Summer Session Financial Aid

Students who are enrolled at least half-time in the summer may receive any Federal Direct Loans eligibility they have remaining (unused) from the academic year. The Financial Aid Office at Saint Mary's College defines our academic year as consisting of the fall, spring and summer semesters.  As an example, dependent freshmen may borrow a maximum of $5,500 in Direct Student Loans during the academic year. If a freshman only borrowed $3,500 during the fall and spring semesters she would be able to receive her remaining $2,000 in the summer, provided she met all other eligibility requirements.

Students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant may receive any Pell Grant funds they have remaining (unused) from the prior academic year. Typically the only students who have remaining Pell funds are students who were not enrolled full time during the academic year or students who were not enrolled in college during both the fall and spring semesters. 

Institutional aid, such as Saint Mary’s merit scholarships, need based grants and scholarships, or tuition exchange, is generally not available to students attending summer school.  An exception to this is eligibility for the tuition remission programs for children of employees. Children of Saint Mary’s faculty and staff should contact the Saint Mary’s Human Resources Office to determine their eligibility for summer, and children of Notre Dame faculty and staff should contact the Notre Dame Human Resources Office to determine their eligibility for summer tuition remission.