Summer Aid

Click here to view the Summer 2015 Disbursement Calendar.

Summer financial aid is available for students who are enrolled for the Summer 2015 term and have remaining aid that was not utilized during the prior fall and spring terms. The summer term is the final term in the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Therefore, if a student has completed the FAFSA for the 2014 – 2015 aid year, the application also included the following summer. Students enrolling in repeat courses for the summer are encouraged to read the Financial Aid Repeat Course Policy.

Students who attended the University of Houston (main campus) during the fall or spring term and enrolled for summer courses in April will be assessed for summer aid awarding by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, starting the end of April. Students who received aid in the 2014 – 2015 academic year will only need to register for classes, no additional application form is needed. Students new to the University for the spring or summer term will need to complete a 2014 – 15 Summer Transfer Monitor form. Your eligibility and enrollment will determine the awarding of summer financial aid.

Notification of summer aid eligibility will be emailed to students at the email address on file. Students should update contact information in their myUH self-service account. Students who alter their enrollment after being awarded will need to complete a Revision Request form requesting aid adjustment. Dropping below half-time may result in cancellation of all loans and portions of grants. As a courtesy, those summer enrolled students who are not eligible for aid will be sent a notification regarding lack of federal aid eligibility and be provided with information regarding alternative options or plus loans.

Two types of awards are available for summer via the FAFSA, based on remaining eligibility: Pell grants and student loans. Students also may apply for private loans with their lender.

Pell Grants
Students who received a full-time Pell grant for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 terms will not be awarded any remaining aid for the summer term. Only students who attended and received Pell for one term or attended and were awarded as part-time, will have Pell eligibility for the summer. If summer enrollment is split between summer sessions that start on different dates, the aid will not disburse until the start of your latest session.

Loans
Students may not receive aid from multiple institutions during the same enrollment period. This would result in cancellation of aid and a balance. Students’ summer loan eligibility is affected by federal loan money awarded at UH or another institution during the aid year. Students who received their annual loan limit the past fall and spring terms will no longer have loan eligibility for the summer term. Students who alter their enrollment after being awarded will need to complete a Revision Request form requesting aid adjustment. Dropping below half-time will result in cancellation of all federal loans.


Annual and aggregate (career) loan limits are as follows:  

Dependent Undergraduates

Annual Limit

Aggregate Limit

Total

Subsidized Maximum

Total

Subsidized Maximum

Freshmen

$5,500

$3,500

$31,000

$23,000

Sophomores

$6,500

$4,500

Juniors and Seniors

$7,500

$5,500









 

Independent Students

Annual Limit

Aggregate Limit

Total

Subsidized Maximum

Total

Subsidized Maximum

Freshmen

$9,500

$3,500

$57,500

$23,000

Sophomores

$10,500

$4,500

Juniors and Seniors

$12,500

$5,500

Graduate and Professional Students

$20,500

$0

$138,500

$65,500

Students should finalize their summer enrollment by April 30, 2015. Summer awarding will begin and continue throughout May 2015. Notification of summer aid eligibility will be emailed to students at the email address on file. Students should update contact information in their myUH self-service account. Students who have enrolled for summer courses but do not have summer aid eligibility will receive a courtesy email regarding summer aid ineligibility for federal loans and Pell grant.

Plus Loans

Students with no federal aid eligibility may apply for the Parent Plus loan (for dependent undergraduate loans) or the Graduate Plus loans (for graduate students) by initiating the process at www.studentloans.gov. Once a Plus application has been completed online, students must complete the “Other” section of the 2014 – 2015 Revision Request form to indicate that the Plus loan be applied for the summer term. Students who want to pursue an alternative or private loan must initiate the application process with the lender of their choice before they complete the “Other” section of the 2014 – 2015 Revision Request form and indicate that the private or alternative loan be applied towards the summer term.  

Summer 2015 Disbursement Calendar:

Pell Grant Disbursement

Hours in Summer Session 1, 2, or 3

Hours in Summer Session 4

Disbursement Date

Refund Generation Date

Enrolled

Not Enrolled

Pell will disburse after June 5

Week of June 8

Enrolled

Enrolled

Pell will disburse after July 14

Week of July 15

Not Enrolled

Enrolled

Pell will disburse after July 14

Week of July 15

Federal Loan Disbursement Schedule for Undergraduates

Hours in Summer Session 1, 2, or 3

Hours in Summer Session 4

Disbursement Date

Refund Generation Date

6 hours or more

0 hour

Week of June 5

Week of June 8

3 hours

3 hours or more

Week of July 8

Week of July 9

0 hours

6 hours or more

Week of July 8

Week of July 9

Federal Loan Disbursement Schedule for Graduate and Professional Students 

Hours in Summer Session 1, 2, or 3

Hours in Summer Session 4

Disbursement Date

Refund Generation Date

5 hours or more

0 hour

Week of June 5

Week of June 8

2 – 3 hours or more*

2 – 3 hours or more*

Week of July 9

Week of July 10

0 hours

5 hours or more

Week of July 9

Week of July 10

*Graduate students must be enrolled in a combined 5+ hours for the summer term to receive loans.