial aid in the summer. Dates for summer disbursements will be posted at the end of April 2019.

Dates for Summer Disbursements
May Terms To be determined Mid April Summer 2019
June Terms To be determined Mid April Summer 2019
July and August Term To be determined Mid April Summer 2019

Financial Aid is typically awarded for fall and spring only. If a student wishes to be considered for summer financial aid, they must submit a Summer Application and have a FAFSA on file for the applicable aid year in order to be awarded financial aid for the summer.

Applying for Summer Aid

Typically, awarding for summer takes place in the month of April. The deadline to apply for summer aid is June 30, 2019. As undergraduate and graduate students enroll for summer classes, the Financial Aid office will award aid in the following timeframes:

Timeframe for Financial Aid Award 2019
Enrollment Date Financial Aid Awarding Date
March - April 4 by Friday April 5
April 5 - April 11 by Friday April 12
April 12 - April 25 by Friday April 26
April 26 - May 2 by Friday May 3
May 3 - May 31 Each Friday in May

If you are enrolled and not awarded by the Friday indicated above, then contact Nathan Flory at nflory@etbu.edu. Students will be awarded their maximum eligibility across the entire Summer Semester and disbursement will be split evenly across each summer term. 

Aid Available in the Summer

Federal Funds

Pell Grant

Students who qualify for Pell Grant may receive an additional 50% of their scheduled award for the summer term with the introduction of Year Round Pell. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours), and this amount still counts toward the Lifetime Pell Grant Eligibility (LEU).

The Pell Grant amount will be adjusted just prior to the release (disbursement) of your aid based on your enrollment level. Enrollment levels are defined in the following manner:

  • 12+ credits = 100% of the semester Pell Grant amount
  • 9-11 credits = 75% of the semester Pell Grant amount
  • 6-8 credits = 50% of the semester Pell Grant amount

Example of how year-round Pell (YRP) Works:

A student with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 is eligible for $5920 in Pell grant for the year, or $2960 for the fall semester and $2960 for the spring semester.
Under the YRP program, this student could receive an additional $2960 for the summer semester if they enrolled full-time (12 credits).
If the student enrolls half-time (six credits) summer semester, the student would receive a $1480 Federal Pell Grant for summer, or one-half of a full award.


Federal Loans

Students may be awarded Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized loan if eligible. There is a yearly limit as to how much a student may borrow, so if students borrowed the full limit in fall and spring, there may not be eligibility to receive addition loans for summer. Find out more about unsubsidized and unsubsidized loan limits.

Parents are welcome to apply for a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan to assist with costs associated with summer. If parents have borrowed in fall and spring and wish to borrow in summer, it may be necessary to complete a new credit application as the credit approval is only valid for 6 months.


State Funds

State funds such as TEG are not available for the summer.


Institutional Funds

There is typically no institutional aid set aside for summer. Undergraduate Students charged block tuition and enrolled fulltime in the Spring semester are able to take May Mini courses at no tuition cost. Additionally, August Mini courses are at no cost if you are enrolled fulltime in Fall 2019 and charged under block tuition.

Faculty/Staff Grants These are awarded in the summer to eligible students and are based on the University Fiscal Year. An 18/19 form will be needed for May 2019 Classes and a 19/20 form will be needed for classes that start in June and after.


Work Study

Limited on campus jobs are available during the summer. See the department area that you seek to work for. 


Alternative Loans

Alternative loan funds and CAL are available for summer, but we urge students to use alternative or private loans as a method of last resort.

Enrollment Requirements for the Summer (Undergrads)
Semester Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time
Summer 12 9 6

Undergraduate students must be enrolled in undergraduate level coursework for a minimum of half-time in order to be eligible for summer aid. Summer budgets are based on half-time enrollment. Enrollment does not have to be in one term but can be spread out among the various summer terms. There are consequences for dropping or withdrawing from summer courses, so students with questions about how changing enrollment during summer will affect their aid, should contact the Financial Aid office. 

Enrollment Requirements for the Summer (Grads)
Semester Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time
Summer 6 4 3

Graduate students must be enrolled in graduate level coursework for a minimum of half-time in order to be eligible for summer aid. Summer budgets are based on half-time enrollment. Enrollment does not have to be in one term but can be spread out among the various summer terms. There are consequences for dropping or withdrawing for summer courses, so students with questions about how changing enrollment during summer will affect their aid should contact our office. 

Graduate students have an annual limit of 20,500 in Unsubsidized Direct Loans. The annual loan limit will reset each Fall Semester. Check your campus connect to determine how much you have already been awarded in Fall and Spring to determine your remaining eligibility.

Satisfactory Academic Progress and Summer

Student must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of the spring semester in order to be eligible for summer financial aid. For more information, please visit the SAP webpage

Note: In some cases Summer awarding takes place before Spring semester grades are finalized and SAP review is completed. If you are SAP’ed at the end of Spring and already have summer aid awarded, your disbursement will be held. If funds have already disbursed, then you will need to return the funds and pay the business office directly. If this happens, be sure to submit the appropriate SAP Appeal found on the SAP webpage.

Summer Withdrawal Consequences

According to Federal regulations, financial aid recipients who withdraw from all courses or stop attending classes before the last day of class, have not “earned” all of their financial aid that was received for that semester. Because each summer term (185L, 186M, 186S, 185T, 186T, 187T, 185M, 188T, 191M, 192L, 192M, 191T, 192T, 193T) is considered by federal regulation its own semester for Return of Title IV (R2T4) purposes. Students may have part of their summer aid returned if withdrawing from classes after having completed a session OR if withdrawing while still being enrolled in future sessions.

Students must return the unearned percentage of aid for each part of term during summer. The higher number of class days completed, the lower the amount of financial aid that must be returned. Once a student has completed more than 60% of the semester, the student is allowed to keep all disbursed aid even if a withdrawal occurs after that point. If you are considering withdrawing from a summer term, please speak with our Financial Aid Office so we can best explain the implications to your financial aid.