Summer Award

Summer Packaging

Students who have submitted a valid 2018-2019 FAFSA and have enrolled in classes for the Summer 2019 semester will AUTOMATICALLY be considered for a summer 2019 financial aid award package with the exception of students requesting Summer Work Study.

Students who are interested in summer work study must complete a summer financial aid application, which will be available in your MyUCCS student portal starting April 29th.

Please read the details below for additional information about each summer financial aid program as each aid program may have different eligibility requirements.

Steps to be considered for summer financial aid:

  1. Enroll for summer.  Summer Registration begins April 1st – you can view your appointment time in your myUCCS student portal.
  2. You must be an admitted, degree-seeking and an enrolled UCCS student.  
  3. You must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
  4. Your financial aid file must be complete with all requested documentation, as indicated on your To Do List in your MyUCCS student portal, including having an official EFC from your FAFSA, no later than the last day of your summer enrollment.
  5. File the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA for the 2019-2020 year (if you have not done so already).
  6. Financial Aid award notifications will be sent via email to your UCCS email account starting the week of May 20th. Awards are based on your enrollment as of the day of the email, should your enrollment change, you will need to contact the aid office to be re-evaluated for your financial aid awards. Summer bills are due June 17th.

UCCS participates in the following summer financial aid programs:

  • Summer Federal Pell Grant
  • Summer UCCS Tuition Grant
  • Summer Work Study
  • Summer Federal Direct Loan (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
  • Summer Federal PLUS & Grad PLUS loan

Summer Work Study:

Work Study will be awarded based on fund availability and priority is given to students who are currently working as a work study student. 

You are required to complete the Summer Application to be awarded summer work study. The summer application is located in the Student Center of your myUCCS portal starting on April 29th and will close on May 17th.

Summer employment through the Work Study Program begins May 20, 2018 and continues through the end of the summer work term, which is August 24th.

To be considered for this program, it is necessary to complete the following steps:

  1. File the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA for 2019-2020, (if you have not already filed) so it is received by the federal processor no later than May 1st. Make sure you indicate on your FAFSA that you would like to be considered for Federal Work Study funds.
  2. Complete the Summer Application located in the Student Center section of your student portal:
  • Sign into the portal and click the Financial Aid drop-down section at the top of the page. Choose Access Student Self Services. On the following screen, click Financial Aid, and choose Summer Application from the menu options.
  1. Be enrolled at UCCS for the fall 2018 term.

Notification of summer work study awards to students will occur upon completion of summer aid application

Summer Federal Pell Grant:

This program allows a Federal Pell eligible undergraduate student a maximum annual award amount based on the student's expected family contribution (EFC) and the student's summer enrollment.  Please be advised that you may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

The U.S. Department of Education announced that students may be eligible to receive additional Federal Pell Grant funding for the summer semester. This allows a student to receive Federal Pell Grant funds for up to 150% of the student's annual Federal Pell Grant for an award year.  If you have attended full-time in the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters, you will need to be enrolled at least 6 credits (half-time) to receive the Federal Pell Grant.

If you plan to receive your full Federal Pell Grant award, you must be enrolled in 12 credits by the financial aid census lock date (wait-listed classes are excluded) on July 10, 2019.  You are responsible for repayments resulting from any decrease to your previously disbursed Federal Pell Grant.

Federal Pell Grant is based upon your enrollment and attendance:

  • Your Pell Grant award is based on the assumption that you attend and participate in educational activities for all of your enrolled classes. Pell Grant amounts are adjusted for non-attendance in courses.
  • Your Pell Grant award will be recalculated and reduced if you drop below the financial aid eligible credits you had in place at 11:59 p.m. on July 10, 2019 where:
    1. You drop a class or workshop before it starts
    2. You drop without a “W”
    3. You drop with a “W” and your attendance cannot be documented
    4. You do not attend a class
    5. Your professor is unable to document your attendance in a class
    6. You receive an “F” and your professor reports that you never attended

Important Notice: The amount of the Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by a federal law to be 600 percent (the equivalent of 6 full-time years). If a student's Federal Pell Grant lifetime eligibility used (LEU) equals or exceeds 600 percent, the student is no longer eligible to receive Federal Pell Grant funding. Students can log on to www.nslds.ed.gov to view their Pell Grant LEU.

Example:

 

Scenario 1

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Enrollment

12 hours

12 hours

6 hours

Pell award

$2960 (50%)

$2960 (50%)

$1480 (25%)

Scenario 2

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Enrollment

12 hours

12 hours

3 hours

Pell award

$2960 (50%)

$2960 (50%)

$0 (0%)

Scenario 3

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Enrollment

12 hours

12 hours

12 hours

Pell award

$2960 (50%)

$2960 (50%)

$2960 (50%)

Scenario 4

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Enrollment

12 hours

9 hours

6 hours

Pell award

$2960 (50%)

$2220 (37.5%)

$1480 (25%)

Scenario 5

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Enrollment

9 hours

9 hours

6 hours

Pell award

$2220 (37.5%)

$2220 (37.5%)

$1480 (25%)

Summer Federal Direct Loan(Subsidized and Unsubsidized):

If you are eligible for a Summer Federal Direct Loan:

  1. You will receive a summer financial aid award notification. Sign into myUCCS portal to accept, reduce or decline your loan(s).
  2. You must be enrolled at least half-time, which is at least 6 credit hours for an undergraduate student or 3 credit hours for a graduate student.

If you are a first time borrower, you will need to complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov before your loan can be disbursed to UCCS.

Due to the federally mandated maximum annual loan limits, students borrowing through the Federal Direct Loan Program during the summer term are limited to their remaining annual loan eligibility. Students may have remaining loan eligibility when they do not borrow their full loan amount offered or have changed grade levels and have a new loan limit.

Example:

Student X is eligible for a combined annual total of $5,500 from the Federal Direct Loan Program. The scheduled disbursement for this loan would be $2,750 in the fall and $2,750 in the spring. If student X borrowed $4,000 through the Federal Direct Loan Program for fall and spring and enrolls for 6 credits in the summer, Student X would be offered $1,500 through a Federal Direct Loan.

Annual Loan Limits

Grade Level

Maximum Subsidized

Unsubsidized

Total Yearly Amounts

Freshman (DEP)

$ 3,500

$ 2,000

$ 5,500

Freshman (INDEP)

$ 3,500

$ 6,000

$ 9,500

Sophomore (DEP)

$ 4,500

$ 2,000

$ 6,500

Sophomore (INDEP)

$ 4,500

$ 6,000

$ 10,500

Junior/Senior (DEP)

$ 5,500

$ 2,000

$ 7,500

Junior/Senior (INDEP)

$ 5,500

$ 7,000

$ 12,500

Graduate

N/A

$ 20,500

$ 20,500

Summer Federal PLUS and Grad PLUS loan:

Parents of dependent undergraduate students who are enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) may apply for a PLUS loan. The loan award amount is determined by the Summer Cost of Attendance (COA) minus any other aid the student is receiving.

Graduate students who have utilized their annual Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan limit may apply for the Federal Grad PLUS if enrolled at least half-time (3 credits).

To apply for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan, please go to www.studentloans.gov to complete a PLUS application and Master Promissory Note.  Once the PLUS has been approved by the US Department of Education, your loan award will be updated to an accepted status in your myUCCS portal within 2-3 business days of the financial aid office receiving the approved amount from them.