Summer Aid

How to receive summer aid in four steps.

Any aid you receive in the summer will reduce your fall and spring aid.

Step 1
Submit the 2018-19 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Step 2
If selected, complete required verification forms.

Step 3
Enroll in Summer classes.
See the financial aid calendar for summer aid deadlines.

Step 4
Grants (Pell, SEOG, OCOG) and Federal Work-Study will be awarded to you automatically if you meet the requirements.

If you are eligible for Federal Student Loans, you will be notified via your UA email address. Then:

  1. View your financial aid award in My Akron.
  2. Notify our office of the amount of your Federal Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan you would like to use for your summer enrollment: Submit the Summer Federal Direct Loan Request Form to the Financial Aid Office in Simmons Hall, Room 202. You can also fax it to 330-972-7139 or mail it to University of Akron, Office of Student Financial Aid, Akron, OH  44325-6211.


  1. Any Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans you use in the summer will directly reduce the amount of those loans available to you in the fall/spring semester(s).
  2. The maximum amount you request will be capped by your "Cost of Attendance" (COA). If you have requested more than your COA, we will reduce your request accordingly.  
  3. You must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Federal Loans (six credits for undergraduate students; five credits for graduate students). 

How enrollment status affects summer aid


  • Full-time status for summer is at least 12 credits (undergraduate) or 9 credits (graduate/law) or more total enrollment for all summer sessions.
  • Half-time status for summer is at least 6 credits (undergraduate) or 5 credits (graduate/law)


  • Grant funds are prorated based on enrollment.
  • If you are not enrolled for a course by the 15th day of summer (June 4th), you will not be eligible to receive grant money for summer.
  • If you have at least 450% of Federal Pell Grant eligibility, you will be entitled to receive Pell in the summer, fall, and spring terms. If you have used 500% of your Pell Grant eligibility, any Pell Grant received in the summer term will reduce the Pell Grant amount received in the spring term. Note: students are limited to 600% (12 semesters) of Pell Grant eligibility. (Check your eligibility.)
  • If you withdraw from a class before it starts, or receive a failing grade that notes you never attended that class, you may lose all or part of your summer grant aid.
  • If you make changes to your summer schedule before the 15th day of Summer I, the Pell Grant will be reduced unless you enroll in the same number of credit hours.
  • If you are receiving summer grants and you make changes to your summer schedule after the 15th day of Summer I, you can lose eligibility for all or part of your summer grant aid.

Federal Work Study

  • Federal Work Study requires half-time enrollment.

Class canceled? Your summer aid eligibility could be affected if the University cancels your class. Contact our office as soon as possible after you've been notified of a cancellation.

Summer housing

Need a place to stay this summer? Learn about summer housing availability by contacting UA Residence Life and Housing at 330-972-7800 or

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