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Summer Financial Aid

Taking Summer Classes?

Ohio University has summer classes available to meet your needs. Check out all of the available summer session options.

Students interested in taking summer semester classes may be eligible to receive federal and state financial aid, including grants and loans. Summer semester begins the financial aid year at Ohio University. Summer students who have received their Financial Aid Offers can view their aid in their MyOHIO Student Center(opens in a new window). If your financial aid doesn't include summer, the first step is to register for summer classes. Once you are registered, you can email financial.aid@ohio.edu to request your aid be applied over summer, fall, and spring semester, if applicable.

  • Summer 2024 Financial Aid Timeline

    The submission and processing of the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid have been impaired by significant delays.

    These delays will not affect your eligibility for aid, but they have impacted the disbursement of aid and timing of offers. OHIO will be flexible with students and families and provide options, ensuring students will not be financially penalized due to a delay in financial aid. Please take note of timeline changes and answers to frequently asked questions.

    We're happy to talk with you and your family more about any questions you have. Please reach out to us at 740.593.4141 or financial.aid@ohio.edu

Summer Aid Advances

Disbursement of aid was initially delayed, but as of May 22, all aid that is ready to disburse is now being applied toward summer changes daily, except for Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG). Students who have non-grant funds that haven't disbursed should visit MyOHIO Student Center To Do List to view outstanding requirements. Refunds are being issued daily for students who have other aid that exceeds summer semester charges. Students with pending Pell and SEOG, who have an urgent need for funding, may be considered for a Summer Aid Advance. Students must be registered for the required number of credit hours and have a refund for summer semester expected from their Pell or SEOG funds. This advance can be considered for the amount of Pell and SEOG expected to be disbursed up to a maximum of $1,000. To request this advance, download the Summer Aid Advance form and follow the submission instructions on the form. 
 

Summer Aid Advance Form (PDF)

Summer Fees OHIO began to assess summer tuition and fees April 25. They can be viewed in your MyOHIO Student Center or the Authorized User Portal.
Financial Aid Offers OHIO began sending Financial Aid Offers the week of April 28; however the timing of some aid offers will be dependent on our receiving reprocessed FAFSA records from the U.S. Department of Education.
Balance Due Summer semester balances are due May 21. Pending financial aid for summer may be subtracted from the balance due.

Questions About Summer 2024 Aid

What are some options for paying my summer fee balance from Ohio University while my financial aid is pending?

Students can enroll in the monthly payment plan for summer at no cost. In addition, no late fees will be assessed for summer semester balances at least through June. Ohio University also will not place course registration holds through the end of June for unpaid summer semester balances.

Will I be charged late fees if my financial aid has not been disbursed when OHIO's fee balance is due?

No late fees will be assessed for summer semester balances at least through June. Ohio University also will not place registration holds through the end of June for unpaid summer semester balances.

What if I need my financial aid refund to pay for non-Ohio University expenses, such as rent?

Disbursement of Federal Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) remains delayed. Students with pending Pell and SEOG, who have an urgent need for funding, may be considered for a Summer Aid Advance. Students must be registered for the required number of credit hours and have a refund for summer semester expected from their Pell or SEOG funds. This advance can be considered for the amount of Pell and SEOG expected to be disbursed up to a maximum of $1,000. To request this advance, download the Summer Aid Advance form and follow the submission instructions on the form.

You can also contact your financial aid advisor to discuss additional options, including official letters to landlords verifying pending financial aid disbursement.

Should I drop my classes before the last day to cancel registration for summer semester if I haven't received my financial aid offer?

Before dropping your classes, contact your financial aid advisor to discuss your options, including official letters to landlords verifying pending financial aid disbursement and advances on financial aid refunds.

 

Types of Aid and Eligibility

  • Institutional Scholarships – Ohio University scholarships, including those in the OHIO Excellence Award Program, cannot be received in the summer, in most cases. If you are graduating after summer or fall semester, you can email financial.aid@ohio.edu to request consideration for an exception.
  • Outside Agency Scholarships – Scholarships from other organizations that are $1000 or less are applied toward fall semester only. Those scholarships greater than $1000 are applied toward fall and spring, unless otherwise indicated by the agency. To receive an outside scholarships during the summer, a letter from the agency specifying summer semester, can be sent to financial.aid@ohio.edu or Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Ohio University, 020 Chubb Hall, Athens, OH 45701
  • Federal Pell Grant and Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) – These grant programs offer additional funds for summer semester enrollment. Students can receive the Federal Pell Grant for up to twelve full-time semesters (or part-time equivalents). Students can receive OCOG for up to ten full-time semesters (or part-time equivalents). Receiving Pell Grant or OCOG funding for summer will cause you to reach the lifetime limit of those programs sooner than only receiving funds in fall and spring semesters.
  • Federal Work-Study (FWS) – Students may be eligible to work all or part of the summer semester through FWS. To determine your eligibility, your FWS supervisor must email financial.aid.employment@ohio.edu and request additional FWS funds for summer employment. Students who are enrolled for summer semester, may work up to 25 hours per week based on your eligibility for funding. Students may be considered for FWS employment during summer semester even if they aren’t enrolled in classes. Students who are eligible for FWS funds for summer and who aren’t enrolled, may work up to 28 hours per week. 
  • Federal Direct Loans – Subsidized and unsubsidized student loans are awarded to students based on their academic level and their dependency status from the FAFSA.
 DependentIndependent
Freshman$5,500$9,500
Sophomore$6,500$10,500
Junior/Senior$7,500$12,500
GraduateN/A$20,500

These loan amounts can be divided over summer, fall, and spring semesters. No additional amount is awarded to students choosing to enroll in the summer semester. Federal Direct PLUS and Graduate PLUS Loans can include summer semester and can be increased to accommodate additional summer semester costs pending credit approval.

  • Private Loans – Private loans can include summer semester and can be increased to accommodate additional summer semester costs pending credit approval.

We recommend that students regularly review Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loan balances. You can view the amount of Pell Grants you have received and how much eligibility you have remaining in that program. You should also review the amount of Federal Direct Loans you have borrowed. We suggest students only borrow the amount necessary to fund required educational expenses.