Financial Aid Details
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 and Chancellor’s 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 Grant
Beginning summer 2018, 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 $5,920 for the academic year, a student would have received $2,960 for the fall semester and $2,960 for the spring semester as a full-time student.
Under the YRP program, this student could receive an additional $2,960 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 $1,480 Pell Grant for summer, or one-half of a full award.
Minimum Credits for Summer Pell Grant
If you enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant amount for fall 2017 and spring 2018, you must enroll at least half-time (6+ credits) in summer classes to receive a summer Pell Grant.
If you enrolled part-time fall 2017 or spring 2018, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a summer Pell Grant (unless required by your EFC - 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 tuition award from any federal, state, or University program. Award amounts vary by enrollment in 3 or more credit hours of UNL coursework, including online classes, where UNL tuition and fees are assessed.
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.
Federal Student Loans
In order to qualify for federal student loans, you must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits for undergraduates) 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 studentloans.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 financial aid advisor 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.