Summer Financial Aid
Applications for Summer Financial Aid are now available! Before applying, make sure that you read all of the important notices, requirements and recommended deadlines below:
- If you have already completed your FAFSA application and submitted a Millersville Summer Aid Application, the Office of Financial Aid is currently reviewing your eligibility for summer financial aid. Please check your MAX Account to ensure you have all other Outstanding Requirements completed. Failure to complete other requirements will delay the processing of your financial aid.
- If you have not yet applied to receive financial aid in the summer, you must:
- Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA Application online at https://fafsa.ed.gov
- Complete Millersville's Summer Aid Application: https://www.millersville.edu/finaid/summer-aid/index.php
- Please note that if you request to borrow your federal loans from the FAFSA during the summer, it will be deducted from the amount you normally receive in the fall/spring semesters.
- If you do not want to utilize your federal loans, you can apply for a private/alternative loan for the summer. Information on how to apply is available on our website: https://www.millersville.edu/finaid/loans/alternative.php.
- If you decide to apply for one of these loans, please make sure you select the loan period for the summer term during your application (05/2021-08/2021)
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 be enrolled in at least 6 credits.
- If you do not plan on being enrolled in at least 6 credits or do not want to take from your federal loans you can apply for a private/alternative loan.
- 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 you are eligible to receive a PA State Grant, you must complete a separate application with PHEAA and the grant cannot be used as a credit towards your summer bill.
- Failure to complete all required paperwork by the designated deadlines below may delay the approval of aid beyond the due date of your Summer bill.
- If aid is approved after your bill is paid by other means, you will receive a refund (assuming that you meet all eligibility requirements).
requirements & deadlines
In order to have your summer aid application reviewed and processed prior to the bills being due, you must meet the following requirements and follow the recommended timeline:
- Complete and submit the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- The recommended deadline for Summer Aid is March 15, 2021. (Allow 5-7 business days after submitting your FAFSA for the results to be released to Millersville’s Office of Financial Aid.)
- Complete the Millersville University 2021 Summer Financial Aid Request Form on MAX.
- The recommended deadline is March 31, 2021. Applications will be available February 2021.
- Complete all outstanding Financial Aid Document Requirements
- The recommended deadline to complete your requirements is April 10, 2021.
- You may check the status of your Document Requirements online in the myVILLE Student Portal. After logging in, select Finances > Financial Aid Requirements > 2021-2022 Aid Year.
- 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 six CPOS credits (or more) throughout the Summer Semester.
- Please note that EDW courses are not eligible for federal aid.
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
- Any student who has failed to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards based on Fall Semester grades will have their Summer Aid Application held and not processed until after Spring Semester grades are posted and reviewed.
- Students who fail to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards after the 2021 Spring Semester grades have been posted and reviewed will have any estimated summer financial aid canceled.
- See Types of Aid below for any additional aid-specific requirements.
HOW DO I COMPLETE A SUMMER AID APPLICATION ONLINE?
In order to apply, first complete your FAFSA and then log into MAX to complete the Summer Aid Request Form. Follow these step-by-step instructions:
- Log in to your myVILLE Student Portal and click on the MAX Banner Self Service Login
- Select "Financial Aid"
- Click "My Awards" > Awards by Aid Year
- Select the 2021-2022 Aid Year > Click submit
- On the General Information tab, select the link under "INTERESTED IN SUMMER AID?"
- Read the important information to understand how the summer aid process works and after reading, select the link under "APPLY NOW."
- Enter all required data and submit the form and when prompted, and click "Close Window".
- If the MAX screen did not change, refresh the page for additional information.
Please note, the summer aid application on MAX can only be completed one time.
- If you make changes to your enrollment after submitting the application, your application will not be re-processed unless you initiate the request.
- If you need to make changes to your application once you have completed it, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 717-871-5100 to have your application reviewed for updates.
WHAT TYPES OF AID ARE AVAILABLE?
Students successfully completing all of the required paperwork by the designated deadlines listed under the “2021 Summer Financial Aid Information” section (above) may be considered for the following types of aid:
PA STATE GRANT (PHEAA)
- To be eligible for a summer PA State Grant, you must be enrolled for at least 6 credits over a period of 5 weeks or more and be taking at least 50% of these credits in the classroom (not online). Blended courses (online/classroom combination) are considered online courses for PA Grant purposes. Students taking more than 50% of their coursework online will have reduced grant eligibility.
- To apply, complete the “Summer State Grant Application”. This application is available online only March 15 to August 15, 2021 by logging into your PHEAA account at pheaa.org. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one.
- Students who are eligible for the PA State Grant may receive a maximum of eight full-time disbursements while pursuing a first bachelor’s degree. Therefore, any grant money received for the summer semester will count toward the eight full-time disbursements permitted by
- The PA State Grant is awarded late and is not available to use as credit toward your If you are awarded a PA State Grant for Summer, you will receive a refund in August (assuming your charges have been previously satisfied).
FEDERAL PELL GRANT
- If you are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant, it will automatically be awarded to you; you do not need to request it. Receiving a Pell Grant in the Summer 2021 will not have an impact on your Pell Grant awards for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, so long as you meet all other criteria.
- If your enrollment changes after your eligibility is initially determined, your award will be adjusted.
FEDERAL DIRECT LOANS
- The student must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before a Direct Loan can be processed.
- Students must maintain enrollment in the summer of at least 6 CPOS credits to receive federal loans.
- Students who have never borrowed through the Federal Direct Loan Program must complete the Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling before the loan can be applied to their bill. The MPN and Entrance Counseling can be completed online at studentaid.gov.
The Office of Financial Aid will process the loan for the student’s maximum eligibility for the 2021-2022 Academic Year:
The loan amount will be divided equally among each of the semesters that the student indicates they plan to be enrolled for on their Summer Financial Aid Request Form. Summer is the beginning of the 2021-2022 Academic Year.
For example, if you request a Federal Direct Loan and your maximum eligibility is $3,500 for the year, your loan will be divided equally among the three semesters (Summer, Fall, and Spring), awarding approximately $1,167 each semester.
Students who do not want to borrow their maximum eligibility in the summer can check a box on the Summer Financial Aid Request Form indicating that they would only like to use enough funds to cover their bill. The remaining funds will be awarded to future semesters of enrollment in the 2021-2022 Academic Year (Fall/Spring).
- The total loan amount will not exceed student’s annual grade level eligibility:
- Grade level eligibility is determined by the total number of credits the student has EARNED as of the date the loan application is certified— this is often before Spring Semester grades are available. To request a Grade Level Increase of your loan amount, you must contact the Office of Financial Aid after your grades have been posted for the previous semester.
FEDERAL DIRECT PLUS LOAN
- YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR THIS LOAN UNTIL APRIL 15, 2021
- The student must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before a PLUS Loan can be processed.
- A parent of a dependent undergraduate student may borrow a Federal Direct PLUS Loan or an independent graduate student (seeking a master’s degree) may apply for a Grad PLUS Loan.
- If approved, a Federal Direct PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) must be on file and the loan must be certified by the school before the funds may be used as a credit on the student’s bill. A parent may complete the PLUS Loan application and complete the MPN online at studentaid.gov.
- Private/alternative loans may be used to help cover the costs for summer without taking away from the state or federal resources available to students in the fall and spring semesters.
- If you want to borrow a private/alternative loan for the summer and you generally use one in the fall and spring semesters, you must complete a separate application for summer. Millersville cannot process one application across all three semesters. Fall and spring can still remain as one application and funds can be split between the two semesters.
- The loan period to select for a summer loan is: 05/12/2021 - 08/15/2021
- The loan period to select for a fall/spring loan is: 08/24/2021 - 05/08/2022
- If you are enrolled in multiple summer sessions your loan will be allocated according to the number of credits you are enrolled in each session.
- For example, if you request a $5000 private loan for summer and you are enrolled 3 credits Summer 1, 6 credits Summer 2, and 3 credits Summer 3 your loan will be divided among those semesters according to your enrollment.
- In this example you would receive $1,250 summer 1, $2500 summer 2, and $1,250 summer 3. Fall/Spring loan applications will be split evenly between the two semesters.
- Final approval from the lender must be on record in the Office of Financial Aid and certified on the students account before an Alternative loan may be used as credit towards the bill. Loan pre-approval is not satisfactory to use as a credit towards your bill.
- The processing timeline by the school is based on the date the application was received by the lender and may take several weeks.
- If you receive an early refund from an alternative loan after your loan was certified and then become enrolled in a later session(s), you are responsible to pay any balance due when billed for the later session(s) or apply for an additional loan.
WHEN WILL MY SUMMER AID BE PROCESSED?
- Beginning April 1, 2021, the Office of Financial Aid will process request for the Summer Semester for those students who have met all the criteria listed under the “How do I apply?” section of this form. Students may check the status of their Financial Aid Requirements online through their myVILLE Student Portal > Finances > Financial Aid Requirements.
- An email will be sent to each student’s Millersville email account when aid has been processed, directing the student to view their awards online. Students are advised to review the total amount of aid packaged for the entire 2021-2022 Academic Year. If additional funds are needed, students are encouraged to meet with a Financial Aid Counselor to discuss additional funding
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY AID?
Please pay particular attention to the following anticipated disbursement dates. While your aid may be applied to your bill as a credit, the funds will not actually pay to the University before the dates listed below:
SUMMER SESSION STUDENT IS ENROLLED IN
FEDERAL PELL GRANT
PA STATE GRANT
FEDERAL DIRECT LOANS
Summer 1 Only
Summer 1 & 2
Summer 2 Only
Summer 1 & 3
Summer 3 Only
July 2021 July 2021 Summer 2 & 3
All 3 Summer Sessions
- If you expect to receive a refund, please be sure you are signed up for direct deposit online and/or that your desired mailing address is on file with the Office of Student Accounts (OSA. To check this your information, go to: millersville.afford.com. For questions about direct deposit, contact the Office of Student Accounts.
- Students must notify the Office of Financial Aid if their enrollment status changes after aid is initially awarded. Failure to do so will delay the disbursement of the student’s financial aid.
- * If you are enrolled in multiple summer sessions and receive a private/alternative loan, your loan disbursements may be split between the sessions that you are enrolled depending on your budget for the term(s) you are enrolled. Disbursements of private/alternative loan funds may be delayed to a later session if you do not meet the minimum enrollment requirements for that loan at the date found above.