While the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) covers fall through the following summer, summer aid requires special processing. Since the summer is the same length as a regular semester, it has the same enrollment requirements. Half-time for undergraduate students is at least 6 semester hours and student loans require at least half-time enrollment. Some students receiving the Federal Pell Grant during the summer semester may be required to be enrolled in at least half-time or more.
If you have not exhausted your annual grant and loan eligibility by the end of the regular academic year (fall/spring), you may be eligible for summer financial aid.
A separate Direct Loan request form is required for summer. Grade level changes (e.g., sophomore to junior) at the end of spring often provide additional student loan eligibility.
Summer Federal Work Study may be available for both enrolled and non-enrolled students. Non-enrolled students must be registered for the upcoming fall semester. Students may work full-time during periods of non-enrollment but a percentage of earnings from these periods will be used to meet students' need in the upcoming academic year. Thus summer employment can reduce students' eligibility for certain programs during the academic year.
For more information about Summer State Work Study application and eligibility visit http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2340.htm. Student applicants must apply online by May 1, the year prior to the summer he or she plans to work. . A list of eligible employers throughout the state of Indiana is also available on the SSACI web site.
It is recommended that students meet with their financial aid counselors to determine summer eligibility for financial assistance well before summer registration in April.