First Steps for Receiving Summer Aid 

1. Complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA application at FAFSA.ED.GOV

2. Complete the Summer Survey while accepting your initial aid offer. Once you have been awarded for the 2017-2018 school year, financial aid for summer session can be requested by answering the 3 questions pertaining to summer session enrollment plans on the 'Resources/Additional Information' tab. This revision request will not be processed until you have registered for summer term courses. Once your request is received, award revisions will be processed within 7-10 business days. You will receive an email once the revision is made and you may view and accept the revised offer through your MyOSU account. If you need to change your enrollment level after completing the summer session questions, you will need to submit an Enrollment Revision Form for processing. 

3. Check your OSU Student (onid) email regularly for important notifications. Throughout each term and after the term has ended, the Office of Financial Aid sends email updates regarding requirements and changes in eligibility. 

How Does Summer Aid Work? 

  • During the summer term, the Census Date coincides with the last date you can add a course in session one. Dropping courses after the summer Census Date may result in a reversal of your Pell Grant. You must participate all of your courses in order to earn the federal financial aid that is disbursed for that term. If you drop a course before that course began or if we are unable to verify your participation in a course, we are required to reverse any Pell Grant payments made for that course. Reversed Pell will be returned to the Department of Education. This reversal of aid may create a new bill on your OSU student billing account. 


  • Enrollment levels are NOT different in summer. For undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students, full-time is 12 or more credits, 3/4 time is 9 to 11 credits, and half-time is 6 to 8 credits. For graduate students half-time is 5 to 8 credits, and full-time is 9 or more credits. You must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for federal student loans. 


  • Based on the Congressional approval of year round Pell, students may now receive up to 150% of their Pell eligibility in a single year. This means a student at OSU may be eligible to receive a fulltime Pell Grant for all 4 terms of the 2017-2018 academic year. Terms in which a student is attending less than halftime (fewer than 6 credit hours) may not be counted towards this additional eligibility.  Please keep in mind that lifetime Pell eligibility has not changed. Students may only receive the Pell grant for a maximum of 18 terms/12 semesters.


  • If your actual enrollment does not match your expected enrollment level for financial aid, your financial aid will not be disbursed. Waitlisted classes or classes you plan to take during later summer session but have not actually enrolled in will not be counted for financial aid purposes. Please complete an Enrollment Revision Form to have your financial aid revised to match your actual enrollment. 


  • Summer term disbursements of some types of financial aid will begin shortly before the start of session one (June 26th). Perkins loans, SEOG, and many scholarships awarded for summer cannot disburse until the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1st. Students who have been awarded work study for the academic year may begin working during summer session (after July 1st) if enrolled half-time or more.  

Do be aware! Textbooks cannot be charged to your student account; therefore, proper planning for textbook purchases prior to the disbursement of financial aid is strongly encouraged.