Summer Financial Aid
Interested in taking summer classes at UConn? You may have Federal Pell Grant or Federal Direct Loan eligibility remaining to assist you with your summer fee bill. Review the Summer Federal Pell Grant for Undergraduate Students and Summer Federal Direct Loan and Annual Loan Limit tabs below to help determine if you have remaining eligibility. You may also be interested in applying for a Federal PLUS loan or Private Education loan to help meet your summer educational expenses.
The OSFAS will begin creating summer financial aid awarding packages for all registered students in April. To be considered for Federal Pell Grant eligibility, remaining Federal Direct Loan eligibility, Federal PLUS Loan, or a Private Education Loan, the following items are required:
- A 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted before June 30th, 2021.
- Register at least half-time to be eligible for most forms of aid:
- Minimum 6 credits for undergraduate students
- Minimum 4.5 credits for graduate students
- A completed loan application – if applying for a Federal Direct (Parent) PLUS or Graduate PLUS Loan
- A completed loan application – if applying for a Private Education Loan
- Your summer final enrollment will be confirmed on the Summer Fixed Enrollment Date. If your enrollment changes, your financial aid may be revised.
- The last day to accept federal direct loans for summer is August 27, 2021.
- Students planning to take courses at the University during the summer must be in compliance with the University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy to be eligible for federal financial aid.
- Detailed information is available on the UConn’s Summer Sessions Page.
Summer Fixed Enrollment Date
The OSFAS will create summer financial aid packages based on your original summer enrollment. If your enrollment has changed on UConn’s Summer Fixed Enrollment Date, your financial aid may be revised. Please view the Enrollment Page for more information on fixed enrollment.
Summer Federal Direct Loan and Annual Loan Limit
Students who have not borrowed their full Federal Direct Loan eligibility during the 2020-2021 academic year (fall and spring semester) will be awarded their remaining Federal Direct loan eligibility if enrolled at least half-time (6 credits for undergraduate students, and 4.5 credits for graduate students). Students can review the amount that they have borrowed in Federal Direct Loans for the year in the Student Administration System.
- Undergraduate student Federal Direct Loan Annual Loan Limits are available on the Loans for Undergraduates Page.
Note: Dependent undergraduate students must include parent information on their FAFSA; independent students do not.
- Graduate student Federal Direct Loan Annual Loan Limit: $20,500 in Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan funds per year. Additional information is available on the Loans for Graduate Students Page.
Remaining Federal Direct Loan Eligibility:
Calculate your remaining Federal Direct Loan eligibility as follows:
Annual Loan Limit – amount borrowed in 2020/2021 = Federal Direct Loan amount remaining for summer.
Determine your Remaining Federal Loan Eligibility for Summer
Complete the following steps to determine your remaining summer loan eligibility.
- Go to studentadmin.uconn.edu
- Click Financial Aid
- Click Change in the top left corner
- Click on current Aid year (Ex. 2021 for Financial Aid Year 2020-2021)
- Click Disbursement
- Add your Federal Loans for both the Fall and Spring Semester
- Take Note of your Annual Direct Loan Eligibility based on your year in school (Keep the same chart)
|Year in School||Dependent Student Annual Federal Direct Loan Eligibility||Independent Student Annual Federal Direct Loan Eligibility|
|Freshman (0-23 credits)||$5,500||$7,500|
|Sophomore (24-53 credits)||$6,500||$8,500|
|Junior (54-85 credits)||$7,500||$12,500|
|Senior (86-120 credits)||$7,500||$12,500|
8. Calculate your remaining Federal Direct Loan eligibility as follows:
- Annual Loan Limit – amount borrowed in 2020-2021 = Federal Direct Loan amount remaining for summer
- Example: $7,500 (Total eligibility for Jr status) - $5,500 (previously accepted aid for academic year) = $2,000 remaining eligibility to be used for summer.
- Estimated Summer Loan Eligibility Calculator
- Important: Remember that in order to be eligible for Summer Financial Aid, you must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits for undergraduate students, and 4.5 credits for graduate students) during the summer semester.
Summer Federal Pell Grant Eligibility for Undergraduate Students
Most students need to enroll in a minimum of six credits to be eligible for a summer Federal Pell Grant. If you have any summer Federal Pell Grant eligibility, it will be awarded to you.
More information about the Federal Pell Grant program is available on Grants Page.
The Three Summers Program
Students in the Three Summers program need to be registered at least half time (4.5 credits) to be considered for Federal Loans.
The Confratute Conference Registration Fee will not be included in the cost of attendance budget. However, if students are registering for Confratute for credits, the cost of these actual credits along with estimated room, board, books transportation and miscellaneous expenses will be considered.
Financial aid for Winter Intersession courses is based on remaining aid eligibility. Financial Aid eligibility will be evaluated after the published spring fixed enrollment date. Therefore, to meet the fee bill deadline and avoid late fees, students must pay their fee bills out of pocket.