Summer Aid

Finding financial aid for summer classes

As a rule, you’re not typically required to take summer classes. However, you may need to in order to graduate on time. If you receive the O’Bannon Grant or are in the 21st Century Scholars Program, you need to complete a certain number of credit hours each year to maintain your eligibility for those awards.

If you do enroll in summer classes, we’ll evaluate you for financial aid. To be considered for summer aid, you must have filed your FAFSA and meet general eligibility requirements along with these additional requirements:

  • You must be enrolled in a minimum number of credit hours:
    • Undergraduates: At least six hours (with the exception of Federal Pell Grants as explained on this page)
    • Graduate students: At least four hours
  • You must be making satisfactory academic progress
  • You’ll need to have completed any financial aid items on your To Do List in One.IU

Different loan and grant programs may have additional requirements.


You may be able to borrow a Federal Direct Loan unless you’ve already borrowed the maximum allowed for the academic year. Other summer aid could include:

  • Federal Parent PLUS Loans
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loans
  • Private loans

Learn more about loans

Pell Grants

Each award year, eligible students may receive up to three full-time semesters of Federal Pell grant funding. If you’re an undergraduate student who received a less-than-full-time Pell Grant during the academic year, you may be eligible for one in the summer. If so, you’ll automatically receive an award.

Pell Grants can be awarded to qualified undergraduates who are taking fewer than 6 credit hours.

Learn more about Pell grants

Grants for children of veterans or public stafety officers

If you qualify for the Child of Veteran and Public Safety Officer Supplemental Grant Program (CVO) and have a valid FAFSA and a valid CVO program application on file, your summer registration will prompt us to apply this fee remission to your student account. Check your status or submit your CVO documentation through your ScholarTrack account.

Note that you’re limited to 124 total CVO hours.

Get more information about deadlines for these grants