Summer Aid

Students who register for summer courses and wish to receive financial aid are required to fulfill the criteria listed below to be eligible.

  • File the 2019-2020 FAFSA before June 30, 2020.
  • When registering for the summer term, select "Financial Aid" as the payment option in Testudo.

Requirements
  • At least half-time summer enrollment (6 undergraduate credits or 24 graduate units) is required for Direct Loans. Audited courses are not included in this calculation.
  • If you drop courses at any time during the summer sessions, your aid may be adjusted and you may receive a bill.
  • Private loans may be available to students enrolled less than half-time.
  • You must meet satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for financial aid; for questions review our Satisfactory Academic Progress page.
Pell Grant Information
  • The Office of Student Financial Aid will automatically determine your Pell Grant eligibility based on the information provided on your FAFSA. No additional action steps are required.
  • Based on your eligibility for the Pell Grant, your summer aid offer could be equal to one semester’s worth of aid.
  • If you plan on graduating in August 2020 or December 2020, it may be beneficial to file the 2020-2021 FAFSA if you have not done so already, as we may use either FAFSA to determine your Pell Grant eligibility for Summer 2020. Please let us know that you intend to graduate in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 by emailing umdfinaid@umd.edu with a subject line of "Summer 2020 Financial Aid".
Direct Loan Information
  • Direct Loan eligibility for the summer term is calculated based on any unused loans that are remaining from the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Undergraduate Students
    • Parents can apply for the PLUS loan by completing the application online at Studentloans.gov.
  • Graduate Students
    • The Graduate PLUS loan application can be submitted by accepting the loan that is available in your FinAid account. Once you log in with your Directory ID/Password, select the "Financial Aid Offer" tab.
Federal Work-Study (FWS)
  • Please apply for a summer 2020 FWS offer through the Federal Work-Study Summer Request Form.
  • FWS summer aid review will begin mid-March. Students will receive an email regarding the outcome of their FWS aid application. Once you've received your work-study offer, and after your have secured an FWS job, please log in to Testudo to:
    • accept your work-study offer, and
    • submit the Summer FWS Work Authorization form, found in the To Do section of the portal.