Summer Financial Aid Information

Are you planning on taking summer classes at Kent State University? If so, in addition to applying for student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), returning students need to submit information on FlashLine to indicate your enrollment plans for summer.

Students who submit information on their summer enrollment plans on FlashLine will be awarded based on the information you provided through an automated process.

Summer Financial Aid Information

Students must follow the steps on FlashLine to assist the financial aid office in developing the appropriate financial aid packaged based on your enrollment plans for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

grants

  • Using grants, scholarships, loans, or work study during the summer may decrease your fall/spring aid.
  • All enrolled students who are eligible for grants (Pell, TEACH, OCOG, PHEAA) will be awarded a semester of eligibility during the summer.  Summer grants will be awarded based on your registered hours at the time your application is processed.
    • PHEAA students must apply online.
    • Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG):  Students must be enrolled in a majority of classes at the Kent Campus to qualify.

loans

  • Students who indicate they would like to use a loan in Summer will be awarded 1/3 of their annual remaining loan eligibility for the summer term. The remaining 2/3 will be awarded during the Fall/Spring semesters. 
    • All Direct Loans are subject to a Loan Origination Fee deducted by the Department of Education (1.069% of loan amount until October 1, 2017).
  • If you indicate that you will graduate in August or December, your Federal Direct Loan will be prorated based on your enrolled credit hours and remaining terms of enrollment. If you do not graduate, you must notify us to be reviewed for awarding in subsequent semester(s). The financial aid awarding for graduating students is not an automated process. 
  • Those who wish to borrow a Parent PLUS or Graduate PLUS loan for Summer or Summer/Fall/Spring, must apply on StudentLoans.gov by selecting the appropriate loan period (designated in the chart below). Prior to requesting an amount in a Direct PLUS Loan, you should factor in the Department of Education’s Direct Loan Origination fee (4.276% for PLUS).
    • Parent PLUS: Student must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours. The parent borrower must apply online at StudentLoans.gov.
    • Graduate PLUS loan (Graduate Students only): Student applicant must be admitted as a graduate student and be enrolled in at least 4 graduate credit hours. The graduate student borrower must apply online at StudentLoans.gov. The Student Financial Aid Office will evaluate your eligibility for the Graduate PLUS loan only after you have exhausted all your Federal Direct Loan (Unsubsidized) eligibility.
    • Private/Alternative Loans: Prior to applying for a private loan, students should consider Federal Direct loan options first. To apply for a private/alternative loan, you must contact your lender for information and application process. To compare private/alternative loan lenders, visit FastChoice.

Loan Periods for the Academic Year

Semester Begin and End Months Allocation of Loan Funds
Summer semester May - August Entire eligible amount in Summer
Fall semester August - December Entire eligible amount in Fall
Spring semester January - May Entire eligible amount in Spring
Fall and Spring semesters August - May Entire eligible amount to be evenly divided between eligible terms of enrollment (Fall/Spring)
Summer/Fall/Spring semesters May - May Entire eligible amount to be evenly divided between eligible terms of enrollment (Summer/Fall/Spring)

federal work study

  • Federal Work Study funds for summer are limited to students who have a current on-campus Federal Work Study funded position in 2016-2017 who plan to work during the summer.
  • Students must meet the priority processing date of February 1, 2017.
  • Must demonstrate financial aid need based on the results of the FAFSA to qualify. 
  • Funds are very limited and not guaranteed, even if student meets the requirements listed.
  • Students do not need to be enrolled in the summer to use Federal Work Study. 
  • You must submit a supplemental application (COMING SOON) to request funding.  

post undergraduate & graduate  non-degree students

If you already have a Bachelor's degree and are not admitted to a Master's or PhD program, you must also complete the Program of Study Form, and the 2017-2018 FAFSA. Your Program of Study Form must be approved in order to receive federal loans.

Summer Enrollment Requirements

Type of Aid Undergraduate (Min. Credit Req.) Graduate (Min. Credit Req.)
Federal Pell Grant 1 Not Eligible
Federal TEACH Grant 1 1
Federal Direct Loan 6 4
Federal Parent PLUS Loan 6 Not Eligible
Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Not Eligible 4
Federal Work Study* 6 6
Ohio College Opportunity Grant 1 Not Eligible
Pennsylvania State Grant 6 Not Eligible
Scholarships** 12 9

*Enrollment not required during summer (eligibility may be limited)
**May vary depending on scholarship

important information

  • If you change your Summer credit hours after the Student Financial Aid Office processes your Summer Aid Request, you must notify our office as this change may or may not result in adjustments to your financial aid awards.
  • Withdrawal of hours after financial aid has been disbursed may result in a reduction of financial aid.
  • If repeating a course, review regulation regarding financial aid.  Access information on repeating coursework.

Disbursement of Summer Aid

before summer financial aid can be processed and disbursed

  • You must be in compliance with the Academic Progress Policy.
  • If selected for verification, all requested documents must be submitted and processed.
  • You must be enrolled in six eligible credit hours for use of Federal Direct loan (4 hours for graduate students).  All courses must apply toward your degree program.

Financial aid for summer will be disbursed on June 3, 2017 for intersession, session 1, and session 2. If you are enrolled in session 3 only, financial aid will disburse on July 7, 2017. At the time of disbursement, you must meet all enrollment and compliance requirements for all summer aid you have been awarded.