Types of aid:

Please speak with a financial aid counselor to find out what you might be eligible for or review the eligibility section on this page for more information

  • Loans- if you did not use all of your annual loan eligibility in the fall or spring, you may have some remaining for summer
  • Grants- Students who demonstrate financial need on the FAFSA may be eligible for summer grant aid, including Federal Pell grant! Limited funds are available. We strongly encourage you to reach out to our staff if you have any questions about summer 2021 grant eligibility.
  • Work study- limited opportunities for summer work study exist. If you are eligible for work study and interested, ask your employer if they have summer work study availability.

How and when will summer financial aid be awarded?

  • Colorado State University will automatically award financial aid to eligible students who are enrolled for summer classes beginning in at the end of April. No additional financial aid application will be required. You can check on the status of your summer financial aid by logging into RAMweb and selecting “Summer Financial Aid Information” on your Financial Aid page.
  • If you have already completed the FAFSA for this academic year you do not need to submit another one.
  • If you did not apply for financial aid for this academic year, you must submit a 2020-21 FAFSA for the Summer 2021 term by June 30, 2021.

Summer Aid Eligibility

  • You must meet the general financial aid eligibility criteria to receive summer financial aid
  • Summer aid eligibility is determined by the number of credits you are enrolled in.
  • If you exhausted your Federal Direct Loan eligibility during the academic school year, you will not be able to receive any federal loans during the summer.
  • If you are eligible to receive financial aid for Summer 2021, you will receive an e-mail directing you to RAMweb to review your summer award and accept your Federal Direct Loan if you have been offered one.
  • In some cases you may be eligible to apply for a Private Student Loan.
  • The Federal Direct Pell Grant may be available to undergraduate students who are enrolled in at least 6 credits for summer and meet eligibility criteria. Contact us if you have questions about your grant eligibility.

Summer Aid Disbursement

  • The earliest we can disburse your summer financial aid is 10 days prior to the first day of the first summer session you attend, provided you meet all the disbursement and eligibility criteria.
  • Tuition assessment deadlines can be found on the Summer Session website.

Summer Enrollment Changes

Adjusting the number of credits in which you are enrolled can impact the amount of your financial aid award. Contact the Office of Financial Aid if you:

  • Plan on dropping or withdrawing from a summer course(s)
  • Add a course after you’ve been awarded summer aid to be reviewed for additional aid eligibility

Summer Scholarship Exceptions

Scholarships may or may not be applied to Summer Session based on the specific scholarship details. In instances when a scholarship is awarded by an outside agency (this does not apply to institutional awards) students may make a request to their scholarship provider to apply the scholarship to summer.

  • If summer is not listed as a term in which the scholarship can be applied, and/or
  • The scholarship requires full-time (12 credits) enrollment however this is not realistic for, or needed by, the student in the summer term, and
  • A student, along with the student’s Advisor or Academic Support Coordinator, agree that summer enrollment is important for the student’s academic progression and graduation goals, then
  • Students may request an exception to apply their scholarship in summer using the Summer Scholarship Exception Request Form for outside agency.
  • The decision will be made solely by the outside scholarship provider/agency. This form is intended to assist students with the request process and does not guarantee scholarships may be applied.

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