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Summer Financial Aid

Summer financial aid is awarded separately from fall and spring semesters.

Awards are determined by the classes you are registered for and any aid you have remaining from the academic year.

Summer Aid Eligibility Requirements

  • Submit a 2020-2021 FAFSA to Boise State by March 5, 2021. (If you submit your FAFSA after March 5, we are unable to guarantee your application will be processed in time to award summer financial aid.)
  • Be a newly-admitted or continuing student in a financial aid-eligible undergraduate or graduate program
  • If you’re a continuing student, meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
  • Enroll by midnight on June 9, 2021 in enough financial aid eligible credits to receive funds. For federal loans, you must be enrolled at least half-time (minimum of 6 undergraduate or 5 graduate credits)
  • Ensure you have no To Do items or Holds which prevent financial aid awarding
  • For loans, have unused loan eligibility from fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) have annual and lifetime limits. If you accepted or received less than your annual limits in fall and spring, you may request additional loans for summer.
  • 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. Learn more about year round Pell Grants.

Requesting Summer Aid

Submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA by March 5, 2021. There are two FAFSA versions available – confirm you have submitted the one for the 2020-2021 aid year. (You will submit the 2021-2022 FAFSA for next fall 2021, spring 2022 and summer 2022.)

  • Finalize your summer class schedule. Summer registration begins February 17. Finalize your schedule by mid-April if possible. Classes for Pell Grant and Direct Loan consideration must be added by June 9, 2021.
  • Monitor your Student Homepage for Holds or To Do items that could prevent summer aid awarding or disbursement.
  • Log into
  • Check your internet setting to allow pop-up screens
  • Select the Student Homepage tile
  • Select the Financial Aid tile
  • Select the 2021 Aid Year for summer aid
  • Select the “Request Summer Loans” link to check your eligibility and to request federal unsubsidized or subsidized loans.
  • A new To Do item will appear on your Student Center within 24 hours that says “19-20 Summer Loan Request”. This means your request was successful and your aid is being processed.
  • The Pell Grant will be automatically awarded within 6 weeks of registering for your classes if you are eligible.
  • You’ll receive an email notification that your aid is awarded. Visit the Financial Aid tile to accept, decline, or reduce your loans. Your Pell Grant is automatically accepted on your behalf.

Receiving Aid (Disbursements)

First session you are enrolled inEarliest date you will receive your financial aid
1st 3-week, 1st 7-week or 14-weekMay 5 or end of May for students who have a SAP warning or plan and attended Spring 2021*
1st 5-week or 10-weekMay 27
2nd 7-weekJune 23
2nd 5-weekJuly 1
2nd 3-weekJuly 21
  • Aid will be disbursed (released to pay fees) 3 business days before the start of your earliest session unless you attended spring 2021 semester:
    • *Disbursement for sessions which start May 10 may be delayed if you attended spring 2021 semester. We must wait for grades to be finalized and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to be checked before releasing funds.
  • If you do not have any SAP holds, your aid will release 3 business days before the start of your first session – as early as May 5 for the first sessions beginning May 10.
  • Holds, To Do items, or enrolling in too few credits can prevent your aid from disbursing. Make sure your schedule is finalized early (wait-listed classes excluded from counting for financial aid purposes).
  • Dropping classes, even before they have begun, can affect your aid if it has already been awarded. Please contact our office via phone or in-person to discuss the impact to your aid award.
  • Review our other summer dates and deadlines.

Dropping / Withdrawing from Summer Sessions

Summer sessions are shorter and more varied than during the rest of the year. When you drop or withdraw from classes, there can be a significant impact on your aid, including needing to repay funds in some situations. Contact us before you make any changes so we can let you know how changing enrollment can impact your summer aid. This short video explains why one day can make a difference,  and why it’s important to drop classes prior to the session start date.

Additional Summer Information

  • There is no initial $50 late fee for summer sessions. If you have a remaining balance after federal aid disburses, then you are charged a monthly late fee of 1.75% per month or $10, whichever is greater.
  • All financial aid is based on your Cost of Attendance or budget that is based on your actual enrollment. Ask us about the maximum amount of aid you can receive or how your aid is affected by your budget.
  • June 12th is the last day to use work-study funding for the 2020-2021 award year. Students may start earning on their 2021-2022 work-study awards on July 1st. Visit our work-study page for more information.
  • You may be eligible for PLUS loans if you are enrolled at least half-time (6 undergraduate, 5 graduate credits). Applications for summer PLUS loans were available starting May 1st, 2020.
  • Alternative Loans are another option. We recommend federal aid first, (subsidized, unsubsidized, PLUS loans). However, private lenders may be an option if you are ineligible for summer aid. Talk to your private lender for eligibility criteria.