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Summer Financial Aid

Matriculated students planning to take courses over the summer at SUNY-ESF may be eligible for limited amounts and types of financial aid through the following programs:

  • Federal Direct Student and Parent Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Private Student Loans
  • Federal Pell Grants
Summer Planning

Students are highly encouraged to plan summer expenses prior to the end of the spring semester each year. Some students may have remaining unused aid available at that time, but no longer have that eligibility once the semester has ended. Only students meeting the minimum enrollment requirements can be considered for aid once the spring semester has ended.

Academic Year Structure

The summer term at SUNY-ESF is the “trailer” to the academic year. This means that aid amounts will be limited to funds remaining within the annual limits for each program that were not used during the preceding fall and spring semesters. Summer courses are offered in what are called “modules”, or segments which do not span the entire length of the full summer term.

Enrollment Requirements

In order to qualify for summer aid, students must meet minimum classroom-based enrollment requirements as follows:

Federal Direct Student and Parent Loans Half-Time (Typically 6 Credits)
Federal Perkins Loans Half-Time (Typically 6 Credits)
Private Student Loans Determined by Lender
Federal Pell Grant Less-Than-Half-Time

Note: Online courses are not eligible for financial aid and cannot be counted as part of a student's minimum enrollment.

Application Process

Students seeking financial aid for summer enrollment should submit a completed Summer Financial Aid Application to the Financial Aid Office by the listed deadline and must have a valid FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file.

Notification of Eligibility

Students will be notified of eligibility for federal aid sources with an amended financial aid package. Notifications of amendments are sent electronically to campus e-mail addresses and are viewable through the MyESF student portal. Students who are not eligible for federal aid will be notified either electronically or in writing. Students seeking funds from alternative student loans are responsible for working directly with the lender they have chosen.

Disbursement of Funds

Aid funds will only be disbursed to student accounts once the student has started enough courses in the summer to reach the minimum enrollment requirements.

Withdrawals and Return of Funds

Students who fail to begin each of their scheduled classes during the full summer term may be considered to have withdrawn from the term and could be required to return funds already received. This can occur in the following scenarios:

  • After starting summer classes, a student completely ceases attendance prior to the end of those classes.
  • Example: a student starts enrollment in two 3-credit courses in the first summer module, but stops attending those classes prior to the scheduled end date.
  • After starting and finishing some summer courses, a student drops a later scheduled course while not currently attending any classes.
  • Example: a student plans to take two 3-credit courses in the first summer module and one 3-credit course in the last summer module, with a break between the modules. The student completes the first two courses, and then drops the third course during the break.

In order to avoid complications in these scenarios, students are highly encouraged to do the following:

  • Make summer course changes only while still attending classes in the first module of planned attendance.
  • Avoid scheduling classes if there is any uncertainty that the student will actually enroll in those classes.

Contact Information

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
113 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 470-6706
(315) 470-4734 (Fax)

Important Codes

SUNY-ESF Federal School Code: 002851

 · Undergraduate-0950
 · Graduate-5555

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