Applying for Summer Financial Aid
If you wish to receive aid for the summer semester, you must submit a FAFSA and complete your financial aid file for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Funding for summer semesters is usually limited to student loans, Federal Pell Grants and Work-Study, depending upon your eligibility and the availability of funds.
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will begin awarding summer funds mid-March 2018. To receive an aid package for the summer term as an Undergraduate student you need to:
Be enrolled at least half-time (a minimum of 6 credits hours).
Note: depending on eligibility, some students may be able to receive a Federal Pell grant with less than half time enrollment. Please contact our office for information specific to your account.
Have submitted a 2017-2018 FAFSA and have a completed financial aid file with our office.
Not be on financial aid suspension.
If you wish to be considered for a summer Work-Study award please refer to the Work-Study information page. Important: In order to be eligible to earn work-study beyond June 30th, you must have a 2018-2019 FAFSA on file with our office no later than July 1, 2018.
Federal Direct Loan Awards for Summer: If your annual loan limit is $9,500 and you use $9,500 for the fall and spring semesters, you will not have any Federal Direct Loan eligibility for the summer semester. If you use $9000 for the fall and spring semesters, you would only have $500 left for the summer semester. Please plan wisely if you are planning to take summer courses.
NOTE: Follow this link to view the Federal Direct Loans annual limits.
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will begin sending out email award notifications mid-March. This should allow you time to decide if you can afford to attend the summer semester or if you will need to make other arrangements. Remember that if you decide not to attend during the summer, you are responsible for dropping your classes before the school's established deadlines. This academic calendar lists important dates and deadlines for the semester.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I get my money?
If your file is complete, your aid will disburse to your student account 10 days prior to the first day of classes.
How do I get my money?
After your aid is disbursed to your student account, all charges on your account are subtracted from your aid. Any remaining balance will be released by the Cashier’s Office.
How much aid can I get?
The amount of your aid is based on your remaining eligibility for the year, your actual enrollment, and your unmet need for the summer term.
Special Information for Transfer Students:
Financial aid received at another school counts toward your annual limits. If you received aid at another college, your summer award may be impacted. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships if you are transferring to MSU from another institution.
We welcome all of your questions and will be happy to help you through any concerns you may have.