For a variety of reasons some students want to take summer coursework. In some cases student want to complete summer coursework in order to get ahead in their program and graduate early. In other cases students may have fallen behind in their program and want to catch up on some credits over summer. Other students simply want the opportunity to complete coursework in another country and can only do so over summer. Regardless of your reasons for wanting to study over summer, many scholarships are available to fund summer studies.
Federal Pell Grants can be used to help students alleviate the costs of summer courses. Prior to 2010, students were only able to use these awards during fall and spring semesters. Now, students who have finished more that 24 credits can enroll in six or more credits over the summer. Students can receive up to $5,500 per semester in aid. In order to be eligible, student must complete the FAFSA.
Many summer scholarships are available through individual colleges and universities. Below are some examples of such scholarships:
Brown University Summer Scholarships provides varying levels of scholarships and waivers for summer courses to students at Brown University. More information can be found at: http://www.brown.edu/about/administration/financial-aid/financial-aid-programs-unique-brown.
University of California Berkley Summer Aid provides funding to students through either Pell grants or the Dream Act. In addition, they offer the UC Summer Fee Grant to eligible undergrads. These grants are based on the number of summer credits the student plans to enroll in over the summer as well as their demonstrated financial need as based on the FAFSA.
Summer Scholar Incentive Program (SSIP) provides funding for students who are taking classes full-time over the summer. When students enroll in twelve credits, they can receive funding for up to three credits. Students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average. In addition, students must demonstrate financial need. Applications must be received prior to July 8th. More information can be found at: http://summer.syr.edu/programs-courses/summer-programs/summer-scholar-incentive-program/.
University of Michigan Summer Scholarships provide funding to eligible students. The amount of the funding ranges from $500 to $10,000 per semester. In order to be eligible, students must be enrolled in the LSA College and be a resident of the United States. In addition, they must have completed at least ones semester at UM and plan to enroll for six credits during the summer. The summer coursework must be completed on campus and students must simultaneously apply for financial need-based aid by contacting the Office of Financial Aid at UM. While these scholarships are not renewable, students may submit a new application each year. The selected students will be notified in April. More information can be found at: https://www.lsa.umich.edu/students/scholarships/currentstudents/springsummerscholarship.
Since many summer scholarships are specific to the individual university or college, students are strongly encouraged to ask their financial aid counselor about summer scholarships. Additionally, students may want to check with their department. Lastly, students interested in summer study abroad opportunities can ask their study abroad office about funding opportunities that are specific to their country of interest.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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