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Students must be registered for summer classes before submitting the summer application to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

After being awarded a Parent PLUS for summer, the parent must complete a Request for PLUS (Parent) Loan form to accept the loan.


Summer Financial Aid



Undergraduate students must enroll for at least six hours and graduate students must enroll for at least three hours to be eligible for summer financial aid.  After a student is awarded, if enrollment hours change (a student withdraws from the University or drops an individual class), cost of attendance and financial aid may be adjusted and this may result in a student being billed for financial aid received and/or loss of Work-Study.

For financial aid purposes, the 2014 summer session is considered the final term of the 2013-2014 award year. Therefore, to apply for 2014 summer financial aid students must:

            • have the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other required documents on file in the Office of Student Financial Aid. If the 2013-2014 FAFSA and other required documents were submitted to our office for the
              2013-2014 academic year, do not resubmit these documents;
            • complete a separate summer financial aid application;
            • be registered for all summer courses prior to submitting the summer application.


Types of Financial Aid Available

Summer financial aid is usually limited to Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study and Federal Direct Loans.

The University of Iowa’s financial aid year includes the following terms: fall, winter, spring, and summer.  Summer is the last term of the year.

  • If a student has received the annual maximum Federal Direct Stafford Loan amount for the fall, winter and spring terms, loans will not be awarded for the summer session. (Annual maximum loan amounts are listed on our Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan web pages.)
  • Most students will have received their full Pell Grant eligibility for the 2013-2014 academic year and will not qualify for a Pell Grant for the summer session. The Federal Pell Grant is automatically awarded to all eligible students, even if they do not submit a summer application.

If summer registration requirements are met, a dependent undergraduate student would always be eligible for the Federal Direct (parent) PLUS.  After being awarded a Parent PLUS for summer, the parent must complete a Request for PLUS (parent) Loan form to accept the loan.

If summer registration requirements are met, graduate/professional students would always be eligible for the Federal Direct (graduate/professional) PLUS.


Award Notification

No later than two weeks after submssion of the summer application, an email will be sent to the student informing them they can obtain their award notification on ISIS.


University Bill (U-Bill)

Beginning in June, students will be billed for contracted charges (tuition and fees and residence hall room and board).  The U-Bill must be paid by the due date, regardless of delays, reductions or cancellation of financial aid.  Questions regarding the U-bill or the impact of not paying the U-bill should be directed to the University Billing Office in Room 5 Calvin Hall, 319-335-0071, 800-943-4557, or email



The University Billing Office will disburse summer financial aid when the student has begun attendance in sufficient hours to meet the minimum enrollment requirement.  Example:  If an undergraduate student is enrolled for one three-hour three-week class and one three-hour six-week class, financial aid will not disburse until the six-week class has begun.


Withdrawing or Dropping Classes After the Summer Semester Has Begun

Students receiving summer financial aid should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid before dropping individual courses or withdrawing. A change in registration can impact a student's financial aid eligibility. See our summer withdrawing or dropping classes web page for important details.


Cost of Attendance

The summer cost of attendance and expected family contribution are based on the number of enrolled hours and weeks of enrollment at the time the summer application is submitted. Cost of attendance for summer includes actual tuition and fees based on the registered hours of enrollment, estimated book costs, and living expenses (room and board, personal and transportation expenses) associated with the number of weeks of actual enrollment.