Summer Aid

Students enrolling in at least six credits for the summer 2020 semester who submit their 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than June 30th, 2020, may be eligible for federal and institutional summer aid.  At The University of Montana the Summer 2020 Semester is considered part of the 2019-2020 academic year.  Session dates and deadlines may be found at the Registrars Summer Semester website.

Students request Summer aid by completing and electronically signing the Summer Aid Application on Cyberbear, following the instructions, and noting deadlines on the form. 
Pell eligible students who submit the Summer 2020 Financial Aid Application will automatically be considered for the Federal Pell Grant eligibility for the summer.

The Federal and State guidance for student employment has been updating almost daily so the Financial Aid Office would like to share the most recent information. The Commission of Higher Education recently determined that the hiring freeze across the Montana University System does not apply to Work Study employment which is part of a student's financial aid offer. On and Off-campus employers may employ eligible students through the Work Study program. More information is available on the COVID FAQ under Student Employment.
(April 30, 2020)

Work Study Information:

Spring Work Study positions end on May 8, 2020. Students who have not been approved for a Summer Work Study position must stop work on May 8, 2020. Students who have been offered Summer Work Study pay begin their summer position as early as May 9, 2020.There are two types of Summer Work Study: In-school Summer Work Study, and Summer Work Study Only.

Types of Summer Work Study

The In-school Summer Work Study program is designed for students who plan to primarily take courses over the summer, working part time. To be considered for this program, a student must be enrolled for at least six credits during summer sessions.  The six credits may be obtained in one summer session or split between the two sessions. The student must also have filed their FAFSA for the current school year (2019-2020) and completed any requirements for consideration of an offer. The In-school Summer Work Study offer is typically $1,800 and students are limited to an average of 19 hrs per week during any session in which they are taking 6 or more credits.

The Summer Work Study Only program is designed for students who plan to primarily work during the summer, taking few if any classes. To be considered for the Summer Work Study Only program, a student does not need to be enrolled in credits.  However, the student is expected to enroll in classes for the following autumn semester (2020). 

Students taking summer classes may also apply for the larger Work Study Only award if they are taking no more than 5 credits and are enrolled for fall. The student must also have filed their FAFSA for the upcoming school year (2020-2021) and completed any requirements for consideration of an award. The In-school Summer Work Study offer is typically $1,800 and students are limited to 40 hrs per week and any time beyond that will be charged 100% to the employer.

Applying for Summer Work Study

Students request either type of summer work study by filling out a Summer Aid Application on Cyberbear, following the instructions, and noting deadlines on the form. 

After being approved for either type of summer work study, the student must submit a new work-study hire form for the summer. Summer Hire Forms may be requested on this page. At the end of the summer, the student will need to submit a new hire form for the academic year (only one form for fall and spring) if they have been awarded work-study for the school year. Once a student has been approved and has turned in a hire form, they may begin work as early as May 9th and must end by August 14th

It is the responsibility of the student and the employer to monitor and plan according to the student’s pay rate, scheduled hours, and work study offer amount. The offer amount represents the student’s total gross earnings, not the employer’s share of their earnings. If a student earns $9.50/ hr and has an offer of $4,000, they can only work ~421 hours (or 10.5 weeks) before their work study funding runs out.

Request a Work Study Hire Form

Summer Hire Forms may be requested on this page.

Federal Direct (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) Loans are available to students who have not already reached their annual loan limits prior to the summer semester. Students whose grade level has changed from freshmen to sophomore or from sophomore to junior by the start of the Summer Semester may also be eligible for additional Federal Direct Loans.

A dependent student’s parent may apply for a Federal PLUS Loan. The student must provide their parent contact information on the Summer Aid Application. The Financial Aid Office will contact that parent for approval that the parent is willing to borrow the Federal PLUS Loan.

Federal PLUS Loans are available to graduate students who have reached their annual loan limits for the Federal Direct Loan Program and need additional funding.

Students may apply for private student loans. The student would need to apply with a bank or lending agency and complete all their requirements. That agency will contact the Financial Aid Office for certification.

Your Rights and Responsibilities For Receiving Summer Financial Aid at The University of Montana

Explanation of Your Summer Financial Aid:

  • This offer is contingent upon the availability of funds and subject to change during the award period in accordance with federal regulations, institutional policy, and the accuracy of information provided by you.

  • Summer financial aid at The University of Montana is awarded based on any remaining aid eligibility a student has left from the preceding school year. If a student has exhausted their yearly maximums in federal aid (loans, grants, etc.) over the course of the regular academic year at any institution, there may not be any funding available for the summer term.

  • The amount of Federal Pell Grant listed on your summer award is your maximum remaining eligibility for the year. The actual amount you receive may be less and will depend on the number of credits for which you are enrolled for the summer terms.

  • Tuition waivers will always match tuition charges and an increase or decrease in credits will affect the actual value listed on your bill. Mandatory and optional fees are not covered with tuition waivers.

  • Federal Stafford loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) and Federal Plus loans are subject to origination fees. Enrollment in six credits is the minimum number of credits needed to qualify for a federal loan. If a student has not completed a Federal Direct Student Loan MPN and/or Loan Entrance Counseling, they must do so at: www.studentloans.gov.

  • Work Study is awarded for the summer enrollment period and may not be carried over into the following academic year.

Conditions for Receiving Summer Financial Aid at The University of Montana:

  • I understand that I must be making satisfactory academic progress in a course of study leading to a degree. I further understand that my financial aid will be canceled if I fail to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements. Information detailing your eligibility requirements is available online. (link to maintaining eligibility)

  • If I do not begin attendance in all classes, withdraw from a class or receive all failing grades, I understand (1) I may not have earned my federal aid and may owe a repayment, and (2) I may be ineligible for further aid.

  • I will inform the Financial Aid Office promptly of any other money I receive for educational purposes. Assistance that must be reported includes, but is not limited to: scholarships, Vocational Rehabilitation, Military Benefits, National Guard, Tribal Higher Education funding, residency status changes, and switching to a program at another campus.

  • Grant amounts are adjusted based on changes in enrollment status up until July 8th. This adjustment can occur after the grant has already been disbursed. Repayment of grant aid may be required if your credit load has dropped by that day. No changes are made to grant amounts after that day, even if you add credits.

Authorizations Given to The University of Montana:

  • I authorize The University of Montana to pay charges other than tuition, fees, room and board, that I may owe including, but not limited to library fines, medical insurance premiums, parking decals, and other costs that I have incurred or selected. This authorization is for the academic year and for charges up to $200 for the previous academic year.

  • I understand that I may cancel these authorizations by contacting the Financial Aid Office in writing at any time. I also understand that I am responsible for payment of any outstanding university charges before my financial aid will be released.

  • I understand my signature on the Summer 2020 Financial Aid Application certifies my acceptance of these authorizations and responsibilities.