Summer Aid
Summer Aid

» Summer Financial Aid

Summer financial aid is limited and only available to students who are studying at Chapman University during the summer sessions. Institutional scholarships, state and institutional grants, and Federal Work-Study are not available during summer. In order to be considered for summer financial aid, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.

Summer Pell Grant – If you are eligible for the Pell Grant in the fall and spring semesters, you may be eligible to receive an additional Pell Grant in the summer. You must maintain enrollment in at least 6 credits during summer. If you receive a Pell Grant in the summer, please note that those funds will not disburse until we have received confirmation from the Registrar that you are active in 6 credits of enrollment.

Federal Direct Student Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans – If you will be enrolled in at least 6 credits for the summer term(s) and did not utilize your full eligibility of Federal Direct subsidized and/or unsubsidized loans, you can utilize those loans during the summer.

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan – If you will be enrolled in at least 6 credits for the summer term(s), please check with the Financial Aid Office to assess any additional PLUS loan eligibility to help cover your summer costs. Parents also have the option to apply for a new summer PLUS Loan at studentaid.gov.

Private Loans – If you are not enrolled in at least 6 credits, or you've already exhausted the other options outlined above, you can apply for a private student loan to cover your remaining balance.

Summer Satisfactory Academic Progress

If you enroll in summer sessions, you are expected to complete all the credits you attempt during summer school in addition to the credits required for the fall and spring semesters (minimum of 24 credits). Summer credits are not included in the 24 credit requirement for fall and spring semesters. For instance, if you take 6 credits in the summer and 15 credits in the fall and spring semesters, you would be expected to complete at least 30 credits (the 6 credits in the summer, plus the 24 credits expected of a full-time student for fall and spring semesters).

Steps to Receiving Summer Financial Aid


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Step 1: Complete a FAFSA

Summer is considered a trailer term to the spring semester, therefore, you will need to have a FAFSA completed for the prior academic year in order to be considered for financial aid.

DREAM Act Application funding is not available for summer sessions.

Step 2: Complete a Summer Financial Aid Application

Applications for summer aid are posted on our website under the forms section. The application will become available in March. To maximize your eligibility for summer aid, you will need to submit the Summer Financial Aid Form by April 15th. If you submit your form after April 15th, aid may be limited. Please review the 'Available Summer Financial Aid' section on this page to understand what aid can be utilized during summer sessions.

Step 3: Ensure You are Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

After spring semester grades are submitted, you will be notified if you are not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress for the prior academic year. If you are not meeting SAP, you may submit an SAP Appeal Form. You can review our SAP policies and appeal form in the forms section of our website.

Step 4: Apply for Loans

If you or your parent is borrowing a loan during the summer, you may need to complete additional applications and documents for those loans. Monitor your My.Chapman Student Center and PantherMail as we may reach out for additional information.

If you will be enrolled in at least 6 credits for the summer session(s), if your parent is interested in utilizing a Parent PLUS Loan, they will need to complete a new Parent PLUS Loan application at StudentAid.gov.

If you intend to be enrolled in less than half-time (less than 6 credits) for the summer session(s) and you have exhausted all other aid eligibility, you may apply for a private student loan.

Summer Financial Aid Application


To maximize your eligibility for summer aid, submit the Summer Financial Aid Form by April 15th.

Undergraduate Financial Aid Forms