Summer financial aid
Register for Summer 2021 coursework and complete the summer aid application in MyRED.
Financial Aid Details
- Some scholarship programs, such as Regents, Chancellor's, or Nebraska Achievement for full tuition, are available over the summer. If you are a scholarship recipient and you complete the Summer Aid Application, your scholarship eligibility will be reviewed and awarded, if applicable. Scholarships available for summer are awarded and disbursed based upon individual program requirements as referenced in your initial scholarship offer. Students must be meeting renewal criteria in order to qualify for summer scholarship benefits. Not all scholarship programs have a summer component.
- Merit-based scholarships may or may not apply to summer, so please refer to your original scholarship guidelines sent to you when you were offered the scholarship. Regents, Chancellor's and Nebraska Achievement scholarships that cover full tuition are available for the summer. Scholarships may or may not be awarded through the Colleges and Departments, depending on each unit’s policies. Some external scholarships are available during the summer, depending on the donor.
Federal 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. In limited situations, a student may be eligible for a Pell Grant at less than half-time enrollment (1-5 credits).
An Example of How Year-Round Pell (YRP) works:
If the Pell Grant is $6,345 for the academic year, a student would have received $3,173 for the fall semester and $3,172 for the spring semester as a full-time student.
Under the YRP program, this student could receive an additional $3,173 for the summer semester, if they enrolled full-time (12+ credits).
If this same student enrolls half-time (6-8 credits) for the summer semester, the student would receive a $1,587 Pell Grant for summer, or one-half of a full term award.
Minimum Credits for Summer Pell Grant
If you enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant amount for the previous fall and spring, you must enroll at least half-time (6+ credits) in summer classes to receive a summer Pell Grant.
If you enrolled part-time for the previous fall or spring, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a summer Pell Grant (unless required by your EFC or expected family contribution). You can use the remainder of your annual Pell Grant amount during summer with no minimum credit requirement.
Summer Tuition Grant
The Summer Tuition Grant is a need-based grant available to Nebraska residents with high financial need who are freshmen, sophomores, or juniors (by credit hours) who do not receive an existing summer full tuition award. Award amounts vary by enrollment in 3 or more credit hours of UNL coursework, including online classes, where UNL tuition and fees are assessed.
Summer Federal Work Study
Federal work-study funding is limited as the funds are typically exhausted during the regular academic year. However, if funds are available when you are awarded, you may receive work-study funds.
In order to qualify for federal student loans, you must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits for undergraduates and law students and 4 credits for graduate students) and have remaining eligibility for the academic year. You must be enrolled at the time you accept the loan. Loans cannot be processed after your enrollment period has ended. You can review annual loan limits on the Federal Student Aid website at studentaid.ed.gov.
Federal Parent PLUS Loans
In order to qualify for the Federal PLUS Loan, your parent must apply online at studentaid.ed.gov, be approved, and you must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits for undergraduates). The process cannot be completed after your enrollment period has ended.
Students applying for alternative loans are not required to complete the summer aid application. If a loan application is received by the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid and we require further information, we will contact the student via email.
If you are interested in Education Abroad over the summer, you should first meet with an Education Abroad advisor in Love Library South, room 110. Only University-approved study abroad programs qualify for financial aid. Financial aid that is awarded to you will be released to the student account by the first day of the summer session in which you are enrolled or by the start date of your experience abroad, whichever is later. Most, but not all, scholarship and financial aid programs can be used for study abroad. We encourage you to meet with a student services specialist in Husker Hub for all of the necessary financial aid steps to prepare for study abroad.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students must be meeting financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards to qualify for summer financial aid. SAP is reviewed at the end of the regular academic year (after the spring term). Students who do not meet SAP have the opportunity to appeal and should consider doing so as soon as possible to be considered for summer financial aid.
FAFSA for summer aid is due June 30th
Summer Financial Aid
Applying for Summer Aid
In addition to the Summer Aid Application in MyRED, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov for summer aid. Summer is considered your last term in the overall academic year, so most students will have filed the FAFSA already. The last day to complete the FAFSA applicable for summer aid is June 30th.
- In order to request financial aid for summer, you must already be successfully enrolled for summer coursework. Once you are enrolled, you can complete the Summer Aid Application in MyRED (available mid-March through July) to see how much you could get.
- The enrollment you indicate on the Summer Aid Application must match your enrollment in MyRED exactly before you will be awarded summer financial aid. Federal funds are awarded on a first-come, first-complete basis to students with completed financial aid files. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) does not need to be on file for scholarship only applicants.
Note: Due to federal regulations, scholarships or fellowships awarded for a period of non-enrollment (e.g., if you are awarded but not enrolled for the summer) must be treated as estimated financial assistance for the academic year period of enrollment (e.g., the following fall/spring). For example, an award disbursed in the summer will appear on the student's financial aid package for the fall/spring.
Summer Cost of Attendance
- Total estimated cost of attendance for summer includes tuition and fees, housing and meals, books and supplies, and allowances for transportation, personal expenses, and loan fees. All costs are subject to actual fee structures as approved by the Board of Regents. Each of these elements can be determined by credit hours of enrollment or length of session for summer. Financial aid cannot exceed the total estimated cost of attendance. Tuition and fee information per credit can be found on the Office of Student Accounts website. Summer housing options on-campus can be found on the University Housing website at https://housing.unl.edu/.
Summer Aid Disbursement
- You must accept your financial aid awards before the last date of your summer enrollment. For example, if your last session of enrollment is the 1st Five-Week Session, you must accept your financial aid awards by the last day of that session.
- Your enrollment will be reviewed after each session's last day to add a class (census date). After the census date for which you have reached at least half-time status, your accepted aid will disburse if it matches your Summer Aid Application. Any combination of summer sessions can be used to reach the half-time status. For degree-seeking undergraduates, summer half-time status is six credits. For degree-seeking graduate students, summer half-time status is four credits. For Law students, summer half-time status is six credits.
- Summer aid could be reduced or canceled if you change your enrollment and enroll for fewer credit hours in a session than you indicated on your Summer Aid Application. If your enrollment plans change, you must update your Summer Aid Application in order for your aid to be released. Since financial aid can sometimes be released based on anticipated coursework (6 credits for undergraduates and law students and 4 credits for graduate students), you may be required to return aid if your enrollment plans change to fewer credits for a subsequent session.