Summer Financial Aid
Students interested in Summer Financial Aid should complete a separate Summer Financial Aid Application by March 1st for priority summer processing. Applications received after March 1st will be processed in the order that they are received. The application will be available by February 1st. Students can access the application on-line through the student's My RU account.
To receive Summer Financial Aid undergraduate students must enroll in at least six credit hours at Radford University and graduate students must enroll in at least five credit hours at Radford University. You must have filed a Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA) for the current school year and finalized this application. Your eligibility will be based on that FAFSA.
Satisfactory Academic Progress will be checked after spring semester grades are posted (for students enrolled at Radford University). If summer financial aid is awarded to a student who has not made satisfactory progress after spring grades are reviewed, their financial aid will be cancelled.
Summer applications will not be reviewed for eligibility until you are registered for the credit hours that you reported on your summer application in the terms that you indicated. If you have made a change to your anticipated summer enrollment, please submit a change of hours form to our office confirming the enrollment changes.
Due to the awarding strategies that are utilized for the fall/spring terms of the academic year, limited federal funds are available during the summer. If a student has any federal aid eligibility, it will normally be through the Federal Direct Loan program and the Pell grant program. Students may only borrow Federal Direct loan funds if they have remaining eligibility from the prior fall and spring semester, based on their academic class standing.
Due to changes in the Department of Education, the Federal Pell Grant program, has now been changed to Year Round Pell Grant. Starting with the 1718 Academic year, eligible students can now use Federal Pell Grant to help pay towards Summer cost!!
What does this mean for you? This means as long as you meet the requirements for Federal Pell grant and are enrolled at least half time for the summer sessions, then you may be eligible to receive up to an additional 50% in Federal Pell grant (depending upon your enrollment status for summer). At the time your summer application is reviewed, we will determine your eligibility.