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May and summer aid

May/summer financial aid includes May session and summer term(s). The financial aid year ends with summer term, which means that financial aid is often limited.

Steps to receive financial aid for May/summer session:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year (or make sure the University has it on file).
  • Register for course work in May session and/or summer term(s) combined.
    • You may be eligible for a federal Pell Grant if you enroll in only 1 credit
    • You may be eligible for a Minnesota State Grant if you enroll in least 3 credits of May/summer registration
    • You must enroll in a minimum of 6 credits to be eligible for Federal Direct Sub/Unsub and Parent PLUS loans

Once you've completed those steps, you will automatically be considered for all available May/summer funding. You will receive an email in mid-May when your financial aid are ready for your response. You may accept, reduce, or decline your aid through the My Finances tab of MyU.

Undergraduates with remaining eligibility

Undergraduates with remaining eligibility will be considered for the Minnesota State Grant, the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, and the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) loans. 

Private student loans

Students who are in need of additional funding may also consider private loan options.  

To be eligible for May/summer financial aid, you must: 

  • Be admitted to a degree granting program effective summer term at the University of Minnesota
    • Aid is not available if you are a non-admitted, non-degree, summer only, or visiting student
  • Be in good academic standing, according to financial aid satisfactory academic progress criteria
  • Meet all deadline dates
  • Complete May/summer term registration. Your aid may be revised based on your actual enrollment. If you withdraw or drop classes, your aid will be reviewed and may be revised.
  • Not have loans in excess of loan limits
  • Not be in default on any loan under Title IV programs at any institution
  • Not owe a refund on a grant

Each year, the University establishes standard student budgets that use cost of attendance (COA) estimates for offering May/summer financial aid funds. The COA includes tuition and fees, room and board expenses, books and supplies, transportation, and personal miscellaneous expenses. The budgets reflect typical "modest but adequate" expense patterns of University of Minnesota students.

Some students will spend more than the standard amount, while others will spend less. Eligibility for financial aid, however, will be based on the standard budget allowances, not on individual preferences and spending habits.

Figures vary according to your residency status and degree program. Your May/summer term COA is determined (and May/summer financial aid is offered) after you have registered for that term.

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Financial Aid

Sat, Oct 1, 2022 2023-2024 Specialty Scholarship Application Opens
Sat, Oct 1, 2022 2023-2024 FAFSA Opens
Mon, May 1, 2023 2023-2024 Specialty Scholarship Application Deadline