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Summer Financial Aid Information

The summer eligibility process has ended for Summer 2017. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, please contact our office.


How We Determine Summer Eligibility

  • The summer process begins when enrollment for summer courses starts (around Spring Break). At that point, students answer a summer enrollment plans question that will appear on my.okstate.edu. Detailed instructions for finding and answering the summer question will be available here once summer enrollment begins.
  • Summer eligibility is determined using the results of the current-year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and your summer enrollment plans. If your enrollment requires more than 4 weeks of attendance, you may contact our office to discuss additional opportunities, if any, for funding.
  • Undergraduates must enroll in at least 6 summer hours* to be considered for Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized loans or for their parent to borrow through the Parent (PLUS) Loan. Undergraduates enrolled in less than 6 hours* may qualify for Pell Grant or Oklahoma's Promise (or TEACH, if the student otherwise qualifies for TEACH). 
  • Graduate students must enroll in at least 2 hours* to be considered for Federal Direct Unsubsidized or Graduate PLUS loans. Graduate TEACH recipients must enroll in at least 1 hour to be considered for a summer TEACH Grant.
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress: All students must meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards when eligibility is determined and when aid is scheduled to be disbursed. Summer academic performance can impact future semester eligibility.
  • Award Limits: Federal annual and aggregate (lifetime) award limits are always considered when we determine your eligibility.

*All courses must count toward degree requirements to be included for financial aid eligibility.


Types of Assistance

  • Federal Pell Grant: Students who were enrolled full-time (12+ hours) in the previous fall and spring semesters have typically used 100% of the year's Pell Grant eligibility. Students who haven't used 100% of their eligibility and who meet all eligibility criteria will receive a summer Pell Grant .
  • Oklahoma's Promise: Recipients who haven't exceeded the five-year limit and who meet the program's academic progress requirements should answer the Summer Enrollment Plans question on my.okstate.edu when it becomes available once summer enrollment begins. Recipients will receive Oklahoma's Promise funding for tuition (not fees).
  • Cowboy Covenant: There is no Cowboy Covenant funding for summer terms.
  • Undergraduate Tuition Waiver Scholarships: The only undergraduate tuition scholarships available during the summer term are Oklahoma State Regents Academic Scholars Tuition Scholarship, the Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver and the OSU-Tulsa Educating Educators Tuition Waiver. 
  • Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Student Loans: Students who haven't exceeded the annual and aggregate (lifetime) loan limits will be considered for funding in the Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan programs. Undergraduates must enroll in 6 or more hours* for both Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan consideration. Graduate students must enroll in 2 or more hours* for Unsubsidized Loan consideration. Students must also answer the Summer Enrollment Plans question on my.okstate.edu once summer enrollment begins.
  • Direct Parent (PLUS) Loan: Parent borrowers complete a new application for the summer term at studentloans.gov. Students must also answer the Summer Enrollment Plans question on my.okstate.edu once summer enrollment begins and be enrolled in 6 or more hours* for the parent to be considered for the Parent PLUS Loan.
  • Graduate PLUS Loan: Graduate students enrolled in 2 or more hours* and who have already borrowed the annual or aggregate Unsubsidized maximum may qualify for the Graduate PLUS Loan. Borrowers complete the Graduate PLUS application at studentloans.gov and answer the Summer Enrollment Plans question on my.okstate.edu once summer enrollment begins.

*All courses must count toward degree requirements to be included for financial aid eligibility.


Other Important Information

  • Change in enrollment plans after answering the Summer Enrollment Plans question: You can only answer the Summer Enrollment Plans question on my.okstate.edu once. If your total hours enrolled for summer change after answering the summer question on my.okstate.edu, a summer update form will be available on this page.
  • Travel courses: If you plan to enroll in a travel course* (e.g., Summer in London), you must also notify us of your specific enrollment plans. You can do this in writing or by email. Be sure to include your name, OSU Banner ID, course name, course number and dates the course begins and ends.
  • NOC/TCC Courses: If you are an OSU student taking courses* through NOC (including Cowboy Mall) or TCC, contact your OSU academic advisor to complete the consortium process. If you are pursuing your degree through NOC or are enrolled in the NOC Gateway Program, contact the NOC Financial Aid Office in Tonkawa for information. If you are pursuing your degree through TCC, contact the TCC Financial Aid Office for summer aid information.
  • Private loans: If you plan to borrow through a private lender, you must answer the Summer Enrollment Plans question on my.okstate.edu once summer enrollment begins and apply for the loan through the lender.

*All courses must count toward degree requirements to be included for financial aid eligibility.