Financial Aid for Summer Courses

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Limited financial aid is available for summer courses, and students are encouraged to plan early and to take advantage of the payment plans available for summer classes.

Carefully review the information below to be sure you are eligible to apply for summer aid.

Applications for summer aid will be available April 2020.


To be eligible for financial aid in the summer, a FAFSA must be completed for the prior academic year. Some graduate students will also need to submit a FAFSA for the upcoming academic year. Students must also be matriculated (seeking a degree) and cannot be conditionally readmitted.

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.


Undergraduates and RBS students (both undergraduate and graduate) must be enrolled for at least 6 summer credits to receive federal direct loans or a parent PLUS loan for undergraduate students. Graduate and law students must be enrolled for at least 3 summer credits to receive federal direct loans or a graduate PLUS loan.

 UndergraduateGraduate/Law SchoolRutgers Business School (Newark)
Full-time12 or more credits6 or more credits12 or more credits
Three-quarters time9-11.5 creditsN/A9-11.5 credits
Half-time6-8.5 credits3-5.5 credits6-8.5 credits
Less than half-time5.5 or less credits2.5 or less credits5.5 or less credits

Federal Direct 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 Rutgers Financial Offer Letter online. Review the annual loan limits for federal direct loans as well.

Federal Pell Grant for Eligible Undergraduates

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. Tuition payment plans are also available for summer.

What affects summer aid?

Changes in attendance or the receipt of other aid may result in the reduction or cancellation of your loans.