Summer School

Financial aid is available to students who are interested in attending summer school. The following types of aid may be available: Federal Direct Loan(s), Federal Direct PLUS Loans and Federal Pell Grant for example. Work-study is also available, even to students who are not enrolled in summer sessions.

Understand Your 2016 Summer Financial Aid Eligibility:

The best way to know your eligibility for & to receive summer financial aid is to follow these steps:

  • Complete the Summer Financial Aid Application available in MyCUInfo* beginning February 24, 2016:
    • Log in to MyCUInfo
    • Click on the Financial Aid tab
    • Click on Apply for Summer Aid
  • Complete the 2015-16 FAFSA. If you received financial aid at CU-Boulder during the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 semesters, then it should already be on file.
  • Complete the 2016-17 FAFSA.This is required to receive work-study this summer.

*You can also visit with one of our financial aid counselors to get summer financial aid.

Please note: The summer financial aid application only lists loans and work-study as aid you can choose to receive. By submitting your application, you will automatically be considered for grants.

Summer School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Much like during the academic year, the amount of aid you can receive is determined by the number of credits you enroll in and your aid eligibility. Summer aid is typically limited to your remaining eligibility from the 2015-16 academic year for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans and the Federal Pell Grant. Direct PLUS loans and work-study may also be available.

Financial aid is applied to your bill before classes begin as long as all necessary steps are completed (for example, Master Promissory Notes for loans). Refunds will be issued from the Bursar’s Office if any funds remain after the bill has been paid. View the refund schedule.

You must enroll at least half-time (6 credits for undergraduates, 4 credits for graduates) to receive loans for summer courses. If you add or drop a class, it may result in adjustments to or cancellation of your aid. If you become ineligible for aid, you may have to give back funds you’ve already received. Courses that do not earn credit toward a degree do not count toward enrollment.

If you are considering taking summer classes and need financial aid, be sure to apply before the summer application closes in mid July. Also make sure you complete any requested forms before this deadline. We can only provide loans during the time you are attending class. After your summer class has ended, you cannot get federal student or parent loans.

Summer work-study is popular, but funds are limited, so you should notify us that you want to earn work-study as soon as possible after the Summer Aid Application opens on February 24, 2016 or by contacting Student Employment. If you earned work-study during the 2015-16 academic year, you will be given first priority, but awards are never guaranteed. To learn more, visit our work-study web page.

You do not have to be enrolled in summer to receive work-study if you attend classes in spring and you will be back in the fall. If you do not plan to take classes this summer, you must be currently enrolled in Spring 2016 and be registered for Fall 2016 by May 8, 2016.

Students who earn summer work-study may be required to save a portion of their earnings to pay for next year’s expenses. This amount is called “Expected Summer Savings” and is required if your summer work-study award is greater than your summer cost of attendance. The “Expected Summer Savings” will appear as a resource on your 2016-17 financial aid award. Summer Savings will apply whether or not you take summer classes. Student Employment counselors can answer any questions about how this might impact your 2016-17 financial aid.

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CU Boulder degree-seeking students participating in a Study Abroad program should complete the Summer Aid Application and be enrolled in a CU Boulder Study Abroad program to be eligible for financial aid. Exception: Students in the College of Architecture and Planning who are enrolled in the UCD Study Abroad programs may be eligible for financial aid from CU Boulder after completing the application process.

Federal law requires students receiving financial aid to make satisfactory academic progress. If you do not meet the minimum requirements during spring semester, you may lose aid eligibility for summer even if aid has already been awarded. You may file an appeal with the Office of Financial Aid and, if approved, may regain financial aid eligibility.

Main campus students can enroll in Continuing Education (CE) courses (including self-paced courses) just like any other semester- but you should keep a couple things in mind as you make summer plans:
  • For resident students: CE courses are not eligible for College Opportunity Fund (COF).
  • If you are thinking about taking a self-paced class, you must finish it within the summer semester to stay in good financial aid standing.

For details, visit Self-Paced Courses.