Summer Aid

Summer is considered a non-standard term, the financial aid automated system will not completely handle eligibility determination, awarding, or disbursement. Meaning, each student that registers for a summer session must be reviewed manually by a Financial Aid Counselor. This manual review process does not begin until JUNE 1.

If you are a student interested in taking courses over the summer, please stop by our office to speak to a counselor in order to determine whether or not you will be eligible for summer Financial Aid. You may need to complete additional requirements to receive your summer aid.

Summer PELL Grants

There is a change to the Federal Pell Grant Program that allows eligible students to receive additional Federal Pell Grant award for summer beginning with the Summer 2018 session. To be eligible for the additional summer Pell Grant Award, the student must meet the program requirements and be enrolled in at least 6 units. 

The Pell Grant Award is based on a student's Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA 

  • Awards will vary based on EFC
  • Awards are prorated based on units enrolled
  • Aggregate lifetime award cannot exceed 600% (6 years or 12 semesters of full-time)
  • You must have a 2020-2021 FAFSA application on file to be considered for Summer Aid

 How do I know how much Summer Pell I would be eligible for? The easiest way to estimate your eligibility for summer Pell will be to first look at your Spring 2020 Pell award. If you were enrolled full-time for Spring 2020 you would have received 50% of your eligibility. For Summer 2020 you will be eligible for half of your Spring 2019 disbursement if you are enrolled in 6 units.

In the example below, an undergraduate student who has received 50% of their Pell Grant in Fall 2019 and 50% of their Pell Grant in Spring 2020, will have used 100% of their scheduled Pell Grant Award. If the student enrolls in Summer Session 2020, they may qualify for the additional Pell Grant Award if they meet the program eligibility requirements and are enrolled in at least 6 units.  

2019-2020 Academic Year (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)

*Example below shows award EFC is $0 and the student is enrolled in 6 units Summer 2020. 


  Fall 2019    Spring 2020  Summer 2020


Enrolled Units
12 units12 units6 units*

% of Pell Used


Award Amount 


When will my summer Pell be awarded? We are unable to begin processing summer awards until June 1.  If you are enrolled in at least 6 units and are eligible for Summer Pell, we will award it to you.

Summer Aid Recipients

Your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is dependent upon the type and amount of aid received and your enrollment level at the time of disbursement. Your SAP status will be updated after all summer grades are posted and keep in mind that your status can affect your aid eligibility for the upcoming fall semester. Visit Maintaining Eligibility for more information. 

Summer Admission

If you are admitted to HSU for the summer (as your first term), your aid eligibility may be limited depending on other aid you may have received in previous terms.