Summer Financial Aid

Attending during the summer is a great way to stay on pace for graduation or to get ahead.  See the official summer website at for cost and registration information.  If you are interested in attending during the summer and receiving financial aid, continue reading for full details. 

Tips for Success
  • Be strategic with your enrollment.
    • Consult with your academic advisor on the classes you need for your plan of study.
    • Avoid overloading yourself. Max enrollment for undergraduates is 7 hours per session (14 hours total for the full summer) however just 6 hours of enrollment will qualify for most types of aid.
    • Pay attention to registration dates. Summer consists of several “parts of term”.
  • Borrow wisely. Accept just what you need to keep your debt to a minimum.
  • Consult with the Financial Aid Office if you have questions. We are here to help!


How do I receive financial aid for summer enrollment?

No additional application necessary.  If you are registered for summer coursework and meet all eligibility requirements below, we will email you about your summer aid eligibility.  Summer aid processing begins in March.  The earlier you register, the sooner you will be notified!


Eligibility Requirements for Summer Session Financial Aid
  • Be fully admitted or currently enrolled in an eligible degree-seeking or certificate program at UNCG.
  • Be registered for summer semester. Most types of aid require half-time enrollment (6+ hours for undergraduate students; 4.5+ hours in 500-level or higher classes for graduate students).
  • Have a current-year FAFSA on-file with UNCG and satisfy all outstanding financial aid requirements.
  • Satisfy all other University requirements (e.g., final transcripts, pay prior balances, etc.).
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).


What types of aid are available?

Federal Pell GrantMany Pell Grant recipients will be eligible for Pell Grant funds during summer if they attend at least 6 hours during the summer. Some Pell Grant recipients may be eligible for summer Pell even if enrolled less than half-time (applies only to students who attended part-time during the fall and/or spring semesters).

Federal Student Loans:  Students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive federal loans. Your eligibility during summer semester is based on several factors: your current grade level; how much you’ve already borrowed during the current academic year; and how much you’ve borrowed cumulatively throughout your college career.

Federal Parent Loans (PLUS): For undergraduate students who have exhausted their own student loan borrowing eligibility for the current academic year, a parent may apply for a PLUS loan on their behalf. Please follow these instructions.

Graduate PLUS loans: For graduate students who have exhausted their own student loan borrowing eligibility for the current academic year, they may apply for a Graduate PLUS loan. Please follow these instructions.

Information about yearly and aggregate (cumulative) student loan borrowing limits can be found at


When will my financial aid pay my summer tuition bill?

Summer financial aid will disburse based on your actual enrollment. Aid will show as pending towards your student bill until you reach an eligible enrollment level that allows for the aid to pay. Students must generally be actively attending at least half-time (6+ hours for undergraduates: 4.5+ hours for graduate students) before they are eligible to have funds pay to their student account. Once eligible, aid will disburse as long as you meet the following criteria: are still enrolled in the number of hours and sessions for which you were initially awarded; have no holds; still meet all eligibility requirements previously mentioned; and have paid any balance not covered by your financial aid award. Please note that Pell Grants may disburse on a prorated basis, meaning that you may have more than one disbursement of those funds throughout the summer semester.

IMPORTANT: If your enrollment changes after your summer financial aid award is initially calculated, we will re-calculate your eligibility and modify the award as necessary. Aid is based directly on your enrollment so any changes to your summer registration can impact your aid eligibility!


Special Notes
    • You cannot receive financial aid to re-take a course for which you’ve previously earned a passing grade/credit hours. You can re-take a course for a grade replacement but it will be at your own expense.  Consult with the Financial Aid Office and/or your academic advisor before attempting a repeat course during the summer semester so that we can advise you of your options.
    • If you drop or withdraw from a class after your summer aid has disbursed, an adjustment to your aid may be required and you may owe a repayment of funds to the University.
    • If you drop or withdraw from a class after the add/drop period (usually the first 2-3 days of each summer session), your future aid eligibility may be affected. Please read and understand the SAP policy.
    • Students are ultimately responsible for their tuition bill. If you are not eligible for summer financial aid, have outstanding requirements that need to be resolved before aid eligibility can be determined, or if your summer aid is processed after the bill due date due to late registration, you must pay your bill in order to secure your classes.  Students awarded summer financial aid after the bill has been paid out-of-pocket will receive a refund once their aid has disbursed.
    • For tuition payment and due date information, please visit the Cashiers and Student Accounts website.
    • Bookstore Bucks are available for summer attendance. Sign up will begin in mid-April on the SpartanCard website.

If you have additional questions after reading this information, please call us at 336-334-5702 or email us at so that we may assist you.