Summer Financial Aid

Financial Aid Requests for Summer Session

If you received financial aid at SSU for Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021, you may be eligible for a Pell Grant and/or Direct Loan for enrollment in SSU’s Summer Session. To be considered for summer financial aid you must be enrolled. Please visit the School of Extended and International Education's Summer Session webpage for more information regarding enrollment.

Pell Grant Recipients Taking Six (6) or More Units in Summer Session

If you received a Pell Grant in Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021, you might qualify for additional Pell Grant for enrollment in six (6) or more units in Summer Session, even if you were a full-time student in Fall and Spring. We will send an email notice to your SSU email account if you enroll in six (6) or more units and appear to qualify for additional Pell Grant funding. Keep in mind that you might exhaust your Lifetime Eligibility for the Pell Grant if you accept funding in Summer.

Pell Grant Recipients Taking Less Than Six (6) Units in Summer Session

If you received a Pell Grant in Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 for less than full-time attendance, you might qualify for Pell Grant for taking only one class in Summer Session. Because this funding would be the unused portion of your 2020-2021 Lifetime Eligibility, we will automatically award the remaining Pell Grant funds to you when you are enrolled. We will notify you of the summer award by email to your SSU email account.

Pell Grant Disbursements

Pell Grant disbursements are determined by the number of units a student is enrolled in at the time of disbursement. If you are enrolled in a future summer session that has not started yet, your Pell Grant will increase based on your enrollment level at the start of that future session. More information on Pell Grant adjustments can be found on the Enrollment page of our website.

Please note students cannot receive more than 150% of Pell Grant in an academic year. Once you reach this total any additional enrollment will not increase your Pell Grant eligibility.

Direct Loans or PLUS (Parent) Loans for Students Taking Six (6) or More Units in Summer Session

If you did not borrow your entire 2020-2021 maximum Direct Loan eligibility during Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021, you may request the remaining portion for enrollment in six (6) or more units during Summer. If your parent was eligible for the PLUS (Parent) Loan for 2020-2021, they may request additional PLUS Loan funds for your enrollment in six (6) or more units during Summer.

Parents who wish to borrow a Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) for Summer 2021 will use the Apply for a Parent PLUS Loan page at studentaid.gov.

How to Request Financial Aid for Summer Session

Pell Grant recipients enrolled in at least one class will automatically be evaluated for remaining 2020-2021 Pell Grant eligibility.

Students enrolled in six (6) or more units that want to use their remaining Direct Student Loan or additional Pell Grant must email finaid@sonoma.edu or call 707-664-2389 for a 2020-21 Summer Financial Aid Request form.