Summer 2016 Aid Application Available Now

It is important to plan early and take advantage of the payment plans available for summer classes at Rutgers, because financial aid for the summer is limited. Review all of the information below to be sure you are eligible to apply for summer aid.



RBHS students: please follow the regular application process for summer aid.

Eligibility Requirements

A 2015-2016 FAFSA must be completed to be considered for summer aid (some graduate students will require a 2016-2017 FAFSA).

Students must also be matriculated (seeking a degree).

Making academic progress

Students applying for summer aid will be held to the standards of the academic progress policy. Your summer aid is contingent upon meeting satisfactory academic progress, or the requirements of your academic plan, if applicable. Academic progress will be measured after spring grades are posted. If you fail to meet academic progress, or the requirements of your plan, your summer aid will be cancelled.

Enrollment Status

Undergraduates and RBS students (both undergraduate and graduate) must be enrolled for at least 6 summer credits to receive Federal Direct Stafford Loans or a Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Graduate and Law students must be enrolled for at least 3 summer credits to receive Federal Direct Stafford Loans or a Graduate PLUS Loan. Changes in attendance or receipt of other aid may result in the reduction or cancellation of your loans.

Summer Enrollment Status

UndergraduateGraduate
Full-time12 or more credits6 or more credits
Three-quarters time9-11.5 creditsN/A
Half-time6-8.5 credits3-5.5 credits
Less than Half-time5.5 or less credits2.5 or less credits

Graduate students
If admitted to the following programs which begin in the summer 2016, you must file a 2016-2017 FAFSA and complete a summer aid application before we can process your Federal Direct Stafford Loan for the summer: Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Social Work, Professional Accounting Program, MACCY Program, Camden Law, and Camden Graduate School.

Rutgers Business School students
Students enrolling in the Summer 2016 Professional Accounting Program or the Masters in Accountancy in Financial Accounting (MACCY) Program, please contact the Newark Office of Financial Aid once you have filed the 2016-2017 FAFSA.

Federal Direct Stafford Loan Eligibility for Undergraduates and Graduates

Have you already received the maximum amount allowed for your class level this year? To find out, view your 2015-2016 Award Letter online. The annual loan limits for Federal Direct Stafford Loans are listed below.

Class level (academic year 15-16)DependentIndependent (and dependent students whose parent is unable to obtain a PLUS loan)
0-24 credits (First-year)$5,500$9,500
25-48 credits (Sophomore)$6,500$10,500
49 or more credits (Junior/Senior)$7,500$12,500
Graduate$20,500

Federal Pell Grant for Eligible Undergraduates

If you were enrolled less than full-time during the 2015-2016 academic year or did not enroll for the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 semester and you received a Federal Pell Grant, you may apply for the remaining portion of your Federal Pell Grant for the summer. The amount you receive depends upon on the number of credits for which you are registered and your remaining eligibility. Changes in attendance can result in the reduction or cancellation of your Pell Grant.

Additional Funding Sources

For additional funding sources for summer, please review PLUS or Graduate PLUS or other private loan options. Be sure to use loan period 05/31/2016 – 08/17/16 when completing a private loan application. Tuition payment plans are also available for summer.