Summer Financial Aid

Summer financial aid is available for continuing students only.

Summer costs vary based on enrolled units, which may span over multiple sessions. Sessions have different course lengths. Please visit Cal State Fullerton's Summer Website Opens in new window for information on session dates and registration appointments.

For the list of Summer Tuition and Fees visit Student Financial Service's Website Opens in new window .

Types of Financial Aid for Summer

Summer Grants

A limited amount of summer grant funding is available to assist you in paying your summer fees. 
To qualify, you:

  1. You must have a 2017/2018 FAFSA OR Dream Act Application on file.
  2. You must be a California resident.
  3. You must demonstrate financial need based on your 2017/2018 expected family contribution (EFC).
  4. You must register for summer classes by April 14, 2018.
  5. You must not be receiving funds from another source to pay your fees (e.g., Cal Vet fee waiver, scholarships specifically designated for fee payment).
  6. You must be a state-support, matriculated, undergraduate student enrolled as a senior. (Summer grants are not available for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, graduate degrees, credentials, second bachelor's degrees, unclassified post-baccalaureate students, or students enrolled in self-support degree programs)
  7. You must enroll in a minimum of 6 units for summer. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Final summer registration fees will be posted when available on the Student Financial Services website under Fee Information Opens in new window . Due to limited funds, not all students who meet the above criteria for a summer grant may receive it. You will be responsible for paying any remaining balance of tuition and/or campus fees, regardless of whether or not you receive a summer grant award.

Federal Pell Grant

If you are an undergraduate or a teaching credential candidate* who received your Federal Pell Grant in fall 2017 and/or spring 2018, but did not receive a full-time payment for one or both terms, you may have remaining 2017/2018 Pell Grant available for summer. When you enroll in summer courses, we will automatically check to see if you have remaining Pell Grant available to assist with your summer expenses. If so, we will award your remaining Pell Grant and disburse the funds to you before the end of the last summer session.

*Teaching credential candidates must be enrolled in at least 6 units of teaching credential courses. Prerequisite Opens in new window or 'waiver' courses are not included in calculating your enrolled units for purposes of the Federal Pell Grant program.

Remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility cannot be determined prior to summer 2018 enrollment. In light of this, you will be responsible for fee payment should you decide to enroll in summer courses.

Federal Stafford Loan

If you did not borrow the annual federal loan limit for your grade level in 2017/2018, you may have Federal Stafford Loan eligibility available to be used for summer. A Financial Aid Representative is available to assist you in determining your loan eligibility.

In some cases, we may recommend you apply for additional fall 2017/spring 2018 loan instead of a summer loan. Please note: the deadline for applying for an academic year loan is May 1, 2018. This will occur if you have unmet need for fall/spring.

The advantages to taking additional academic year loan over a summer loan are: 

  1. You have the flexibility to receive the additional academic year loan funds now which would allow you to pay for summer registration fees at the time of registration. This would increase the likelihood of you being able to register for the summer classes you need.
  2. Your eligibility to receive the loan funds will be based on your fall 2017/spring 2018 enrollment status being at least half-time (the equivalent of 6 units). Therefore, the 6 unit enrollment requirement for summer will not apply, offering you greater flexibility to take fewer than 6 units in the summer term and still receive assistance.

If you do not qualify for additional academic year loan, you may qualify for a summer loan. However, a loan processed for summer will be processed only after we verify that you have enrolled in a minimum of 6 units for summer. Disbursement will occur approximately 10 business days after we forward your loan request to the Department of Education, but not earlier than the first day of your first summer class. 

APPLY FOR SUMMER FINANCIAL AID

Summer Grants

If you are interested in receiving a grant for summer 2018 to assist with your registration fees, no application is required, however, you must register for summer classes by April 14, 2018. The Office of Financial Aid will notify summer grant eligible students via campus email and will award funds on a first-come, first-served basis as funding permits. Due to limited funds, not all students who meet the criteria for a summer grant may receive it. Summer grant eligible students that are notified of their potential eligibility via campus email will have met the following criteria:

  1. You must have a valid 2017/2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OR 2017/2018 Dream Act Application on file at CSUF and your financial aid file must be complete.
  2. You must demonstrate financial need based on your 2017/2018 expected family contribution (EFC).
  3. Your Satisfactory Academic Progress status must be acceptable.
  4. You are a matriculated senior enrolled in a state support program for your first undergraduate degree.
  5. You are enrolled in at least 6 units for summer. For course offerings, refer to the Summer 2018 Class Schedule.

As mentioned above, if you are eligible for a summer grant you will receive an email notifying you of your potential eligibility . If you have not registered by April 14, 2018, you will no longer be eligible for a summer grant. Upon your enrollment in at least 6 units, you will be evaluated for an actual summer grant award on a first-come, first-served basis. If for any reason, your financial aid has not disbursed by the fourth week of school or is not sufficient to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, you will ultimately be responsible for paying your tuition fees.

For more information about summer grants or the Federal Pell Grant, please refer to the above section "Types of Financial Aid for Summer".

Summer Loans

If you are interested in applying for a student loan for summer 2018, you will need to submit a Summer Loan Request form to the Office of Financial Aid, which will determine if you have any remaining eligibility for summer 2018. You must be using Adobe Reader 6.0 or higher Opens in new window for the form to print properly. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Complete and sign the application. Do not forget to enter your campus-wide ID with no dashes or spaces in the box provided on the top of the form.
  2. Submit your application to our office in person or by mail.

IMPORTANT: If you wish to borrow a loan, please complete the Summer Loan Request form and return it to the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible. If for any reason, your financial aid has not disbursed by the fourth week of school or is not sufficient to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, you will ultimately be responsible for paying your tuition fees. If it is determined that you are eligible to receive summer loan funds and you have already paid your summer tuition fees, a credit will be issued to your account after the summer loan has been processed.

Students need to submit the summer loan request form by May 1, 2018 if they would like to have their loan processed and awarded prior to the first summer disenrollment on May 21, 2018 . The first disbursement for summer will not be until the first week of June.

To be considered for a summer loan:

  1. You must have a valid 2017/2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at Cal State Fullerton and your financial aid file must be complete.
  2. Your Satisfactory Academic Progress status must be acceptable.
  3. Enroll in a minimum of 6 units for summer. For course offerings, refer to the Summer 2018 Class Schedule Opens in new window .

 

Please visit our Parent or Graduate Plus loan web page on instruction to complete a plus loan request.

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS TO RECEIVE SUMMER AID

The summer enrollment requirements vary by financial aid program and sometimes by degree objective as follows:

  • To receive a summer grant, you must enroll in at least 6 units and register for summer classes by April 14, 2018.
  • To receive a loan, you must enroll in at least 6 units.
    • Graduate Master's Degree students must be enrolled in the equivalent of 6 units of courses numbered 500 or higher (lower division courses do not earn unit credit and, therefore, do not meet the enrollment requirement).
  • For undergraduates or teaching credential students who did not receive the full Pell payment for fall and spring, the enrollment requirement is based on your Expected Family Contribution number (EFC).
    • Teaching credential students: To receive a Federal Pell Grant, you must be classified as a 'PBC' (post-baccalaureate credential) student by the CSUF Office of Admissions. In addition, you must be enrolled in at least 6 units of teaching credential courses. Prerequisite Opens in new window or 'waiver' courses are not included in calculating your enrolled units for purposes of the Federal Pell Grant program.

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR SUMMER AID

  • Summer Grants: Although you do not need to apply for a summer grant - you will be notified via campus email if you are eligible - you must register in at least 6 units of summer coursework by April 14, 2018 .
  • Pell Grant: There is no deadline; we will automatically award you by the end of the summer if you have unused fall and/or spring eligibility and enroll in summer courses.
  • Stafford Loan: The deadline for requesting a summer loan is July 16, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are Summer Awards Determined?

  1. The Office of Financial Aid will notify summer grant eligible students via campus email and will award funds on a first-come, first-served basis as funding permits to assist with registration fees. Due to limited funds, not all students who meet the criteria for a summer grant may receive it. Students who receive the email must register by April 14, 2018 to be considered. For specific information on summer grant criteria, see above.
  2. We will automatically award you a summer Pell Grant if you have remaining eligibility and disburse the funds to you before the end of the last summer session.
  3. We will consider you for a summer loan only if you submit a Summer Loan Request form PDF File and enroll in 6 units. 

How Will I Be Notified of My Summer Awards?

Once we have determined your summer eligibility, we will send you an email notification if you are eligible for a summer grant to assist with your registration fees. The email will be instructing you on the steps you need to take to be considered for an award. If you are Pell eligible, you will receive an award revision email by the end of the summer directing you to your Student Center to view the amounts. We will consider you for a summer loan only if you submit a Summer Loan Request form PDF File and enroll in 6 units.

Be sure to review the Terms and Conditions for information on maintaining your summer aid eligibility.

How Will I Pay My Registration Fees?

You are responsible for paying your summer registration fees. If your financial aid funds are not disbursed for any reason, you will be billed for payment and a hold may be placed on your fall registration until your summer fees are paid.

When you register for summer classes, you will be advised of your account balance, if any, and the date by which you must pay your balance.

If summer financial aid has been established for you and your award fully covers your fees:

  • You will not need to make a payment and will not be dropped from your classes;
  • Your fees will be paid automatically when your financial aid is disbursed beginning on the first week of the first summer session, provided you meet all of the requirements to receive a payment;
  • If you have any remaining Pell grant eligibility, you will be notified and disbursed the funds by the end of the last summer session.

If your summer financial aid award is not sufficient to pay your full fees, you are responsible for paying the remaining balance.

  • A hold may be placed on your fall registration until your balance is paid.

If your financial aid eligibility has not yet been determined at the time you register, you are responsible for paying your registration fees by the due date specified on your account.

  • Failure to pay your fees by the specified due date may result in your disenrollment and/or a hold may be placed on your fall registration. 

How & When Will Financial Aid Disburse?

Disbursements for summer will begin the first week of summer session classes and continue weekly throughout the summer. In most cases, summer aid will be paid at the beginning of your first summer course. If you have any funds remaining after your summer registration fees have been paid by your financial aid, then a balance check or direct deposit will be issued to you. 

What Happens If I Withdraw From A Class?

Before you drop a summer class, read the refund and withdrawal policies in the Summer 2018 Class Schedule Opens in new window .

  • Partial Withdrawal: If you receive financial aid for summer 2018 and you drop one or more classes but not all classes before the end of the session, you may be billed and required to repay part or all of the funds you received.
  • Full Withdrawal: If you receive financial aid for summer 2018 and you withdraw from all courses before the 60% point of the session(s) you are enrolled in, we will calculate the portion of financial aid you "earned" based on the number of days you attended. You may be billed for any unearned financial aid you received. 

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?

To maintain eligibility for financial aid, you must demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). This means you must complete the courses in which you enroll. Additionally, you must earn a passing grade (A, B, C, D, CR) in each course and meet the GPA requirement. SAP is monitored at the end of each spring semester.