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Summer School Financial Aid Application

The deadline to apply for financial aid for the 2019 summer semester has passed. Awarding for the 2020 summer semester will begin for enrolled students approximately April 15, 2020. Please contact NDSU One Stop if you have questions at or call toll free at 1-866-924-8969 or locally at 701-231-6200.

Summer School Financial Aid Information

Summer is considered the final semester of the academic year and is based on information from the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The summer term is comprised of combined enrollment from May 14, 2019 and August 2, 2019. A separate summer financial aid application must be submitted to initiate a request for review of summer aid eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to review all of the information in each section below prior to submitting the 2019 Summer Financial Aid Application.

Summer 2019
Full 12-week session:May 14 - August 2
Standard 4-week session:
May 14 - June 7
Standard 8-week session:June 11 - August 2

Summer Enrollment Requirements

For financial aid purposes, enrollment requirements for the summer semester are outlined in the chart below.

Financial Aid EnrollmentUndergraduate or Professional Pharmacy Credit HoursGraduate Credit Hours
Full-time12+ credits9+ credits
Less than 1/2 time1-51-4

Students enrolled less than half time in credits for thesis/dissertation, cooperative education or Pharmacy rotation or learning experience may be considered full-time for financial aid purposes.  Graduate students who are enrolled in thesis/dissertation must complete the Certification of Enrollment Status form.

Please be aware that the credit requirements above differ from those set by Registration and Records, Customer Account Service and the Graduate Office listed here 

Example:  Undergraduate students enrolled in 5 summer credits are considered half-time for registration purposes, but are less than half-time for financial aid purposes.  Federal Direct Loans, Year Round Pell Grants, and some Private loans require half-time enrollment which is 6 or more credits for undergraduate or professional pharmacy students and 5 or more credits for graduate students.

Before You Apply

Prior to submitting the 2019 Summer Financial Aid Application, student must:

  1. Be accepted for admission by the University and enrolled in an eligible degree program.

    • Visiting students taking limited coursework with the intention of transferring to another university are classified as "non-degree" and ineligible for federal and state aid, but may apply for certain private student loans.
    • Non-degree coursework may be considered for federal and state aid eligibility if it's pre-requisite coursework for a graduate program or a requirement for elementary or secondary teacher certification/recertification.  If either of these apply, contact Sandy Prudhomme at 701-231-7095 to discuss possible eligibility.

  2. Be in good academic and financial standing with the University.  This includes meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements after the evaluations of spring semester grades, which occurs the end of May 2019.

  3. Be registered for all summer classes prior to submitting the NDSU Summer Financial Aid Application.

    • Submitting the application prior to being registered for all courses may prevent an award increase if additional credits are added.

  4. Complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  If aid was received during the 2018 fall or 2019 spring semester, this requirement has already been fulfilled.

    • The 2018-19 FAFSA is available until June 30, 2019 but should be submitted as soon as possible.  The 2019-20 FAFSA cannot be used in place of the 2018-19 FAFSA to determine summer aid eligibility.
    • Incoming transfer students who completed the 2018-19 FAFSA for attendance at another college or university must have their information sent to NDSU by adding NDSU's school code (002997) in question 103(a).

  5. Resolve any Holds or To Do List items on Campus Connection (found under the Tasks tile) that could prevent awarding or processing of your financial aid.  This includes Verification, Financial Aid Disqualification, Selective Service Registration, unpaid balance on your student billing account, etc.

Summer Grants

Grant aid is available to undergraduate students only, including those classified as P.5 in the professional pharmacy program.  At this time, we anticipate the following grants will be available for the 2019 summer semester:

  1.   Federal Pell Grant

    • Option 1:  “Remaining” Pell Grant funds
      Students who were not enrolled full time for the 2018 fall and 2019 spring semesters may have remaining eligibility from the 2018-19 academic year scheduled Pell Grant award.

      • Half-time enrollment is not a requirement

    • Option 2:  “Additional” Pell Grant funds - Year Round Pell
      Student who received 100% of their scheduled Pell Grant award during the 2018-19 academic year may be eligible for additional Pell Grant funds for the summer.

      • Half-time enrollment (6+ credits) at the Financial Aid Census Date is required.  For more information see the Financial Aid Census Date tab below.
      • If attendance/class participation cannot be documented by the instructor in at least 6 credits, a previously disbursed Year Round Pell Grant will be canceled, resulting in immediate payment due to NDSU.
      • Review examples of determining eligibility for the Year Round Pell Grant in the Additional Year Round Pell Grant tab below.

  2.  North Dakota State Grant

    • Students who graduated from a North Dakota high school and meet other requirements may be eligible for a ND State Grant for the summer term.
    • Must be enrolled for a minimum of 3 credits.   
    • Funds are limited and eligibility is determined by the North Dakota University System Office.    

  3.  TEACH Grant

    • The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program is for students who intend to teach full time in an elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families for at least four of the eight years after their degree completion.
    • Students who would like to apply for the TEACH Grant may complete the form and submit to NDSU One Stop.

  4. Federal SEOG Grant

    • Funds will not be available for the 2019 summer semester.  

Additional Year Round Pell Grant

An eligible student may receive a Federal Pell Grant for summer 2019 even if they received their full scheduled Pell Grant award during the 2018 fall and 2019 spring semesters. Year-round Pell allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year so that they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degree faster than they would otherwise. Any Pell Grant received will be included in determining the student’s Pell Grant duration of eligibility and Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) which is no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent (roughly six years).

To be eligible for the additional Year Round Pell Grant, students must:

  • be otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grant funds based on the 2018-19 FAFSA; and
  • be enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours) during the summer semester; and
  • be meeting the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (not on financial aid disqualification); and
  • not already have earned a bachelor’s degree.
Year Round Pell Grant Examples

Example #1
  • Semesters attended – fall, spring and summer
  • Scheduled Pell Grant award for 2018-19 academic year = $5670
Fall 2018Full Time (12+ credits)$2835
Spring 2019Full Time (12+ credits)$2835
2019 SummerHalf Time (6-8 credits)$1417


Example #2
  • Semesters attended – fall, spring and summer
  • Scheduled Pell Grant award for 2018-19 academic year = $5670
Fall 2018Full Time (12+ credits)$2835
Spring 2019Full Time (12+ credits)$2835
2019 SummerFull Time (12+ credits)$2835


Example #3
  • Semesters attended – fall, spring and summer
  • Scheduled Pell Grant award for 2018-19 academic year = $5670
Fall 2018Full Time (12+ credits)$2835
Spring 2019Full Time (12+ credits)$2835
2019 SummerLess than Half Time (1-5 credits)$0


Example #4
  • Semesters attended - spring and summer only
  • Scheduled Pell Grant award for 2018-19 academic year = $5670
Fall 2018Not Enrolled$0
Spring 2019Full Time (12+ credits)$2835
2019 Summer3/4 Time (9-11 credits)$2126

Summer Loans

Federal and private student loans are available to undergraduate, graduate and professional pharmacy students who qualify. Parents interested in borrowing a loan on the student’s behalf may apply for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan. The following loan programs will be available for the 2019 summer semester:

1. Federal Direct Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized) do not require a credit check or co-signer, and typically has a lower interest rate than private student loans. Eligibility requirements for Direct Loans include:

  • Half-time enrollment or equivalent (6 or more credits for undergraduate and professional pharmacy students and 5 or more credits for graduate students); and
  • Have remaining annual eligibility (see chart below) from the 2018-19 academic year based on grade level (freshman, sophomore, junior/senior, graduate or professional pharmacy); and 
  • Have not reached the aggregate/lifetime Direct Loan borrowing maximums as shown below

    • Dependent Undergraduate Students - $31,000
    • Independent Undergraduate Students - $57,500
    • Graduate Students - $138,500
    • Professional Pharmacy Students - $224,000

The annual loan limits for the Federal Direct Loan is based on grade level and dependency status as indicated in the chart below:

Grade Level Dependent Independent
Freshman (0-26 credits) $5500 $9500
Sophomore (27-89 credits)$6500 $10,500
Junior (60-89 credits) $7500 $12,500
Senior (90+ credits) $7500 $12,500
Graduate Student N/A $20,500
Professional Pharmacy N/A $37,167

Example:  Jeanne is a dependent sophomore (27-59 credits) can receive $6500 per year in the Direct Loan program. If she borrowed $3000 during each of the fall and spring semesters, she would have $500 remaining for the summer, providing she enrolls for at least 6 credits. Additionally, if she earns enough credits during the spring semester to advance to a junior grade level (60-89 credits), she would be eligible for an additional $1000 for the summer semester.   

2. Private Student Loans

Private loans are non-federal, interest-bearing loans through private lenders that usually require a co-signer with good credit. A credit check is performed by the lender, and if pre-approved, the application is forwarded to NDSU to certify eligibility for the amount requested. Private loans are generally more expensive than federal student loans, and usually have a higher interest rate. Please refer to the chart here for a summary of the main differences between federal and private student loans.

  • There are a variety of private student loans available. Students who have previously borrowed a private loan are advised to use the same lender when possible to avoid repayment to multiple lenders. New applicants are encouraged to use the FASTChoice loan comparison tool to help choose the loan program that best suits their needs.
  • The maximum loan amount cannot exceed the student’s educational costs for the summer semester less financial aid resources.
  • Approved private loans have a Right of Rescission Period of approximately 8 business days before loan funds can be released to NDSU. During this time, the borrower may exercise their right to cancel the loan. The approximate time from application to disbursement of a private loan is 3-4 weeks.
  • Some lenders will borrow to students who are enrolled less than half-time, are non-degree seeking or not meeting the required standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress. The eligibility requirements for the various lenders are listed on FASTChoice.  

3. Federal Nursing Loan

  • Funds will not be available for the 2019 summer semester.

Summer Employment

Federal Work-Study will not be available for the 2019 summer semester.

If you are interested in non-Work-Study employment, please refer to the listings on the CAREERlink Job Board

Financial Aid Census Date

NDSU Financial Aid and Scholarships establishes a census date each semester to determine a student’s enrollment status for disbursing financial aid. For the 2019 summer semester, the census date is 5/23/19 at 11:59 p.m. At that time, a snapshot is taken of the student’s enrollment, and financial aid is adjusted for students whose award was based on a different number of credits than their census date enrollment. If a student submits their financial aid application after 5/23/19, their census date is the same date their financial aid award is posted to Campus Connection.

  • Credits added after the census date will not be considered for an increase in any summer grant.
  • Federal loans are not subject to the census date and may be awarded if the addition of credits results in the student reaching half-time enrollment. The student must contact NDSU One Stop to request the addition or increase of a loan when adding credits after the census date.   

Example: Bob is a junior who registers for 12 credits (full time) on May 1. He drops 2 classes on May 22 and his enrollment on the census date of 5/23/19 at 11:59 p.m. is 6 credits (half time). Financial Aid and Scholarships will update his cost of attendance to reflect 6 credits instead of 12 and his financial aid award will be reduced, if necessary.

Financial Aid Disbursement

Please refer to the chart below to determine the expected date summer aid will disburse (be applied to the student’s NDSU billing account).

Earliest Date Financial Aid
Will Disburse
May 31, 2019*
All enrollment requirements must be met before disbursement will occur.
Remaining Federal Pell GrantOnce 1 credit of coursework begins
Additional Federal Pell GrantOnce 6 credits of coursework begins
North Dakota State GrantAfter 3 credits of coursework begins
TEACH GrantAfter 1 credit of coursework begins
Federal Direct LoanOnce 1 credit of coursework has started, as long as the student is enrolled for 6 undergraduate/professional pharmacy or 5 graduate credits
Private LoanEnrollment requirements vary. Students should contact the lender directly for enrollment requirements

*Students enrolled in only the 8-week session will not receive their financial aid disbursement until June 12 or later.

Pell Grants
  • Class attendance/academic activity is required and documented for all Pell Grant recipients.
  • Dropping classes, even before they have begun, can affect your Pell Grant award. Please contact Bonnie at 701-231-7536 to discuss possible implications prior to dropping any classes if you have been awarded a Pell Grant.   
Direct Loans
  • First time borrowers must have completed Entrance Loan Counseling requirements and have signed a Master Promissory Note at before funds will disburse.
  • Students who received the full annual loan award during the 2018-19 academic year will be notified if they become eligible for a summer loan as a result of advancing a grade level after completion of the spring semester. This applies only to students enrolled for 6 or more credits who advance from a freshman to sophomore level, or from a sophomore to junior grade level. 
  • Students should review their scholarship award notification or contact the funding department or external agency for specific enrollment requirements.

EXAMPLES: How Enrollment Changes Impact Financial Aid

Jim registered on 4/16/19 for three classes (9 credits) including one 3 credit class in the 12-week session and two 3 credit classes in the 8-week session.  He submitted his financial aid application on 5/1/19 and was awarded the following on 5/10/19:  His award was:

Federal Direct Loan$1000
ND State Grant$731
Additional Year Round Pell Grant$1000

On the financial aid census date of 5/23/19 at 11:59 p.m., Jim’s enrollment shows that he dropped one of the courses he was enrolled for during the 8-week session. His enrollment is now 6 credits total, one class in the 12-week session and the other in the 8-week session. Prior to the beginning of financial aid disbursement, Jim’s aid is revised as follows:

Federal Direct Loan$1000(no change in amount, loan will disburse after 8-week session begins)
ND State Grant$487(pro-rated at 1/2 time status rather than 3/4 time)
Additional Year Round Pell Grant$750(adjusted based on 1/2 time enrollment rather than 3/4 time)

On 5/31/19, Jim’s ND State Grant, Additional Year Round Pell Grant, and Federal Direct Loan will disburse once his first class has started.  

Jim decides that the number of hours he’s working during the summer does not allow enough time for his studies. He drops his 8-week course on 6/5/19, prior to it starting.  Here is how his aid is affected:

Federal Direct Loan$1000(no change since he was enrolled 1/2 time (6+ credits) when it disbursed)
ND State Grant$487(no change - his award is still based on his census date enrollment)
Additional Year Round Pell Grant$0(Pell Grant is zeroed; he received $750 and must repay the full amount due to failure to begin attendance in 6 or more credits)

Jim’s future financial aid eligibility may also be in jeopardy. He will likely be placed on Financial Aid Warning at the end of the summer semester because he did not complete 66.67% of his attempted credits. If he does not earn a C or higher in the course he completes, he may be placed on Financial aid Disqualification for not meeting the required GPA in addition to not completing 66.67% of his attempted credits as published in the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

Important Dates

Summer Financial Aid Application Available: April 15, 2019

  • Must be registered for ALL classes prior to submitting the application.

NDSU Bookstore allows summer book charges: April 15, 2019

Census Date for summer aid applications submitted before May 20: 11:59 p.m. on May 23, 2019

Census Date for summer aid applications submitted after May 23: Date the student’s award is posted on Campus Connection

Financial Aid Disbursement: Begins May 31, 2019 and varies based on enrollment requirements and the start date of the student’s classes. For details, refer to the Financial Aid Disbursement section above.

2018-19 FAFSA Deadline: June 30, 2019

  • Submit the 2018-19 FAFSA at as soon as possible if you have not already done so. The 2019-20 FAFSA cannot be used to determine aid for the 2019 summer semester.

Summer Financial Aid Application Deadline: August 1, 2019

  • Applications will be accepted until the day prior to the final day of the semester; however, applications should be submitted no later than July 12, 2019 to allow adequate time to go through the awarding process before the end of the semester. 

Important Reminders

  1. Do not submit the Summer Financial Aid Application until you are fully enrolled for all summer courses you intend to take.

  2. Check your NDSU email regularly. Official notifications from our office will be sent via email whenever possible.

  3. Federal Pell Grant awards are based on remaining eligibility from the 2018-19 academic year, and/or additional Year Round Pell Grant eligibility for undergraduate students enrolled at least 6 credits.

  4. Dropping below half-time enrollment prior to disbursement of financial aid may result in your becoming ineligible for all non-disbursed aid. Additionally, if class attendance is not established, you will have to repay any disbursed Pell Grant funds.

  5. If you register for summer classes and decide not to attend, notify NDSU One Stop immediately to begin the official withdrawal process.

  6. If you withdraw to zero credits prior to the 60% point of the summer session(s) you are scheduled to attend, you may owe a repayment of financial aid funds to the programs from which they were awarded.

  7. Failure to officially withdraw may result in the receipt of failing grades and you may owe a repayment of financial aid funds to the programs from which they were awarded, thus owing a debt to NDSU and resulting in disqualification from future financial aid.

  8. Standards of Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress apply to all semesters, including summer.

  9. Students who are enrolled less than half-time (less than 6 credits for undergraduate/professional students and less than 5 credits for graduate students) are not able to include room/board and miscellaneous expenses in their financial aid budget.

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