Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Summer 2020 Financial Aid Information

View a PDF copy of the Summer 2020 Financial Aid Information.

Summer Aid Eligibility

Applying for summer financial aid has never been easier! To apply and be eligible for summer aid, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a valid 2019-20 FAFSA on file with UNI by June 30, 2020. Complete your FAFSA online at

  • Be enrolled at least half-time. Half-time in the summer for an undergraduate is 5 credit hours; half-time for a graduate is 4 credit hours. Audited courses, Guided Independent Study, and Camp Adventure do not count towards enrollment.

  • Be admitted to a program leading to a degree. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid. If you are pursuing a degree but not yet classified, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

  • Meet Financial Aid Academic Progress and be in good academic standing with the university. Please visit our website for more information on Satisfactory Academic Progress.

  • Be in good financial standing with your loan servicer. For issues with default or delinquency, please contact your federal loan servicer.

NOTE: Your summer award will reflect all financial aid available based on your initial summer enrollment. If you change your enrollment, contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Types of Financial Aid

  • Federal Pell Grant: May be awarded to undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor's degree.

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are not awarded by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships during the summer, but may be awarded by your department or outside agencies.

  • Federal Direct Loan: The amount you may borrow each year is limited. You are not eligible for summer loans if you have already borrowed the annual maximum (see table below). A valid MPN and Entrance Counseling is required for any federal loan to disburse. Your MPN and Entrance Counseling can be completed on the website.

Maximum Annual Combined Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan Limits
Grade Level Dependent Independent
Freshman $5,500 $9,500
Sophomore $6,500 $10,500
Junior & Senior $7,500 $12,500
Graduate N/A $20,500
  • Graduate PLUS Loan: If you wish to borrow a Graduate PLUS Loan, you must complete a Graduate PLUS MPN online at

  • Parent PLUS Loan: If your parent wishes to borrow a PLUS Loan, they must complete their own MPN and also "Apply for the Direct PLUS Loan" at

  • Private Education Loan: These loans are through a bank or credit union, and are based on credit; a co-signer may be required. Private Loan Counseling is required for every loan disbursement and must be completed with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

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