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Summer financial aid is available for students who are enrolled for the summer 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 academic year at the University of Houston. Therefore, if a student has completed the FAFSA for the academic year, the application also includes the following summer. Students enrolled for summer courses will be evaluated for summer aid by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid starting the end of April. Students should finalize their summer enrollment by April 30. 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.

Current Students
Students who attended the University of Houston (main campus) during the fall and/or spring term will only need to register for summer classes; no additional application form is needed. Students enrolling in repeat courses for the summer are encouraged to read the Financial Aid Repeat Course Policy.

Transfer Students
Students new to the University for the spring or summer term will need to complete a Summer Transfer Monitor form if it is initiated on their myUH To-Do List. A student’s eligibility and enrollment will determine the awarding of summer financial aid.

Verification Deadline
If you are selected for verification, the UH Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will notify you via email informing you of requested information or any changes to your award due to verification. Any requested information is “initiated” in your myUH To-Do List and is required to process your financial aid application. To allow time for accurate processing, the deadline to submit documents to UH for Summer 2019 financial aid is June 21, 2019. You already must have an official EFC, as a result of completing a FAFSA, processed by the Department of Education in order to submit any requested documents to our office.

Warning: If you purposely provide false or misleading information, you will be reported to the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education, and may be subject to a fine, sentenced to jail or both.

Summer Awards
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
Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell award each year. This means that if you received Pell for both fall and spring terms, you may qualify for a Pell Grant for the summer.

If you enrolled full-time (12+ hours) and received your full-time Pell for fall and spring, you must enroll in at least half-time (6 hours) for the summer term to be offered a summer Pell Grant. You must have lifetime Pell Grant eligibility remaining in order to qualify for these additional funds.

Direct Loans
Students may not receive federal aid from multiple institutions during the same enrollment period. This would result in cancellation of aid and a balance. Students’ summer loan eligibility is determined by Federal Student Loan money awarded at UH or another institution during the academic year. Students who received their annual loan limit the past fall and spring terms will no longer have loan eligibility for the summer term. Federal Direct Loans require at least half-time enrollment (6 credit hours for undergraduate/professional students, 5 credit hours for graduate students). Students who alter their enrollment after being awarded will need to complete a Revision Request form requesting an aid adjustment. Dropping below half-time, or not being enrollment in 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


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 studentloans.gov. Once a PLUS application has been completed online, students must complete the “Other” section of the 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 Revision Request form and indicate that the private or alternative loan be applied towards the summer term.  

Summer 2019 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

TBD

TBD

Enrolled

Enrolled

TBD

TBD

Not Enrolled

Enrolled

TBD

TBD

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

TBD

TBD

3 hours

3 hours or more

TBD

TBD

0 hours

6 hours or more

TBD

TBD

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

TBD TBD

2 – 3 hours or more*

2 – 3 hours or more*

TBD TBD

0 hours

5 hours or more

TBD

TBD

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