Financial Aid for Summer Courses

Limited financial aid is available for summer courses, and students are encouraged to plan early and to take advantage of the payment plans available for summer classes.

Carefully review the information below to be sure you are eligible to apply for summer aid.

The 2021 Summer Aid Application will open in April 2021.


To be eligible for financial aid in the summer, a FAFSA must be completed for the prior academic year. Some graduate students will also need to submit a FAFSA for the upcoming academic year. Students must also be matriculated (seeking a degree) and cannot be conditionally readmitted.

Students applying for summer aid will be held to the standards of the academic progress policy. Your summer aid is contingent upon meeting satisfactory academic progress, or the requirements of your academic plan, if applicable. Academic progress will be measured after spring grades are posted. If you fail to meet academic progress or the requirements of your plan, your summer aid will be cancelled.

Before submitting an application for summer aid, please be sure you have:

  • completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA (or a 2021-2022 FAFSA if applicable*)
  • met all standards of the academic progress policy
  • enrolled in the minimum number of credits to receive aid

*If you are admitted to one of the following programs (which begin in the summer of 2021) you must file a 2021-2022 FAFSA and complete a summer aid application before we can process your federal direct loan for the summer:

  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Social Work
  • Professional Accounting program
  • Masters in Accountancy in Financial Accounting (MACCY) program
  • Camden Law
  • Camden Graduate School

Students enrolling in the summer 2020 Professional Accounting Program or the MACCY program should contact the Newark Office of Financial Aid once you have filed the 2020-2021 FAFSA.


Undergraduates and RBS students (both undergraduate and graduate) must be enrolled for at least 6 summer credits to receive federal direct loans or a parent PLUS loan for undergraduate students. Graduate and law students must be enrolled for at least 3 summer credits to receive federal direct loans or a graduate PLUS loan.

UndergraduateGraduate/Law SchoolRutgers Business School (Newark)
Full-time12 or more credits6 or more credits12 or more credits
Three-quarters time9-11.5 creditsN/A9-11.5 credits
Half-time6-8.5 credits3-5.5 credits6-8.5 credits
Less than half-time5.5 or less credits2.5 or less credits5.5 or less credits