Financial aid is generally awarded based on the fall and spring semesters. In order to receive financial aid for the summer semester, the student must submit a Summer Application and have a FAFSA on file for the appropriate aid year.
Applying for Summer Aid
All students who wish to be awarded financial aid for the summer semester must submit a Summer Financial Aid Application in addition to the FAFSA or TASFA for the applicable aid year. The application form is usually available to download from the financial aid website sometime in April. Due to the limited funding available for the summer semester, the priority deadline for summer applications tends to be very soon after the form is available. For the best chance at being eligible for summer financial aid, we encourage students to submit the application as early as possible.
Summer Financial Aid Awards
Because funds are typically awarded on the basis of fall and spring, UHD generally allows students to use the full allocation of federal financial aid in those semesters. If the student does not use all federal financial aid, such as Pell grant and Stafford loans, the awards may be used in the summer semester.
Eligibility for summer federal loans is dependent on the amount of loans you received during the fall and spring semesters, either at UHD or at other institutions. If you did not borrow the maximum annual eligibility during these terms, you may have eligibility to borrow for summer (depending on other award offers). You may also have additional eligibility if your grade level has changed after the spring semester. For example, if your grade level was sophomore during the spring semester and junior during the summer, you may have additional loan eligibility.
Note: You must be registered in at least 6 hours in the summer before Stafford loan funds will be disbursed to your student account. If you enroll in less than 6 hours in your first enrollment session and do not enroll during the subsequent enrollment sessions, you are
ineligible to receive any loan funds.
Eligibility for other aid will be contingent upon availability of funds.
Summer financial aid awards will be disbursed no earlier than 10 days prior to the first day of class. For more information about general disbursement, see
In order to be eligible for Stafford loans, students must be enrolled at least half time in any given semester (6 hours for undergraduate students, 4 hours for graduate students). Because the summer semester is divided into several parts of term, the Stafford loans will disburse when the student reaches his or her sixth hour of enrollment. For example, if the student is enrolled in one 3-hour course in Summer I, and one 3-hour course in Summer III, the student is eligible for Stafford loans, but will not receive a disbursement of those loans until Summer III.