Summer Aid

Students enrolling in at least six credits for the summer 2015 semester who submit their 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than June 30th, 2015, may be eligible for federal and institutional summer aid.  At The University of Montana the Summer 2015 Semester is considered part of the 2014-2015 academic year.  Session dates and deadlines may be found at the Summer Semester website.

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To apply for Summer Semester financial aid, please submit the Summer 2015 Financial Aid Application.  This form usually is available in early March when summer class registration begins. Students who submit a Summer 2015 Financial Aid Application must read the Rights and Responsibilities. You must have filed a 2014-2015 FAFSA to be considered for summer aid, however it is recomended that you also complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA application to receive the maximum aid available to you.
Students who submit the Summer 2015 Financial Aid Application will automatically be considered for the Federal Pell Grant if they have not already reached the annual maximum. Students who attend 12 or more credits both Autumn and Spring will likely not have remaining eligibility for the summer.

Two Summer Work Study Programs are available:

  • In-school Work Study is a program for students who are enrolled in classes and who want work study as part of an aid package to support tuition and living expenses.  Submit the Summer 2015 Federal Aid Application to apply for In-School Work Study.

  • The Work Study Only program is for continuing students who only want work study aid and are not enrolled in summer classes. Students must submit the 2015 Work Study Only Application, generally available mid-January 2015, to apply for the Work Study Only program.

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 2015 Federal 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 2015 Financial Aid Application certifies my acceptance of these authorizations and responsibilities.