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Finding financial aid for summer classes

If you need summer classes to graduate or maintain your eligibility for awards, you may qualify for summer financial aid.

Need to register for a summer class? 

It’s a lot like the steps you take fall and spring semester.

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How does summer financial aid work? 

When you enroll in summer classes, we’ll evaluate your eligibility for financial aid. To be considered, 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:
    • Undergraduate students: At least six hours (except for Federal Pell Grants)
    • Graduate students: At least four hours
  • You must be making satisfactory academic progress
  • You must be enrolled in a degree program or eligible certificate program
  • 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.

Forms of summer aid


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

Grants and scholarships

Pell Grants

Each award year, eligible students may receive up to three full-time semesters of Federal Pell Grant funding. We’ll review your Pell Grant eligibility once you've enrolled in summer classes. In most cases, if you received a Pell Grant during the academic year and are enrolled in at least six credit hours you’ll receive a grant for the summer.

If you’re a qualified undergraduate taking fewer than six credit hours, you may be awarded a Pell Grant if you received a less-than-full-time Pell Grant during the academic year.

Grants for children of veterans or public safety 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.

Frank O’Bannon Grants and 21st Century Scholarships

If you received a Frank O’Bannon Grant or 21st Century Scholarship during the fall or spring semesters, you may be eligible to receive one during the summer. If you completed 30 credits in the fall and spring, you can apply for Indiana’s Fast Track Award through ScholarTrack. You must be enrolled in at least six credit hours to be eligible.

IU Indianapolis

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Campus Center, Room 250
420 University Blvd

Indianapolis, IN 46202