Is Financial Aid Available for Summer Courses?

Posted: January 31, 2023 | Author: Kierstin Pitcher-Holloway | Read Time: 2 minutes

Summer studentWhatever a student’s degree goals might be, summer semester at Southern Utah University can help achieve them. Taking classes in the summer helps students save both time and money, while still receiving the same high-quality instruction from the same world-class professors as they do in the fall and spring semesters. 

Can I Afford Summer Semester? 

While it saves students money in the long run, many wonder if they can afford summer semester now. Many college students take the summer to work and save money for the upcoming year. And the additional expense of another semester can seem daunting when living on a college budget. However, taking classes during summer semester is more affordable than you think. 

The summer semesters follow the same tuition rates as fall and spring semesters, with one notable exception: all in-state and out-of-state students receive the in-state tuition rate, regardless of whether you are an out-of-state student or not. This means that staying for summer could save you a lot of money and help you finish your degree faster.

Summer Semester Financial Aid Options

And here is the great news: financial aid is now available in the summer! Summer semesters are considered part of the academic year for federal financial aid programs, meaning students may have additional benefits available they don’t know about. 

Pell Grants

Pell grants are available for all three semesters. Instead of a four-year basis, tuition waivers/scholarships are now awarded on an 8-semester basis. This allows students the flexibility to apply them to any semester in which they are enrolled. Qualifying students can also apply for state and federal aid loans to further reduce expenses.

Financial Wellness at SUU can assist in everything from completing the FAFSA, to applying for scholarships, learning to budget and overcoming financial hardships to stay in school. Meet SUU's financial coordinator and schedule an appointment today.


Available for current or new SUU undergraduate or graduate students who want to accelerate their time to graduation, the 2023 Summer Scholarship is available this year. 

Additional scholarships may be available to students who meet certain eligibility requirements, such as transfer or returning students. A full list of current SUU scholarships is available from the SUU Financial Aid office.

For more questions, students should contact the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department or set up an appointment with their financial aid advisor.


Most summer courses are available in 7-week and full-term formats. So you can make summer count by focusing on that hard course you’ve been putting off or finishing your general education courses so you can graduate sooner. If you’re looking for better job opportunities, a step ahead in your education, or an affordable adventure-filled summer, then register for your summer courses today and spend your summer at SUU.

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