Summer Aid Application

Summer Financial Aid Information

  • Must complete a summer aid application in AccessPlus under the “Financial Aid” menu after registering for summer classes
  • Must file the 2016-2017 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov by June 30, 2017 to be considered for summer financial aid
  • You will be notified via email when your summer financial aid award letter is viewable in AccessPlus
  • If you are a new transfer student to ISU, your summer financial aid eligibility may be limited based on aid received at your prior school

Minimum Enrollment Requirements

Students must be enrolled in coursework that is considered at least half-time status to be eligible for financial aid. Below are the number of credits in which a student must be enrolled to be considered half-time. Enrollment requirements for the Office of Student Financial Aid and for the Office of the Registrar may differ. Full-time certification for internships or through Student Disability Resources does not guarantee financial aid eligibility. C-base graduate assistants who are on assistantships for the summer must be enrolled in one credit to receive federal student aid.

Students enrolled for 4 weeks:
Undergraduate: 1.5 credits
Graduate: 1.5 credits

Students enrolled for 6 weeks:
Undergraduate: 2.5 credits
Graduate: 2 credits

Students enrolled for 8 weeks:
Undergraduate: 3 credits
Graduate: 2.5 credits

Students enrolled for 10 weeks:
Undergraduate: 4 credits
Graduate: 3 credits

Students enrolled for 12 weeks:
Undergraduate: 4.5 credits
Graduate: 3.5 credits

Please Note: If a student reduces their Summer credits after initial enrollment, their Summer aid may need to be reduced.

Sources of Summer Aid

Pell Grant
Pell Grants may be awarded to first-time eligible freshmen or eligible current students who did not use their entire Pell Grant during the 2016-2017 school year.

Loan Programs
Loan funds are available through the Stafford Loan, PLUS Loan, or private loan programs. Maximum loan amounts for the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program, based in part on the cost of attendance, are listed below:

  • Freshmen: $2,750 (Dependent) or $4,750 (Independent)
  • Sophomores: $3,250 (Dependent) or $5,250 (Independent)
  • Juniors/Seniors: $3,750 (Dependent) or $6,250 (Independent)
  • Graduate Students: $10,250

Additional Details

The Financial Aid Office calculates students’ eligibility and offers them aid packages through the Federal Pell Grant program, Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan (interest paid by the government), and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan (borrower pays the interest). Parents of students may also borrow for their student using the Federal Direct PLUS Loan program. Graduate and Veterinary Medicine students may also borrow using the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan program. Additionally, students or their parents may borrow through private loan programs if they have eligibility according to their cost of attendance.

Each Iowa State student will be sent an email after their summer aid has been processed. Students can then view their awards on AccessPlus.

Students and their parents should consider all of their costs to determine how much money will be needed for Summer attendance. The Registrar’s Office lists Summer Tuition and Fees on its website.