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Summer Financial Aid

Apply for Summer Aid

To be eligible for summer aid, you must complete the FAFSA. UT’s federal school code is 003530.

Go to the FAFSA

The 2016-2017 FAFSA is the current financial aid application that must be completed for the summer 2017 semester. If you received aid during fall 2016/spring 2017, you already have a FAFSA on file for summer.

Viewing Your Eligibility

Once the FAFSA is complete and you have registered for classes, your financial aid eligibility for summer will be processed and viewable in MyUTK within two weeks.

For 2017: Your registration must be complete by May 15 and your summer loans accepted in MyUTK by May 22 to ensure processing by the payment due date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are frequently asked questions and answers about summer financial aid. You must meet these requirements to receive financial aid for summer school, including the HOPE Scholarship:

You must be enrolled in at least six credit hours to receive most forms of financial aid. Law students must be enrolled in three hours and graduate nursing students must be enrolled in five hours to be eligible for aid. Students who are determined to have summer Pell Grant eligibility can receive the grant if registered for at least one credit hour.

All students will be evaluated for Pell eligibility after they register for summer courses. If you were enrolled for full-time in fall and spring, you may have used all of your eligibility. If you were a part-time student or you have transferred to UT, you may have eligibility for summer. Students who are determined to have summer Pell Grant eligibility can receive the grant if registered for at least one credit hour.

All students who are eligible for HOPE will be awarded once they have registered for summer courses. Students who are Tennessee residents meeting the eligibility GPA and hours requirements will be awarded based on the number of hours they register to take in the summer. Students must be enrolled for at least six credit hours to be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. See the FAQs below for more information about using HOPE at another institution in the summer.

As a HOPE Scholarship recipient please note that hours attempted during summer session will count toward the 120 HOPE attempted hours maximum, even if you do not receive HOPE payment for those hours.

HOPE Scholarship payment for summer enrolled hours will be counted toward the 8 full time equivalent paid semesters.

HOPE Payments Summer Term
Students Starting Before Fall 2015 HOPE HOPE with GAM HOPE with Aspire
Full time (12 or more) = 1 $2,000 $2,500 $2,750
3/4 time (9-11) = 0.75 $1,500 $1,875 $2,062
1/2 time (6-8) = 0.5 $1,000 $1,250 $1,375
Students Starting After Fall 2015* HOPE HOPE with GAM HOPE with Aspire
Full time (12 or more) = 1 $1,750 $2,250 $2,500
3/4 time (9-11) = 0.75 $1,312 $1,687 $1,875
1/2 time (6-8) = 0.5 $875 $1,125 $1,250
*Freshmen and Sophomores
Students Starting after Fall 2015* HOPE HOPE with GAM HOPE with Aspire
Full time (12 or more) = 1 $2,250 $2,750 $3,000
3/4 time (9-11) = 0.75 $1,687 $2,062 $2,250
1/2 time (6-8) = 0.5 $1,125 $1,375 $1,500
*Juniors and Seniors

You will need to be enrolled in at least six credit hours to get loans. If you were enrolled for fall and spring, you may have used all of your Direct Loan eligibility for the year. Once you have registered for courses, we will determine if you have remaining eligibility. If you will change grade level at the end of the spring semester, then you may have additional eligibility to use for summer. If this applies to you, we will contact you after spring grades have posted and your increased grade level has been verified.

Dependent students and parents can apply for a PLUS loan on StudentLoans.gov. Graduate students can apply for a Grad PLUS loan at StudentLoans.gov. Any student can apply for an alternative loan with the lender of their choice. For assistance in selecting a lender to meet your needs, use our loan finder.

Excess financial aid disbursements for summer are standard for all students, including those enrolled in mini-term hours. We are unable to disburse excess aid prior to the date established in our calendar.

If you want to take classes somewhere other than UT, please view One Stop’s information about consortium agreements.

Students who are going on a study abroad program need to complete the Study Abroad Summer Request form. Here is more information on the Study Abroad program and the summer form.

Full-time enrollment in the summer is considered 12 credit hours for undergraduate students and 9 hours for graduate students. The number of credit hours from all sessions is combined to determine your enrollment status. Mini-term, first, full, and second session are considered in determining your status.

It is easy to cancel your summer aid. If you decide not to attend the summer term use your UT email address to email OneStop before the first day of class to cancel your summer aid. If you are already enrolled for summer, you must drop all courses in MyUTK prior to the first day of class to avoid charges on your account.

Any change in enrollment status can affect your aid for summer. Speak with a One Stop counselor before dropping any courses.If you drop courses after the first day of full/first session, you could be responsible for repaying financial aid to UT. You could also permanently lose the HOPE Scholarship. Once classes begin, HOPE Scholarship recipients should not drop courses or they may forfeit future HOPE eligibility.

Students who already have a bachelor’s degree may qualify for limited types of student loans. Non-degree students who are taking prerequisite courses to be admitted to a degree program at the University of Tennessee may be eligible for student loans, however a Non Degree Eligibility Appeal (found on the One Stop forms page) is required to determine eligibility.

UT Consortium Agreements

If you are taking classes at another institution in the summer, read about consortium agreement requirements to find out if you are eligible to receive financial aid to help cover those costs.

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