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Summer aid

For the purpose of awarding financial aid, summer school is considered to be the end of the school year.  Therefore, your eligibility for student aid funds for summer school is based upon your remaining annual limits for grants and loans.

If you receive your maximum grant (such as Pell) and/or loan eligibility for the fall and spring semesters, you may not have any remaining eligibility for summer financial aid.  Students wishing to receive funds for summer school should enroll as early as possible. 


Federal Pell Grants

Eligibility is determined by:

  • having a 2022-2023 FAFSA
  • being enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
  • meeting the conditions of the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy
  • being grant eligible with maximum eligibility not yet reached for the school year.

Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell award each year. If you were a Pell eligible student in fall 2022 and/or spring 2023, you may qualify for a Pell Grant for summer 2023!

Students wishing to receive funds for summer school should enroll as early as possible.  Most grant program funding for summer is limited.

Financial Aid

Eligibility for summer financial aid requires you are:

  • enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours (both undergraduates and graduates)
    • full-time enrollment for summer is 12 hours for undergraduate students and nine hours for graduate students.
  • degree-seeking and enrolled in classes that count toward your degree plan
  • and meeting the conditions of the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy determined after spring 2023 grades are posted May 9.

Courses not on your degree plan

Example One:

You are a music major and want to take mythology. If mythology is not listed on your degree plan as a course requirement or elective that will apply towards graduation, then financial aid cannot pay for that class.

Example Two:

You are enrolled in 12 hours for the summer. However, six of those hours are for classes that are not on your degree plan. Financial aid will adjust and only pay for the six hours that are on your degree plan. You will then receive a half-time budget, not a full-time budget.

Satisfactory Academic Progress policy

Any student not meeting the SAP policy who has had summer aid awarded will have their financial aid canceled immediately and therefore may owe a bill for summer.

Detailed information on SAP can be found at Satisfactory Academic Progress policy page.

Work-study program

Eligibility is determined by:

  • having a 2022-2023 FAFSA
  • and meeting the conditions of the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

If you are enrolled less than half-time (including no summer enrollment) but wish to work in a work-study position on campus, you must submit a completed Summer Work Study form to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for approval.


Summer financial aid is applied to your student account in two payments.

For details on aid disbursement dates, view important financial aid dates and deadlines.

If you're only taking summer II classes, you must be enrolled for at least six credit hours for this second part of term in order to qualify for aid.


Class dropping and withdrawing

If you withdraw from any summer class, it will impact your eligibility for financial aid. The level of financial assistance will change if it was awarded prior to the time of the drop.

It is your responsibility to contact our office to discuss any changes in summer enrollment. We encourage you to contact your financial aid counselor before dropping any classes. Email us at with your student information and any questions.

Enrollment will be checked for all students enrolled in any summer parts of term. If you do not complete at least six hours for the entire summer term, all summer financial aid may be canceled. Your aid will be canceled even if you have received a refund. Full-time enrollment for summer is 12 hours for an undergraduate student and nine hours for a graduate student.

Parent loan information

Due to the credit expiration date determined by the Department of Education, parents must complete a new Direct PLUS credit application for the summer term.

If the parent doesn't apply for a parent loan for fall/spring terms, the parent must complete a credit application and a Parent PLUS Master Promissory Note (eMPN) at the Department of Education’s website.

Short-term loans will be available for summer.

How to apply for summer aid



Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Physical address:
Austin Building, Room 104

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 13052, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

Stephen F. Austin State University is committed to using the principles and standards of the College Cost Transparency Initiative in its student financial aid offer.