Summer Financial Aid

Applications for Summer Financial Aid are available each year by March 1st and summer aid processing will begin the second week of April! Requesting to use aid in the Summer might impact your financial aid for the fall and spring. Before applying, make sure that you read all of the important notices, requirements, and recommended deadlines on this page.

requirements To receive financial aid in the summer

  1. Complete the FAFSA Application online at 
    • Summer 2023: Complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA Application
    • Recommended Deadline: March 15
  2. Complete Millersville's Summer Aid Application:
    • Summer 2023: Applications will be available March 1
    • Recommended Deadline: April 7
  3. Ensure you have all other Outstanding Financial Aid Requirements completed
    • Failure to complete other requirements will delay the processing of your financial aid.
    • Recommended Deadline: March 31
  4. Ensure you are making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
    • Failure to meet SAP standards after the Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 semester may delay the processing of your request or result in the cancellation of any pending aid.
  5. You must be admitted to a degree-seeking program at MU and be taking credits that count towards your Course Program of Study (CPOS).
    • To receive federal loans you must maintain an enrollment status of at least half-time, as defined by your program, and the credits you are enrolled in must count toward CPOS.  
    • Please note that EDW courses are not eligible for federal aid.

summer aid and the impact on your fall/spring aid

Receiving Summer Aid could have an impact on the amount of aid you are eligible to receive in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Federal Direct Loans: If you request to use your federal loans in the summer, you will not receive additional loan money; simply, your yearly loan amount will be equally divided between the three semesters (Summer/Fall/Spring) unless otherwise specified on your application.

  • Please keep in mind, if you plan to request to use federal loans in the summer, you must maintain an enrollment status of at least half-time as defined by your program, and the credits you are enrolled in must count toward CPOS to receive federal loans.

Federal Pell Grant: If you are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant, your fall/spring award will not be affected and the Pell Grant will automatically be awarded to you if you are enrolled in summer courses and determined eligible.

  • If your enrollment changes after your eligibility is initially determined, your award will be adjusted.

PA State Grant: If you are eligible to receive a PA State Grant, you must complete a separate application with PHEAA

  • Summer PA State Grants cannot be used as a credit toward your summer bill. If eligible, you will be awarded the funds at the end of the summer term.

Private/Alternative LoansPrivate Loans do not have the same requirements as federal aid and can be used if you are less than half-time, not making SAP, are non-degree, or just do not wish to use federal loans in the summer.

  • Each private loan lender has different eligibility criteria. Click here for more information on private/alternative loans.
  • If you decide to apply for a private/alternative loan, please make sure you select the loan period for the summer term during your application (05/2023-08/2024)

*  See the section below, Types of Aid, for additional aid-specific requirements.