Summer Session Information and Dates

Summer Session financial aid is based on your combined enrollments from May 22 through July 28. Financial Aid awards for the 2017 Summer Session are based on remaining eligibility from the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Important Dates for Summer Session can be found here.

Information for the 2017 Summer Session:

1. There will not be a seperate Summer Session Financial Aid Application.  The 2016-2017 FAFSA will serve as your application. If the SMSU Financial Aid Office at SMSU requires additional information, you will be notified.

2.  The Pell Grant Program is not being funded for summer session enrollments.  Students will not be eligible for Pell Grant funds in the summer if they were full time the previous fall and spring. 

Application Process

If you have not completed the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must do so.  You can access the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.

Important Information
The majority of students receiving financial aid in the summer must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits.  Some students, but very few, may have grant eligibility for as little as 3 credits.  All students enrolled in Summer Session courses will be reviewed for grant eligibility before loan and/or work study awards are determined.

According to Federal Government Regulations, if you fail to attend the courses your financial aid is based on, you may be required to pay back all or part of your award(s).

Transfer and New Students:  

You must be fully admitted into a program of study through the Office of Admission and you must be seeking a degree at Southwest Minnesota State University in order to receive funding for summer classes. 
      Students who are seeking a degree from any other institution are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office at their home school.  You may be able to receive funding  for the courses you are enrolled in at SMSU.

SMSU degree seeking students taking courses from another institution:

SMSU degree seeking students who will enroll in courses through another institution during the summer may be eligible for financial aid through SMSU.  The only courses SMSU will be able to fund are those courses which will transfer back to SMSU to apply toward a degree at SMSU.  Students must complete a consortium agreement

Awarding Process

Grants  

All students enrolled in Summer Session courses will be reviewed for grant eligibility before loan and/or work study awards are determined.   Students may be eligible for Pell Grant and/or MN State Grant funding during the summer based on enrollment.                                  

Work Study                                  

If you  do plan on being enrolled in at least six credits, the Financial Aid Office will determine your work study eligibility.

If you do not plan on being enrolled in at least six credits, and you are interested in work study for the summer, please contact the Financial Aid Office.  Your summer work study earnings will become a part of your award package for the upcoming academic year

Loans                                    

Your file will be reviewed for remaining Stafford Loan eligibility.  If you will progress a grade level (i.e. from freshman to sophomore or sophomore to junior standing), you may have increased funds available.  If you have not previously borrowed from the Federal Direct Loan program, you will be required to complete the Loan Entrance Counseling and a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note.  All students accepting loan funds for the summer will be required to complete a Federal Direct Loan Authorization accessible via your E-services, Financial Aid Award Letter.

Summer Session Applicants will also be considered for Perkins Loan Program eligibility.

Last Modified: 5/16/17 3:53 PM