What type of financial aid is available for Summer courses?
The UNH Financial Aid Office awards Summer Work-Study, Pell Grant and Direct Loan funds. Parents and graduate students also can apply for a federally insured PLUS loan. Students can apply for private alternative loans.
Can I receive financial aid from UNH if I am a non-degree student?
Non-degree students are not eligible for federal aid from UNH (Work-Study,, Pell Grant or Direct Loan). You can, however, apply for an alternative loan. The Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan is for less than half-time and non-degree students. Apply online with the lender and submit the Request for Summer Aid (found in WEBCAT in mid-March; click the financial aid tab, complete and submit).
Do I need to file an application for Summer financial aid?
Yes. You must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. Additionally, you need to fill out a Request for Summer Aid; this form can be found in WEBCAT once summer course registration is available, click on Financial Aid tab, complete and submit.
Do I need to be enrolled in coursework during the Summer to qualify for summer aid?
You must be a degree candidate to be considered for Work-Study, Pell Grant or a Direct Loan and enrolled at least half-time to receive a Direct Loan or a PLUS loan (six credits for undergraduates, five credits for graduate students). An alternative loan may be available for those who will be enrolled less than half-time.
You do not need to be enrolled in coursework to be considered for the summer work-study program. However, you do need to be enrolled at least half-time during the coming Fall semester.
How do I apply for financial aid for Summer classes?
- Fill out the Request for Summer Aid once summer course registration is available. If you are going to be at least half-time you can borrow from your Direct Loan eligibility (generally one-third of your yearly maximum) but it will reduce what is available for the fall and spring semesters. If you are not going to be attending half-time or you need more than your Direct Loan allows, you can borrow from an alternative loan. You will still need to complete the Request for Summer Aid application.
- Check your WEBCAT account for any outstanding requirements needed to process your financial aid (summer is considered part of the next academic year). Check Aid Status
- Once you receive an email from us regarding your summer loan/grant eligibility, you may register online, using your award towards the cost of your classes. If your summer bill is more than your summer loan/summer Pell Grant, you are responsible for the difference at the time of registration.
Participation in January Term can have an affect on a student's academic year financial aid or full-or part-time status at UNH. For example, a student who earns four credits during January Term and eight credits during the UNH spring semester is considered a full-time student.
Financial aid may be used if you have a credit from fall or spring packages. If you use a portion of your spring semester financial aid package and subsequently do not enroll in the spring semester, you are liable for any January Term course charges.