Summer Financial Aid Application Policy
Summer 2021 applications will be available here April 1, 2021. Application deadline is July 16, 2021.
An application is required for ALL financial aid programs. IMPORTANT: Financial aid for summer is very limited. Funds will be awarded based on demonstrated need until funds are exhausted. This may include Federal Work Study. See the sections below on Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Stafford Loan.
Your application will be considered according to the date the application is COMPLETE in the Office of Financial Aid. If you received financial aid during the Academic Year at EIU, this application is all that is necessary for your summer aid to be processed. If you did not receive financial aid at EIU during the Academic Year, you must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), list EIU as one of the school choices to receive the results, and provide all federally required documentation, as well as provide any additional information requested by this office.
Federal Pell Grant
If you were eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant during the Academic Year you may have remaining eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant for summer. The amount you will receive for summer will depend upon your hours enrolled.
For 2020-2021, if you received your full-time Pell award fall and spring, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours to receive the additional Pell award.
A hold will be placed on year-round Pell disbursements until the Last Day to Withdraw from a Full Term Course or the University for Summer 2021 - July 2, 2021. If you are no longer enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours on or before this date, your Federal Pell Grant will be cancelled if you are receiving the additional scheduled year-round Pell award. Please contact our office if you have questions regarding your usage and eligibility.
Federal Direct Student Loans
If you were eligible to receive a Federal Direct Loan (subsidized/unsubsidized) during the Academic Year, and you did not borrow the maximum loan amount for your academic grade classification, you may be eligible to receive a Federal Direct Loan for summer. Or, if your academic grade class level increased at the end of Spring Semester, you may be eligible. YOU MUST ENROLL IN A MINIMUM OF 6 HOURS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A DIRECT LOAN.
You will not be offered summer Federal Work-Study unless you are enrolled for a minimum of 6 hours and your enrollment is for at least 6 weeks, if you qualify and sufficient funds are available.
The Eastern Illinois University Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website is your best reference for all types of financial aid available. This site lists State scholarships and grants, University and Foundation awards, Federal aid, and loans. Each listing explains application qualifications and where to apply. For financial aid purposes, 12 credit hours is considered full-time status even during the summer term. YOU MUST ENROLL IN A MINIMUM OF 6 HOURS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A DIRECT LOAN.
In order to be considered for financial aid, a graduate student must be accepted as fully admitted into a graduate degree program or be enrolled in a program resulting in teacher certification. For financial aid purposes, 9 credit hours is considered full-time status for graduate students. YOU MUST ENROLL IN A MINIMUM OF 6 HOURS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A DIRECT LOAN.
School of Continuing Education Students
Students who enroll in one or more Continuing Education (CE) classes are eligible to apply for the same State and Federal financial aid as students enrolled in on-campus classes.
Students enrolled in 9 or more hours on campus are automatically billed for student health insurance. Students enrolled in CE classes pay lower fees and do not pay for student insurance. If you are enrolled 8 hours on campus and 1 hour CE in a semester, you are not covered by student insurance. Also, since the drop/ withdrawal time restraints and policies differ from on campus, award calculation and financial aid disbursement policies must be different for CE students.
For those Continuing Education students enrolled in Sponsored Credit Classes, the Sponsored Credit hours cannot be considered when determining dollar amounts of tuition waivers and scholarships. This includes the Illinois Veterans Grant and Illinois National Guard. Cost recovery classes cannot be considered when determining dollar amounts of waivers. This includes faculty-led study abroad programs.
If a semester of studying in a foreign country for credit at EIU is a possibility for you, it is important that you notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships of your intentions. Once you meet with the Study Abroad Coordinator and begin to formulate your study abroad plans, you should contact our office to complete the budget worksheet and ensure all requirements are met and your financial aid is established before you leave the country.
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