Around the summer months a popular financial aid topic for many college students is, if financial aid for summer classes is available, and/or how to go about receiving financial aid for summer courses? A common misconception for some students new to the college financial aid process, is that they must file an additional FAFSA for summer, however when it comes to submitting FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to receive federal financial aid, students only need to file a FAFSA once per academic school year. There is not a need, nor an option to file a FAFSA for financial aid for summer classes.
When students receive their federal financial aid award package from FAFSA for a given academic year, that is the amount they are awarded for that full particular academic school year. Should a student decide to enroll in summer classes, their federal financial aid award will not increase. In certain instances, some schools may set aside financial aid for summer classes (or summer semester), but be aware that often times the schools financial aid for summer classes is limited.
If you are in need of financial aid for summer classes, the first thing you will want to do is contact your schools financial aid office or department, and ask about their financial aid options for summer classes. If you know in advance that you will need to take summer classes, you will want to contact your schools financial aid department as soon as possible. There may be additional financial aid forms you will need to file with the school, if they do offer financial aid for summer classes.