Summer Financial Aid

Summer is considered a non-standard term. Consequently, UNLV Financial Aid & Scholarships will determine your eligibility for summer financial aid after a manual review of your 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the financial aid programs you used during the fall of 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.

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If you are a degree-seeking student interested in taking courses during the summer terms, please complete a 2021 Summer Financial Aid Form. Complete this form in its entirety and submit it through the Self-Service Help Center by the date below that matches your earliest session of enrollment.

Summer 1:

April 23, 2021

Summer 2:

May 14, 2021

Summer 3:

June 18, 2021

Meeting this date ensures that you will receive your summer financial aid eligibility notification by the payment deadline. All forms received after the appropriate date will still be accepted and reviewed, but financial aid may not be in place before payment is due.

Loans

Many students utilize the total value of their financial aid eligibility during the fall and spring semesters, which means a student may not have any remaining financial aid eligibility for the summer. For example:

  • A student is a senior and received a $5,500 federal subsidized loan for the school year. $2,750 was disbursed to the student in the fall semester, and $2,750 was disbursed to the student in the spring semester. The U.S. Department of Education will allow a school to only disburse up to $5,500 in a subsidized loan to a senior for the entire academic year. Since the student used the full eligibility for the federal subsidized loan for the fall and spring semesters, there is no remaining federal subsidized loan eligibility for the summer term.

If you have not used all your Federal Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Student Loan eligibility during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, you must be enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours for undergraduate students or 5 credit hours for graduate students) to be considered for these federal student loans.

Private Loans

If you are interested in receiving a private loan, complete the 2021 Summer Private Loan and Updates Form. Complete this form in its entirety and submit it through the Self-Service Help Center by the date listed above that matches your earliest session of enrollment. The Summer Private Loan and Updates Form is subject to the same priority deadlines as the Summer Form for Financial Aid.

Adhering to the priority deadline ensures that the UNLV Financial Aid & Scholarships Office will review your application, and you will receive notification of your summer financial aid eligibility before the payment deadline. All forms received after the appropriate date will still be accepted and reviewed, but financial aid may not be in place before payment is due.

Direct PLUS Loans

If you are interested in receiving a Direct PLUS Loan, apply online using the summer term dates of May 2021 – August 2021.

Please ensure that you complete the Master Promissory Note, Loan Counseling, and/or an endorser addendum as appropriate for your Direct PLUS Loan application and credit check. The Direct PLUS Loan is subject to the same priority deadlines as the Summer Form for Financial Aid. 

Adhering to the priority deadline ensures that the UNLV Financial Aid & Scholarships Office will review your Direct PLUS Loan request, and you will receive notification of your summer financial aid eligibility before the payment deadline.

Millennium Scholarship

If you're eligible for the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship Program during the summer term, the Nevada Treasurer's Office will not credit your summer Millennium Scholarship to your MyUNLV account until the end of October 2021, in accordance with program scholarship rules. You're responsible for paying the amount listed on your student account by the tuition and fees deadline.

Summer PELL Grants

To be eligible for the additional summer Pell Grant award, you must meet the program requirements and enroll in at least 6 credits. The Pell Grant award is based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA.

  • Awards will vary based on EFC
  • Awards are prorated based on credits enrolled
  • Aggregate lifetime award cannot exceed 600% (6 years or 12 semesters of full-time enrollment)
  • You must have a 2020-2021 FAFSA application on file to be considered for summer 2021 financial aid.
How do I know how much Summer Pell I would be eligible for?

The easiest way to estimate your Summer Pell Grant eligibility is to first look at your spring 2021 Pell Grant award. If you were enrolled full-time for spring 2021, you would have received 50% of your eligibility. For summer 2021, you will be eligible for half of your spring 2021 disbursement if you are enrolled in 6 credits.

In the example below, an undergraduate student who has received 50% of their Pell Grant in fall 2020 and 50% of their Pell Grant in spring 2021 will have used 100% of their scheduled Pell Grant award. If the student enrolls in summer 2021, they may qualify for the additional Pell Grant award if they meet the program eligibility requirements and are enrolled in at least 6 credits.

Note: The example below shows the EFC is $0, and the student is enrolled in 6 credits.
Semester Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Total
Enrolled Credits 12 credits 12 credits 6 credits  
% of Pell Used 50% 50% 25% 125%
Award Amount $3173 $3172 $1585