Summer Financial Aid

Summer financial aid is available for continuing students only.  Financial aid is available to undergraduate, credential, and graduates students, who have remaining eligibility from the current 2020-2021 academic year, have not exceeded their financial aid eligibility in the current academic year, and are enrolled in the minimum unit requirement (6 units minimum for most financial aid awards/programs).

Summer is a continuation of the academic year. Any remaining financial aid eligibility from fall and/or spring can be used for summer courses (i.e. Pell Grant, Federal loans, State University Grant). A student must be enrolled in a matriculated program for the 2020/2021 academic year and have a valid FAFSA or CDA application on file. No separate application is needed for summer financial aid, except for the Summer Loan Request form, if requesting a Summer Loan.

We will email students who potentially qualify for Summer Session Grant and State University Grant with instuctions. There is no separate application for these summer grant. 

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 WebsiteOpens in new window for information on session dates and registration appointments.

For the list of Summer Tuition and Fees visit Student Business Service's WebsiteOpens in new window .

Here are some 2021 Summer Session FAQsPDF File Opens in new window

Summer Grants

There is summer grant funding available to assist you in paying your summer fees. 

To qualify you must meet this main criteria:

  • 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).

  • You must demonstrate financial need based on your 2020/2021 expected family contribution (EFC).

  • You must be a California resident.

  • You must have a graduation date of summer 2021 or fall 2021.

  • You must have a 2020/2021 FAFSA OR California Dream Act Application on file annd have a zero expected family contribution (EFC).

 

Summer State University Grant (SUG)

  • In addition to meeting the main criteria listed above, these must also be met to be eligible for Summer SUG:

  • Be enrolled in a state-support program during the acadmeic year, taking state-support classes during the summer. Here is information on eligible programs. PDF File Opens in new window (Summer SUG is available to undergraduate, credential, and graduate students who meet all the eligibilty criteria.)

  • Must be enrolled in at least 6 units.

  • You must register for eligible classes by March 31, 2021, since funding is limited and awarded on a first-come basis.

  • Those who potentially qualify for summer SUG will receive an email from the Office of Financial Aid in mid-March with instructions. No separate application is necessary for this grant. 

  • Meet eligibility criteria listed here. Opens in new window

 

Summer Session Grant (SSG)

  • In addition to meeting the main criteria listed above, these must also be met to be eligible for SSG:

  • You must be a undergraduate senior with a graduation date of summer 2021 or fall 2021.

  • Have a 0 EFC

  • You must register for summer classes by March 31, 2021.

  • You must be a state-support, matriculated, undergraduate student enrolled as a senior, taking self-support classes in the summer. (Summer Session Grant is 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 in the academic year)

  • 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.

  • Those who potentially qualify for SSG will receive an email from the Office of Financial Aid by mid-March with further instructions. No need for a separate application for this grant.

  • Should there be remaining funding, eligible students who received the email and enrolled in less than 6 units may be considered for a prorated amount of SSG; priority will be given to eligible, graduating seniors enrolled in at least 6 units. Students who were awarded SSG for 6 units, but drop to less will receive a prorated amount.

Final summer registration fees will be posted when available on the Student Business Services website under Fee InformationOpens 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 a partial Federal Pell Grant in fall 2020 and/or spring 2021 (enrolled and paid at less than full-time for fall and/or spring) you may have remaining 2020/2021 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.

If you are an undergraduate or a teaching credential candidate* who received your full Federal Pell Grant in fall 2020  spring 2021, and have not exhausted your 6 years of full-time Pell payment eligibility, you may have remaining 2020/2021 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.

 

Note: You must be enrolled in at least 6 units for Pell payment if you received full-time payment for fall and spring.

*Teaching credential candidates must be enrolled in at least 6 units of teaching credential courses. See list of Pell eligible teaching credential courses here.PDF File Opens in new window  Prerequisite 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 2021 enrollment. In light of this, you will be responsible for fee payment should you decide to enroll in summer courses.

Federal Direct Loan

If you did not borrow the annual federal loan limit for your grade level in 2020/2021, you may have Federal Direct 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 2020/spring 2021 loan instead of a summer loan, if you have remaining academic year loan eligibility. Please note: the deadline for applying for an academic year loan is April 30, 2021. 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 2020/spring 2021 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 Grant

If you are interested in receiving a grant for summer 2021 to assist with your registration fees, no additional application is required.

For eligibility criteria of grants, see the sections above.

 

For Summer Session Grant (SSG) and summer State University Grant (SUG), you will receive an email from the Office of Financial Aid if you potentially qualify, by mid-March, and you must register for summer classes by March 31, 2021. Funds will be awarded 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.  If you have not registered by March 31, 2021, 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. Should there be remaining SSG funding, eligible students who received the email and enrolled in less than 6 units may be considered for a prorated amount of SSG; priority will go to eligible, graduating seniors enrolled in at least 6  units.  Students who were awarded SSG for 6 units, but drop to less will receive a prorated amount.

 

To be considered for these summer grants:

  1. You must have a valid 2020/2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at Cal State Fullerton and your financial aid file must be complete.

  2. YourSatisfactory Academic ProgressOpens in new window status must be acceptable.

  3. Enroll in a minimum of 6 units for summer. For course offerings, refer to the Summer 2021 Class ScheduleOpens in new window

 

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.

Summer Loans

If you are interested in applying for a student loan for summer 2021, you will need to submit a Summer Loan RequestOpens in new window form, listed under the 20-21 General forms, to the Office of Financial Aid, which will determine if you have any remaining eligibility for summer 2021. You must be using Adobe Reader 6.0 or higherOpens in new window for the form to print properly. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Complete and sign the application, this can be don eelctronically. 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, by mail, fax (see contact informationOpens in new window ), or through the Electronic Document Submission PlatformOpens in new window

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 April 26, 2021 if they would like to have their loan processed and awarded prior to the first summer disenrollment on May 3, 2021 . 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 2020/2021 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 ProgressOpens in new window status must be acceptable.
  3. Enroll in a minimum of 6 units for summer. For course offerings, refer to the Summer 2021 Class ScheduleOpens in new window .

 Please visit our Parent Opens in new window or Graduate Opens in new window 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 be eligible for a Summer Session Grant (SSG) or summer State University Grant (SUG), you must enroll in at least 6 eligible units, received an email from the Office of Financial Aid for potential eligibility, and register for summer classes by March 31, 2021.   See SSG and summer SUG sections above for a list of leigible classes and criteria. Should there be remaining SSG funding, eligible students who received the email and enrolled in less than 6 units may be considered for a prorated amount of SSG; priority will go to eligible, graduating seniors enrolled in at least 6  units.  Students who were awarded SSG for 6 units, but drop to less will receive a prorated amount. SUG requires a minimun 6 units of enrollment. 

  • 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. For a list of Pell eligible credential courses, see Pell section above. Prerequisite 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 Session Grant: Although you do not need to apply for a summer grant - you will be notified via campus email if you are eligible for SSG - you must register in at least 6 units of summer coursework by March 31, 2021 Should there be remaining SSG funding, eligible students who received the email and enrolled in less than 6 units may be considered for a prorated amount of SSG; priority will go to eligible, graduating seniors enrolled in at least 6  units.  Students who were awarded SSG for 6 units, but drop to less will receive a prorated amount.

  • Summer State Univeristy Grant: Although you do not need to apply for a summer grant -  you will be notified via campus email if you are eligible for SUG   you must register for at least 6 units by March 31, 2021, since awarding is on a first-come basis; but you must enroll in eligible classes and meet SUG criteria. See SUG section above. Funds are limited, so this will be awarded until funds are exhausted.

  • 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, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some FAQs about Summer Financial AidPDF File Opens in new window  to help provide you with some information. 

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 2021 Class ScheduleOpens in new window .

  • Partial Withdrawal: If you receive financial aid for summer 2021 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 2021 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)Opens in new window . 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.