Important Dates for Summer Aid
The priority deadline to apply for Summer Financial Aid is May 1st
Submitting your Summer Financial Aid Application and FAFSA results to UA Little Rock by this date will enable you to be considered for Campus-Based Financial Aid such as the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and Federal Work Study (FWS) funds.
The preferred deadline to apply for Summer Financial Aid is May 1st
The following requirements must be satisfied by this date in order for your financial aid award eligibility to be determined prior to the payment deadline date(s) for the term:
- Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results; and
- All required financial aid and admission documents; and
- You must be fully admitted as a degree-seeking student
If you submit your Summer Financial Aid Request after May 1, you are not guaranteed to have financial aid awards in place prior to the summer payment deadline. If you do not meet this deadline, you will be responsible for making payment by the published payment date(s).
The final deadline to request Summer Financial Aid is July 15*
Your financial aid file must be complete by this date or you will not be eligible to receive financial aid funds for the summer term.
*June 30, 2020, is the final deadline to submit the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
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Processing of Summer Financial Aid Requests
- Requests for Summer Financial Aid are processed in date order.
- Summer Financial Aid Requests must be submitted by May 1 for priority consideration for Federal Work Study and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant funds.
- Summer Financial Aid Requests must be submitted by May 1 in order for the request to be processed and for aid eligibility to be determined by the summer payment deadline.
How to Request Summer Aid
- Complete the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- If you have already completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, you do not need to complete a new one. Log in to the UA Little Rock self-service system, BOSS, to verify whether we have received your FAFSA.
- The deadline to file the 2019-2020 FAFSA is June 30, 2020.
- UA Little Rock’s federal school code is 001101.
- This application uses information from your 2017 federal tax return.
- Submit a UA Little Rock online Summer Financial Aid Request.
- The Summer 2020 Financial Aid Request will be available as of Friday, April 17, 2020.
- You must be registered in classes for the 2020 summer term before you can submit the Summer Financial Aid Request.
General Eligibility Requirements
- Submitting a Summer Financial Aid Request does not guarantee eligibility for summer financial aid.
- You must be fully admitted to a degree program at UA Little Rock.
- You must make Satisfactory Academic Progress.
- You cannot be in default on a student loan nor owe a repayment to a federal grant.
- UA Little Rock must receive valid results from the 2019-2020 FAFSA.
- Submit the UA Little Rock online Summer Financial Aid Request. You must be registered in summer classes before you can submit a Summer Financial Aid Request.
- All required documents (tax forms, verification worksheet, etc.) must be complete. You can review the status of your documents online.
- 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.
- If you change your summer enrollment at any time after submitting your Summer Financial Aid Request, you must notify the Office of Financial Aid immediately. Any change in enrollment could affect aid eligibility.
Eligibility for Federal Student Loans during the summer term
- Loan funds received during the preceding fall and spring terms are used to calculate eligibility for summer loan funds.
- Federal loan eligibility is determined on an academic-year basis. If you receive the maximum annual loan amount during the fall and/or spring semesters, you will not be eligible for summer loans.
|Classification as of Summer 2019||Annual Loan Limit|
|Classification as of Summer 2019||Annual Loan Limit|
|*Junior/Senior limits apply only if the student is seeking a bachelor’s degree.
**The 20,500 annual loan limit applies to the Unsubsidized Loan program. Graduate students who have borrowed the maximum unsubsidized loan may request a Graduate PLUS Loan.
- Borrowing loan funds for summer may also affect your loan eligibility for the following fall and/or spring terms.
- If you have reached the aggregate loan limit for your academic level, you are ineligible for additional federal loan funds.
- You cannot be in default on a student loan or have borrowed in excess of student loan limits.
- You cannot receive loan funds until you are registered in the minimum number of hours that are required for half-time enrollment and you have begun class attendance.
Expanded Eligibility for Pell Grant Funds During the Summer Term – Year Round Pell Grant
- You may be eligible to receive a Pell Grant for Summer 2020 even if you received a full grant for fall and spring. Year-round Pell Grant allows eligible students to receive a third disbursement of funds for the summer term. If you need more money to attend classes this summer, this is a great option for you.
- If you are enrolled at least half-time during the summer term (a minimum of 6 hours) and are eligible for Pell Grant funds, you may qualify to receive a summer Pell award. Remember that any Pell Grant award you receive counts against your lifetime Pell limit of 600%, or the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters.
- If you are enrolled less than half-time during the summer term (5 hours or less) and you did not use all of your Pell Grant eligibility during the current academic year (Fall 2019-Spring 2020), you may qualify to receive a summer Pell award.
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 in 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.
- The amount of your summer Pell Grant eligibility is calculated daily throughout the summer term. Any change in your summer enrollment could result in the cancellation or reduction of your Pell Grant award, even after funds have been disbursed. You are encouraged to contact a financial aid advisor before deciding to drop a course or to withdraw from the term.
- You cannot receive loan funds until you are registered in the minimum number of hours that are required for half-time enrollment and you have begun attending classes.
- All summer loans must be disbursed in two equal payments.
- The scheduled dates for the first and second summer loan disbursement are May 26, 2020 and June 29, 2020.
- The actual dates that you will receive loan funds are determined by your summer registration and when you begin attending classes. Review the summer loan disbursement guide for more information.
- All charges must be paid in full before a refund can be issued to you.
- The amount of financial aid funds credited to your UA Little Rock student account must be greater than the charges due in order for a 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.
Summer Registration Requirements
- You must be registered in classes for the summer term before you are eligible to submit a Summer Financial Aid Request. Click here for more information about registering for the summer term.
- If you change your summer enrollment at any time after submitting your application, you must notify the Office of 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 are registered in the minimum number of hours that are required for half-time enrollment and you have begun attending classes. Remember that all summer loans must be disbursed in two equal payments.
- All charges must be paid in full before a refund can be issued to you. This means that you may not receive a refund check or direct deposit until July.
Summer Book and Food Vouchers
Book Vouchers – The maximum amount is $400.00 or the amount of your excess financial aid minus any food voucher amount, whichever is less.
Food Vouchers – The food voucher program is not available for Summer 2020.
You are not eligible for a voucher if the amount of your anticipated financial aid for the summer term is less than your balance due UA Little Rock.
- Your eligibility for a book or food voucher cannot be calculated until you have registered for the term. Changes to your registration can affect your voucher eligibility.
- If you will live on campus during the summer, your voucher eligibility cannot be calculated correctly until your summer housing charges have been posted to your UA Little Rock student account.
- You are not eligible for a voucher once a direct deposit or refund check has been created for the term and you have no remaining unpaid financial aid for the semester.
- Click here for more information about food and book vouchers.
Private Education Loans
Private education loans are sources of student financial assistance from a lender other than the U.S. Department of Education. We strongly encourage you to borrow all available federal student loans before applying for private loans.
- Eligibility for the loan is based on the applicant’s credit rating. A co-signer may be required.
- You may apply for a private education loan if you do not qualify for federal financial aid or if you need additional financial aid resources to meet the cost of attendance.
- UA Little Rock provides a historical list of lenders for private education loans. You may pursue a private education loan from any lender you choose.
- If you are a graduate student or a law student and you are eligible for federal financial aid, you should pursue a Federal Graduate PLUS Loan instead of a private loan.
- The total amount of aid received from all sources cannot exceed your summer cost of attendance.