Summer Financial Aid
Summer Aid Availability
Financial aid for the summer term is generally limited to Federal Pell Grant, Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans, Federal Parent Loan (PLUS), Federal Graduate Plus Loan and private loans. New York State residents may also qualify for the New York State Tuition Assistance Grant (TAP). For most aid programs you must be enrolled for at least six credits in total during summer 2015 (Exceptions may include federal Pell Grant or private loans).
How to Apply?
- Step 1: File a 2015-2016 FAFSA
If you have not filed a 2015-16 FAFSA, you should submit an online application at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Step 2: Register for all summer 2015 courses.
Summer aid will not be offered until you are registered for the number of credits necessary to meet the basic eligibility requirements. You should register for all your summer classes before completing the online summer aid request form (see Step 3).
- Step 3: Log onto your personal UIS account. Under the Financial Aid Menu, click on Apply for Summer Financial Aid. Select the aid programs you want to use toward payment of your summer study and submit your request.
Cost of Attendance
Your summer cost of attendance/budget will be based upon the cost of your total expected summer term enrollment and living expenses. You can view your individualized cost of attendance along with your summer bill online via your personal UIS account.
General Eligibility Requirements
To receive federal and state aid you must be admitted to a St. John’s University degree program and meet all federal eligibility requirements, including satisfactory academic progress and the following general requirements:
- You must have a valid 2015-2016 FAFSA on file with the University. If you are selected for Verification, all requested documentation must be submitted.
- You must register for a minimum of 6 credits of summer coursework in order to qualify for any federal student loans.
- Federal Pell recipients must be registered for at least three credits to be considered for a summer Pell grant.
- All summer coursework must be applicable to your degree program.
- You must actively begin and attend all registered courses in each summer term in order to maintain eligibility for your summer financial aid. Failure to attend class and complete coursework will result in the loss of summer financial aid.
- Changes in enrollment or withdrawals could impact summer aid eligibility and result in a reduction of summer aid. Since aid offers are based on expected enrollment you are responsible for any account balance created by non applicable coursework, an enrollment change, a withdrawal, or failure to attend summer term courses.
- Eligible TAP recipients must have completed at least 24 credits in 2014- 2015 and be enrolled for at least six credits to be considered for a summer TAP grant. Use of summer TAP accelerates use of your TAP eligibility.
- Summer disbursement dates available online via your personal UIS account.
Summer Federal Direct Loans
- All first time borrowers must visit StudentLoans.gov to complete a Master Promissory Note and a Entrance Counseling Session.
Please note: The act of applying for summer loans will constitute your acceptance of your entire federal loan eligibility for the upcoming school year, to be divided as follows:
- You will be awarded up to half of your annual loan eligibility for summer study if your cost of attendance permits; your remaining annual loan eligibility will be equally divided between the fall and spring terms.
- If you wish to adjust the amount of your subsidized or unsubsidized Direct loans, you must submit a Loan Change Form to the Office of Student Financial Services.
- If you are graduating at the end of the summer, your summer loan eligibility will be prorated in accordance with federal regulations.
- The Office of Student Financial Services will notify you once your loan funds have been disbursed and applied to your student account.
Summer Federal Graduate PLUS Loan
- Go to StudentLoans.gov and complete the Direct Grad PLUS Application Process.
- All first time Direct Graduate PLUS Loan borrowers must complete a separate Graduate PLUS Entrance Counseling session at StudentLoans.gov.
- You must submit a Summer PLUS/GRAD PLUS Request Form and indicate how much Graduate PLUS you want to borrow for the summer.
- Approved, first time borrowers will then have to complete a PLUS Master Promissory Note at www.StudentLoans.gov.
If you are seeking a private loan for the summer you may borrow up to the total Cost of Attendance, which includes tuition, fees, and living expenses minus any other summer aid you receive.
Please initiate the private loan application process directly with your chosen lender. Please review of the private loan process and the form you need to complete and submit to enable St. John’s to certify a private loan for you upon lender request.
St. John’s recommends that students review their opportunities for borrowing through conventional federal loan programs first (Federal Direct Loan and Federal Graduate/Professional PLUS Loan), and beyond these, to evaluate private loan options carefully.