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Summer Financial Aid

Summer financial aid is extremely limited. As a rule, a student’s eligibility for summer financial aid is limited to remaining Pell Grant or Direct Stafford Loan eligibility from the 2015-2016 academic year. In addition, Graduate/Law students or parents of dependent students have the option to apply for Federal Direct PLUS Loans (creditworthiness required). Pell Grant eligibility is always determined and awarded before loan eligibility is determined.

Note: If you wish to be considered for is Pell Grant and DO NOT wish to borrow you do not need to apply for summer financial aid. Eligibility for Pell Grant is automatically determined for those undergraduates who are eligible for Pell. Half-time enrollment (6 credits or more) is generally required. Some students might be eligible for Pell Grant at less than half-time status. Eligibility for Pell Grant will be evaluated before loan eligibility.

Summer 2016 Session Fees: Summer Session fees are charged per credit hour at the same rate for residents and non-residents.

To apply for summer student loans:

  1. Complete the online application for summer aid (available in the Financial Aid section on VandalWeb after Spring Break in March).
  2. Have a 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file by June 30 with Student Financial Aid Services.
  3. Enroll at least half-time during the Summer Session, as loan eligibility is contingent upon half-time status (six credits for undergraduates, five credits for graduates and law students).
  4. Please note: Awarded summer loans will be disbursed for the full amount available. If you wish to borrow less, please send a request by email or stop by Student Financial Aid Services in the Bruce M. Pitman Center.

Additional Information:

  1. Scholarship funding for summer is limited to a few specific departments and students are automatically considered - there are no separate scholarship applications.
  2. Campus-based federal financial aid (SEOG, Perkins, loans, work-study) is not available.
  3. Students who apply by April 17 should be notified about their eligibility by the first week of May.
  4. Before applying students will need to be absolutely sure about the number of credits they will take and the session(s) they will attend. Summer financial aid is directly based on the number of credits, weeks enrolled, and starting dates of sessions. Therefore, once a student has applied for summer financial aid, they must report any changes in enrollment to Student Financial Aid Services. Failure to do so could cause delays in or revision to the financial aid disbursement.
  5. Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans may be available to students who will beat least half-time (six credits for undergraduate students, five credits for graduate and law students) and who have not already borrowed their annual maximums for 2015-2016 (see below for annual Stafford loan limits). The exception to borrowing in excess of the yearly limit is if a student is graduating in summer 2016 or fall 2016. In this case the student may be able to borrow from the next academic year (2016-2017). Students who will graduate in the Summer or in the Fall may be asked to provide verification from the Registrar’s office, their college, or their department that they are on track to graduate. Students who wish to borrow for Summer Session 2016 from the Direct Stafford, Direct PLUS, or alternative loan programs may make an appointment with their Financial Aid Counselor to discuss their possible eligibility for a Summer Session loan. Freshman and sophomores who have advanced a grade level at the end of the Spring semester may be eligible for a loan increase for Summer Session as well. Grade levels are defined by the number of credits successfully completed, not by the number of years in school.
  6. Graduate and Law students can ask to be considered for the Graduate PLUS Loan. There is no annual limit for PLUS loans, but students cannot borrow in excess of their cost of attendance minus any other financial aid that they receive.  PLUS loans require that the borrower not have an adverse credit history (a credit-check will be done). If creditworthiness is a problem, the student may obtain a creditworthy endorser. The federal government charges interest from the date the first disbursement is made although monthly payments are not required as long as the borrower is enrolled at least half-time.
  7. Parents of undergraduate students can apply for the Parent PLUS Loan. There is no annual limit for PLUS loans, but parents cannot borrow in excess of the student’s cost of attendance minus any other financial aid that they receive. PLUS loans require that the borrower not have an adverse credit history (a credit-check will be done). If creditworthiness is a problem, the parent may obtain a creditworthy endorser. The federal government charges interest from the date the first disbursement is made, although monthly payments are not required as long as the borrower is enrolled at least half-time, and if a deferment is requested during the application process.
  8. Private (alternative) Loans are available through private lenders such as banks and there are many options for these loans. There is no annual limit for private student loans, but students cannot borrow in excess of their cost of attendance minus any other financial aid they receive. Virtually all lenders require that the borrower not have an adverse credit history (a credit check will be done) and that they have a creditworthy co-borrower. The best advice is to search through the various lenders to find the loan that fits with the student’s needs. Students should only consider obtaining a private education loan if they have maxed out their Federal Stafford Loan eligibility.

If you have questions, please contact Student Financial Aid Services by email or call 208-885-6312.

Loan Limits and Terms

Federal Direct Student Loans

Annual Loan Limits Dependent Students*
Total Subsidized and/or
Unsubsidized Loan Eligibility
Independent Students
Total Subsidized and/or
Unsubsidized Loan Eligibility
Freshmen
Undergraduates
(00-25 cr. hrs.
$5,500
($3,500 maximum subsidized)
$9,500
($3,500 maximum subsidized)
Sophomore
Undergraduates
(26-57 cr. hrs.)
$6,500
($4,500 maximum subsidized)
$10,500
($4,500 maximum subsidized)
Junior & Senior
Undergraduates
(58+ cr. hrs.)
$7,500
($5,500 maximum subsidized)
$12,500
($5500 maximum subsidized)
Graduate or Law
Students
N/A $20,500
(No subsidized eligibility for GR/LA after 7/1/2012)

* These limits are lower because parents of dependent students may borrow additional funds through the PLUS Loan Program for their students. (See below for more information.)

Aggregate Limits:
$31,000 (Dependent, Undergraduate Borrowing Limits)
$57,500 (Independent, Undergraduate Borrowing Limits)
$138,500 (Including Graduate/Law & Undergraduate Borrowing Limits)

Interest Rate and Fees: For more information on Federal Direct Stafford Loan interest rates and fees click here.

Federal Direct PLUS Loans

(For Graduate students and Parents of dependent undergraduate students)

Annual Limits:
Direct Plus Loans are limited to the difference between education costs minus other financial aid including the student's Direct Loan Eligibility.

Aggregate Limits:
There are no aggregate PLUS limits.

Interest Rate and Fees: Find more information on Federal PLUS Loans interest rates and fees.

Student Financial Aid Services

Physical Address:

Bruce M. Pitman Center
Room 101

709 Deakin Avenue
Moscow, ID 83844

Mailing Address:
Student Financial Aid Office
875 Perimeter Dr
MS 4291
Moscow, ID 83844-4291

finaid@uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-885-6312

Fax: 208-885-5592