Summer financial aid

Summer financial aid includes May and summer terms. The financial aid year ends with summer term, so available financial aid money may be limited.


To be eligible for summer financial aid, you must: 

  • Be admitted to a degree granting program effective summer term at the U of M
  • Be in good academic standing, according to financial aid satisfactory academic progress criteria
  • Meet all deadlines
  • Be registered for May or summer term (your aid will be based on your actual enrollment)
  • Not have loans in excess of loan limits
  • Not be in default on any loan under Title IV programs at any institution
  • Not owe a refund on a grant

Summer financial aid is not available if you are not admitted, non-degree, registering for summer only, or are a visiting student.

Steps to get summer financial aid

  1. If you haven't already, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year.
  2.  Register half-time or more for classes in May session and/or summer term(s) combined. See definitions of half-time enrollment.
    • You may be eligible for a federal Pell Grant if you enroll in only 1 credit.
    • You may be eligible for a Minnesota State Grant if you enroll in least 3 credits.
  3. Once you've completed the FAFSA and registered for class(es), you will automatically be considered for all available May/summer funding. In mid-May, you'll receive an email with information and instructions on next steps.

See the financial aid timeline or financial aid steps for more information.

Summer cost of attendance

Each year, the University establishes standard student budgets that use cost of attendance estimates for offering May/summer financial aid funds. Figures vary according to your residency status and degree program. Your May/summer term COA is determined (and May/summer financial aid is offered) after you have registered for that term.

Available types of funding

If you're an undergraduate with remaining eligibility, you'll be considered for the Minnesota State Grant, the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans, and the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) loans. See types of loans for more information.

Summer FAQ

Review the Summer 2024 Registration & Financial Aid FAQ for detailed answers to common questions about taking summer courses.

Speak with your Student Success Coach and One Stop to review your individual situation and get help while planning your summer experience.