Summer Financial Aid

Year-Round Pell Grants


As of Summer 2018, eligible students may qualify for additional Federal Pell Grant for summer enrollment.

There is a change to the Federal Pell Grant Programs that allows eligible students to receive additional Federal Pell Grant award for summer beginning with the Summer 2019 session. 

To be eligible for the additional summer Pell Grant Award, the student must meet the program requirements and be enrolled in at least 6 units.

In the example below, an undergraduate student who has received 50% their Pell Grant in Fall 2018 and 50% of their Pell Grant in Spring 2019, will have used 100% of their scheduled Pell Grant Award. If the student enrolls in Summer Session 2019, they may qualify for the additional Pell Grant Award if they meet the program eligibility requirements and are enrolled in at least 6 units.

2018-2019 Academic Year (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

Semester Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Total
Enrolled Units 12 units 12 units 6 units*
% of Pell Used 50% 50% 25% 125%
Award Amount with 
Expected Family Contribution = $0
$3,048 $3,047 $1,524

*Example above shows award EFC is $0 and the student is enrolled in 6 units. 

The Pell Grant Award is based on a student's EFC (Expected Family Contribution) from FAFSA
         Awards will vary based on EFC
         Awards are prorated based on units enrolled (must be enrolled in 6 units)
         Aggregate lifetime award cannot exceed 600% (6 years or 12 semesters of full-time)

General Summer Aid Process
To be considered for Summer Aid you must:
         Have must have a 2018-2019 FAFSA application on file (
         Complete a summer financial aid applicatio, available on your Student Center beginning April 2019

Enrollment in at least 6 units during Summer 
Reminder: Be sure to update your current address and/or phone number on your My Sac State account if it will change for the Summer.

Additional Summer Aid Eligibility Requirements
Students who are on SAP probation status due to an approved SAP appeal MUST successfully complete Spring semester in order to qualify for summer aid.  Refer to the SAP Probation Status standards.

Summer Financial Aid Disbursements
Your award(s) are scheduled to disburse once your summer courses have started. 

For example:
If you are eligible for Federal Pell and you are enrolled in 6 units in the 1st Summer Session and 3 units in the 2nd Summer Session. Then your Pell Grant will disburse once the 2nd Summer Session begins.


  • How do I know how much Summer Pell I would be eligible for?
    The easiest way to estimate your eligibility for summer Pell will be to first look at your Spring 2019 Pell award. If you were enrolled full-time for Spring 2019 you would have received 50% of your eligibility. For Summer 2019 you will be eligible for half of your Spring 2019 disbursement if you are enrolled in 6 units.

  • How are my summer fees paid?  
    Student's must pay Summer fees from their own funds to avoid being dropped from thei Summer courses.  
  • What if I change my summer classes?  
    You must submit a NEW Summer Application with your updated summer courses.  Each new application submitted may take up to two weeks to process.

  • When is the summer financial aid application available?
    Summer applications are only available April through June.