Types of Aid Available in Summer
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loans
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
  • Private/Alternative Loans
Qualifications for Federal Aid

Class Enrollment Requirements


  • For Federal Loans- 6 or more Financial Aid Eligible Hours
  • For Federal Pell Grants- 1-3 or more Financial Aid Eligible Hours

 Graduate Students:

  • 5 or more credit hours

Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements

Students who do not meet SAP may appeal based on extenuating circumstances. Deadlines to appeal are

  • Summer 2021 – Monday, June 28
  • Fall 2021 – Monday, September 6
  • Spring 2022 – Monday, January 31

For further information regarding SAP, please click here

**Private Loan requirements differ. A student should contact their lender for specific requirements.**
Applying for Summer Aid (3 Steps)
  1. Complete a 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (only required if applying for federal aid)
  1. Sign Up for Summer Classes

         A student's schedule should be FINALIZED before completing step 3 below.

  1. Complete a 2021 JMU Summer Aid Application available starting March 22 


Students only using Private Loans for summer are not required to complete a FAFSA

Click here to learn more about private loans.

Holds and Schedule Adjustments

Any student that completes a JMU Summer Aid Application will have a Registration Hold placed on their account to stop schedule adjustments that could change or cancel aid.


Adjustments that could affect a student’s summer aid include:

  • Reduction in credit hours
  • Reduction in number of weeks enrolled in classes
  • Dropping a class
  • Withdrawing from a class

This hold will remain on a students account until the end of ALL Summer classes In August

Students wishing to adjust their schedule after the Summer Registration Hold is placed on their account will need to submit a Summer Course Change Request Form.


Summer Awarding will begin in late April.

Students who have completed all their requirements will receive an email notification when awarded. This message will advise them to log in to MyMadison to view and accept any aid they wish to receive.


Disbursements and Refunds

Since funds are not available until class(es) start, students generally recieve summer aid as reimbursement.

It is possible for some student's disbursements and refunds to be delayed until after JMU's Fiscal Year Shutdown, which occurs from around the middle of June until shortly after July 1. No disbursements occur during this shutdown period.

 Come prepared to cover initial expenses and costs not covered by financial aid. 

The University Business Office will wait for aid to be disbursed that covers a student’s full bill. A student will need to pay for any remaining bill not covered by their financial aid.

Federal Pell Grants will not be available until after July 1

**Pell eligibility will be based on enrollment on July 1** 

Summer Aid FAQs

If you have further questions, you can email our summer aid team at summer_aid@jmu.edu.

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