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Financial Aid

Summer Financial Aid

Important Dates for Summer Aid

  • The priority deadline to apply for Summer Financial Aid is May 1
  • The final deadline to apply for Summer Financial Aid is June 30

Summer Application Processing

Summer Applications are processed in date order. Summer financial aid applications must be submitted by May 1st in order for the application to be processed and for aid eligibility to be determined by the summer payment deadline.

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General Eligibility Requirements

  • Submitting a summer application does not guarantee eligibility for summer financial aid.
  • Students must be fully admitted to a degree program at UALR.
  • Students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress .
  • Students cannot be in default on a student loan or owe a repayment to a federal grant.

UALR must have received valid results from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before we can determine summer aid eligibility. To apply for Summer 2014, you should complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA. This application uses information from your 2012 federal tax return.

NOTE: The deadline to file the 2013-2014 FAFSA is June 30, 2014.

The UALR on-line summer aid application (boss.ualr.edu) is also required in order to apply for summer financial aid. You must be registered in classes for the summer term before you can submit a Summer Application.

You must have submitted all required documents (tax forms, verification worksheet, etc.) to UALR before you can receive summer financial aid. You can review the status of your required documents at boss.ualr.edu

Additional financial assistance from any source will affect federal aid eligibility. Failure to report other sources of aid may result in the required repayment of federal financial aid funds.

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Eligibility for Federal Student Loans during the summer term


Loan funds received during the preceding fall and spring terms will determine eligibility for summer loan funds. Federal loan eligibility is determined on an academic-year basis. If you receive the maximum loan amount(s) during the fall and/or spring semesters, you will not be eligible for summer loans. Note: Borrowing loan funds for summer may also affect your loan eligibility for the following fall and/or spring terms. Federal loan recipients cannot be in default on a student loan or have borrowed in excess of student loan limits. Students who have reached the aggregate loan limit for their level are ineligible for additional federal loan funds.

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Eligibility for Pell Grant funds during the summer term


Students may qualify to receive Pell Grant funds if they were enrolled less than full time during the fall and/or spring semesters and did not use all of their Pell Grant eligibility during the current academic year.

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Summer Disbursement of Funds

Your Federal Pell Grant funds will not be paid until you begin attending classes in the minimum number of hours that are required. For example, a full-time Pell Grant requires 12 hours of enrollment. If you enroll in 6 hours for the Summer 2 session (classes begin May) and 6 hours in the Summer 4 session (classes begin in July), you will receive the half-time Pell Grant amount when you begin attending Summer 2 classes in May. You will not receive any additional Pell Grant funds until you begin attending Summer 4 classes in July. If you drop classes or change your enrollment before the Summer 4 session begins, your Pell Grant award will be revised accordingly.

You cannot receive loan funds until you begin attending classes in the minimum number of hours that are required for half-time enrollment. For example, if you are an undergraduate student, and you enroll in 3 hours for the Summer 2 session (classes begin in May) and 3 hours in the Summer 4 session (classes begin in July) you will not receive any loan funds until the Summer 4 session begins in July.

All summer loans must be disbursed in two equal payments. The dates for the first and second disbursement are determined by the student’s actual enrollment in the part(s) of the summer term and when the student begins half-time attendance. More information about summer loan disbursements is available.

All charges must be paid in full before any funds are released to the student. The amount of financial aid funds credited to your account must be greater than the charges due in order for refund check to be created. If the amount of aid credited to your student account does not exceed your charges until July, you will not receive a refund check or direct deposit until July.

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Summer Registration Requirements

You must be registered in classes for the summer term before you are eligible to submit a summer application. For more information about registering for the summer go to boss.ualr.edu.

If you change your summer enrollment after submitting your application, you must notify the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid immediately. Any change in enrollment could affect aid eligibility.

You must be enrolled at least half-time in order to be eligible for a student loan.

You cannot receive loan funds until you begin attending classes in the minimum number of hours that are required for half-time enrollment . For example, if you are an undergraduate student, and you enroll in 3 hours for the Summer 2 session (classes begin in May) and 3 hours in the Summer 4 session (classes begin in July) you will not receive any loan funds until the Summer 4 session begins in July. Please note that all charges must be paid in full before any funds are released to the student. In the example listed above, you would not receive a refund check or direct deposit until July.

If you change your summer enrollment after submitting your application, you must notify the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid immediately. Any change in enrollment could affect aid eligibility.

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How to Apply for Summer Aid

Complete the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application uses information from your 2012 federal tax return, and is available at fafsa.gov). The deadline to file the 2013-2014 FAFSA is June 30, 2014. If you have already completed a 2013-2014 FAFSA, you do not need to complete a new one. To verify whether UALR has received your FAFSA: boss.ualr.edu

The UALR on-line summer aid application is also required in order to apply for summer financial aid.

You must be registered in classes for the 2014 summer term before you can submit a Summer Application.

  • Log on to the UALR BOSS system: UALR BOSS System
  • Click on Secure Login
  • Enter your UALR ID number (Your “T” number) and your PIN and click on Login
  • Review Important Dates and click on Click here to continue. . .
  • Click on “Financial Aid”
  • Click on “Summer 2014 Financial Aid Application”
  • Follow the instructions for submitting a summer financial aid application

The priority deadline to apply for Summer Financial Aid is May 1, 2014

The final deadline to apply for Summer Financial Aid is June 30, 2014

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Private Education Loans

We strongly encourage you to use all available federal student loans before using private loans. Private education loans are sources of student financial assistance from a lender other than the U.S. Department of Education. Eligibility for the loan is based on the applicant’s credit rating. A co-signer may be required. Students may apply for a private education loan if they do not qualify for federal financial aid or if they need additional financial aid resources to meet the cost of attendance. UALR provides a historical list of lenders for private education loans.

Note: The total amount of aid received from all sources cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance.

Graduate and Law School students should pursue a Federal Graduate PLUS loan instead of a private loan.

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Updated 3.13.2014