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Summer Financial Aid 2020

We usually begin reviewing students for summer financial aid in mid-February. Once you have been reviewed, you will be notified of your potential aid eligibility to your MIX email (via your WVU Portal). See the Eligible for Summer Aid Review section below to see if you will be reviewed.

Submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your application for summer aid. A SEPARATE SUMMER APPLICATION FOR FINANCIAL AID IS NOT REQUIRED!

To save YOU time and effort, your eligibility for summer financial aid will automatically be reviewed if you meet the criteria listed below under Eligible for Summer Aid Review. You will receive a notification to your MIX email (via your WVU Portal).

Eligible for Summer Aid Review

You will "automatically" be reviewed for summer financial aid eligibility if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are registered at least half-time for summer classes (unless you are a Pell Grant-eligible student who did not use full-time Pell during fall and/or spring and may have remaining Pell eligibility for less than half-time enrollment).
  2. You have a valid 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted to WVU. Note: For students who have utilized all or most of their Federal Pell Grant during fall and spring, it may benefit them to submit both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 FAFSAs for potential summer Pell Grant consideration.
  3. You do not have any unsatisfied requirements on your account preventing a financial aid review.
  4. You are maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for financial aid eligibility.
  5. If you are seeking a degree from WVU but taking summer courses at another institution, complete the transient financial aid application process.
  6. If you are participating in a study abroad or exchange program for summer, see our Study Abroad page for more information.

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NOT Eligible for Summer Aid Review

  • No valid FAFSA on file for 2019-2020.
  • Enrolled less than half-time (unless you are a Pell Grant-eligible student who did not use full-time Pell during fall and/or spring)
  • You are a visiting or transient student from another institution (contact your home school regarding summer financial aid).
  • You are working on a certificate (not seeking a degree).
  • You are a non-degree student. Note: If the classes are required for acceptance into a degree-seeking program, you may be eligible. See our Non-Degree Student page for more information.

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Estimate Your Summer Cost of Attendance


Soon we will have Excel spreadsheets available that can help you estimate your cost of attendance for summer. Please note books, room and board (if living off-campus), transportation, and personal expenses are estimated indirect costs you may accrue during your summer enrollment. Only tuition and fees (and room/board if living on-campus) will show as charges to your student account for summer.

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Potential Summer Aid and Options

  • Summer Gift Aid: This is financial aid that usually does not need to be repaid (such as grants and scholarships).
  • Summer Borrowed Aid: This is financial aid that has to be repaid (loans). Please note that summer eligibility for Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loans depends on federal annual limits and the amount already borrowed during Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020. See below for the maximum annual limits.
  • Summer Federal Work-Study or Student Employment: These are part-time employment opportunities for students. These funds are earned as paychecks as students work throughout the semester and do not apply directly to students' institutional charges (bill) as payment.
  • Monthly Payment Plan: The monthly payment allows students to break a portion or all of their bill into monthly payments. See for more information.
  • Other Funding Options

Annual Direct Maximum Subsidized/Unsubsidized Eligibility
(Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and/or Summer 2020)

Check your Financial Aid Information via your WVU Portal to calculate if you have already borrowed your annual limit in federal student loans. If you borrow the annual amount during fall and spring, you would not have loan eligibility remaining for summer.

Level Dependent Independent
0 to 29 Earned Hours = Freshman $5,500 $9,500
30 to 59 Earned Hours = Sophomore $6,500 $10,500
60+ Earned Hours = Junior and Senior $7,500 $12,500
Graduate & Professional (excluding below) N/A $20,500
Level 9 Month Annual Limit 12 Month Annual Limit
Professional MD and DDS $40,500 $47,167
Professional Doctor of Pharmacy (last 2 years), Public Health & Health Administration (last 2 years) $33,000 $39,667

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Other Potential Resources to Finance Summer

  • Monthly payment plan: For more information or to sign up, visit
  • Vocational Rehabilitation: Contact your vocational rehabilitation counselor.
  • PA State Grant: Information can be found at
  • Promise Scholarship: See our Summer PROMISE page for more information.
  • External or departmental scholarships: Students should always continue seeking additional scholarship assistance.
  • Student employment: Students can seek on- or off-campus employment to help with indirect costs - such as supplies, personal, and transportation costs.

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