Aid for A Summer Session

General Information and Requirements

Tulane University processes federal self-help funds (loans and work-study) to eligible students enrolled during the summer as well as federal grants for those who qualify; however, please note that Tulane institutional scholarship funds are NOT awarded to full-time undergraduate students enrolled during the summer.  (Tulane institutional scholarship funds for graduate and/or School of Continuing Studies students are generally awarded at the discretion of the student's academic dean.)

To be considered for summer federal aid self-help funds, a student must complete the applicable summer addendum and meet one of the following scenarios:

The student has applied for and determined eligible for aid through the Financial Aid Office for the academic year immediately preceding the summer

The student has applied for aid through the the Financial Aid Office for the academic year immediately following the summer and has been determined to be eligible.

If neither of the above scenarios apply, the student is not eligible for federal aid during the summer term.

When to Apply

Students must submit the appropriate Tulane University Summer Addendum (available from the Financial Aid Office in mid-April), no later than June 15. Students may also electronically download the appropriate Summer Addendum once they become available:

     -The regular Summer Addendum for courses taken through Tulane-sponsored summer courses
     -The Summer Abroad Addendum for courses taken through Tulane-sponsored Summer Abroad programs
     -The Graduate Summer Addendum

Federal Aid Programs

Federal Work-Study
Federal Work-Study funding for the summer is very limited, and applications for Federal Work-Study certification are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are restricted to working a maximum of 40 hours per week.

To be eligible for Federal Work-Study, no summer enrollment is required, although courses may be taken. If a student does not plan to enroll during the academic year immediately following summer, the student must have been enrolled during the immediately preceding academic year and enroll during the summer session and be graduating at the end of the summer. In this case, the summer employment cannot extend beyond the period of summer enrollment. If a student will be enrolled during the academic year immediately following the summer, enrollment in the academic year immediately preceding summer is not a consideration for eligibility.

Summer federal work study eligibility is subject to the deadlines and processing requirements of the Financial Aid Office and to the final approval of the Tulane Student Employment Office. In addition, please note that additional paperwork from the Tulane Student Employment Office noting approval of the employer and position is required before you may begin any off-campus job.

Federal Work-Study Savings Expectations
Federal law has made the savings expectation from summer Federal Work Study earnings quite stringent. This is due to the severe restrictions placed on summer expense allowances for many students. The allowable costs are limited because the Federal Methodology already provides for the summer living expenses of the student, and dependents, if any, in the calculation of the student (and parents' if the student is dependent) contribution for the academic year.

Based on federal law, summer expense allowances for undergraduate and graduate students will be determined as follows:

Enrolled for no summer courses at Tulane: standard local transportation for the period of employment.

Enrolled less than half-time at Tulane: tuition, books, and standard local transportation for the period of employment.

Enrolled at least half-time at Tulane: tuition, books, room, board, and miscellaneous for the period of enrollment and standard transportation for the period of enrollment as well as the period of employment.

Dependent students who will not work in the same area where their parents live are allowed room, board, and miscellaneous costs for the period of employment in addition to the allowances noted above.

The total amount of your Federal Work Study earnings less these allowable expenses will be expected as a contribution toward the costs of the academic year immediately following summer. (A higher contribution would be expected from students who have other resources, including a parent contribution for dependent students, to meet all or a portion of these allowable expenses for summer.) If you do not enroll, the contribution from your summer Federal Work Study earnings cannot be less than $100.00. Please note, the expected contribution from summer Federal Work Study is in addition to the income contribution predicted for the academic year, which is also calculated according to the Federal Methodology.

Because of the restrictions noted above, students should consider carefully whether summer Federal Work Study employment is advantageous to them. Should you be unable to earn the expected amount of Federal Work Study certification, you may request (in writing) reconsideration of your academic year aid package after fall registration. Any increases in your aid package would be in the form of self-help (loan and/or work study) and would be on a funds available basis.

Federal Direct Stafford Loans
Eligible students who have not borrowed the maximum allowable for the year may be eligible to apply for loan funds to cover tuition, books, and living expenses for the period of enrollment. Students must be enrolled at least half-time at Tulane University, based on one-half of the academic year full-time standard. To be considered enrolled half-time, an undergraduate student must enroll for a minimum of two courses that equal at least six hours in any one, or any combination, of the summer session. Half-time varies for graduate students depending on the academic year full-time standard for the division.

Federal Perkins Loans
Federal Perkins funding for the summer is very limited and may not be available for summer periods. To be eligible for a summer Perkins loan, students must have been enrolled during the academic year immediately preceding the summer and they also must be registered for summer course work.

Federal Pell Grants
A student who has not received the maximum allowable Pell Grant (100%) for the year may be eligible to receive Pell Grant Funds during the summer.

Important Facts for Summer Federal Financial Aid Applicants
Students who were not enrolled in a regular degree program at Tulane during the academic year immediately preceding summer or the academic year following summer are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid funds through Tulane for the summer.

Federal law prohibits the release of loan funds to students who are not registered at least half-time or who are not meeting other requirements of the program at the time of disbursement.

Because the summer sessions are so short, students should allow sufficient time for all processing to be completed and the loan to be disbursed while they are still enrolled at least half-time. 

NON-Federal Aid Programs

Private Educational Loans
We will consider processing private educational loans for those summer students who are eligible as per the lender.  Contact the University Financial Aid Office to speak with your financial aid counselor to coordinate the processing of the loan and to make sure other more desirable federal aid may be available.

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