Summer financial aid (including work-study) is awarded separately from the academic year. Students interested in summer work-study will automatically be awarded after completing the summer financial aid application available in Buff Portal starting in late February 2020.

Summer 2020 Aid

  • Students who are planning to earn work-study after May 16, 2020 should apply for summer financial aid as soon as possible after the application becomes available in late February- our funding is limited and always goes fast!
  • You don't have to be enrolled in summer to receive work-study. However, if you are not taking summer classes, you must be currently enrolled in Spring 2020 and enrolled for next Fall 2020 by the first day of summer work-study on May 17, 2020.
  • By May 17, 2020 the Office of Financial Aid needs to have your 2020-21 FAFSA  on file AND you must demonstrate financial need in the 2020-21 academic year to qualify for summer work-study. Please plan ahead - it may take up to 2 weeks for your FAFSA to process and be sent to our office.
  • Students and employers will be notified if a student cannot begin working when summer work-study begins on May 17, 2020. If students are not pre-registered for Fall 2020 courses by May 17, 2020, they won't be allowed to work. Our office will verify students' eligibility on a daily basis.
  • Undergraduates enrolled less than 6 credit hours and graduate students enrolled less than 3 credit hours will be required to contribute to a Student Retirement account. Graduate students enrolled in only 1 credit hour to complete a thesis or dissertation may be exempt. In addition, student employees whose normal work schedules are 40 or more hours per week (across all jobs at the university) will also be enrolled in Student Retirement, regardless of the number of credits they're taking.
  • In some cases we can give students more work-study in summer than they're technically eligible for using something called Expected Summer Savings. In these cases, we pull from next year's eligibility and allow you to earn it during summer instead. The "Expected Summer Savings" shows up as aid already paid to you on next year's award list. If you have questions about Expected Summer Savings, contact us for more info.