You may be eligible to receive financial aid to offset summer course costs.

In March 2024 updates on the Summer Financial Aid process and form will be available.

Summer ProcessImportant Dates
Summer RegistrationMarch 2024
Summer Financial Aid Application AvailableTBD
Financial Aid Notifications Begin*TBD
Add / Drop Course Deadlines**See the Graduate, Online & Professional Studies (GPS) Website

*From the date of your Summer Financial Aid Application is submitted, please allow a minimum of 2 weeks for processing. Notifications will be sent after that date.

**Current students must be enrolled in Summer 2024 courses to be reviewed for summer financial aid. If a course is dropped prior to the end of the add/drop period, the student is not financially responsible for the course.

Summer Aid Requirements

In order to be considered for summer financial aid, you must:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment into a degree-granting or approved certificate program. Students enrolled in non-degree programs are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward your degree. Students who are not meeting financial aid SAP and those who are academically suspended or dismissed are not eligible to receive aid.
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits for federal loan eligibility. Undergraduate students may also be considered for Federal Pell Grant eligibility and the UMass Lowell Summer Scholarship at less than 6 credits.
  • Meet the basic eligibility requirements for financial aid.
  • Must be enrolled in Summer 2024 courses.

Apply For Summer Aid

To apply for summer financial aid, you must:

  • Complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA and submit all requested documents by June 30, 2024.
  • Complete the UMass Lowell Summer 2024 Summer Financial Aid application when it becomes available.

Summer Aid Programs

  • UMASS Lowell Summer Scholarship - Available to undergraduate students seeking a degree or certificate. Scholarship eligibility is determined by a student's demonstrated financial need and requires the UMass Lowell Summer Aid Application to be completed.  The average scholarship award is $250.00 per course and requires a minimum enrollment of 3 credits for the Summer 2024 semester. 
  • Federal Pell Grant - Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell award each year. If a student was a Pell Grant eligible student in the Fall and/or Spring semester, they may qualify for a Pell Grant for the following summer if they are enrolled at least half-time.
  • Federal Direct Student Loans - Available to degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in at least 6 credits who have not exceeded their annual limit in the current academic year, including the prior fall and spring semesters. UMass Lowell Summer Aid Application is required.
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans - Available to parents of degree-seeking undergraduate students and to degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in at least 6 credits. Federal Direct PLUS Loan Application must be completed directly with the government.
  • Private Loan Programs – Students are strongly encouraged to apply for federal financial aid first. Apply directly with the private lenders.

Summer Aid Disbursements

Summer Financial Aid will be disbursed on or after session I add/drop. Please be aware that if your eligibility for financial aid depends upon your summer session II enrollment, disbursements will be held until after the summer session II add/drop period.

For example: if you are enrolled in 3 credits in session I and 3 credits in session II, your loan will not be disbursed until session II add/drop periods ends because federal loans require a minimum of 6 credits.

Common Reasons for Summer Aid Ineligibility

  • You have received your maximum annual loan amount during the prior Fall and Spring semesters. You can review annual loan limits for your grade level.
  • You have reached the maximum lifetime loan limit for an undergraduate or graduate student.
  • You are enrolled in less than six credits for Summer. In order to be reviewed for federal direct loans, you must be enrolled in at least six credits.
  • You are not in the EFC range for Federal Pell Grant eligibility.
  • You have reached your maximum lifetime Pell Grant limit.
  • You are not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) after the Spring semester. Review the SAP guidelines.
  • Current students must be enrolled for the Summer 2024 semester prior to receiving a summer financial aid award.

Read the Summer Aid Frequently Asked Questions