Aid during spring-summer

At WSU, the 2018 spring-summer semester is part of the 2017-18 academic year and a 2017-18 FAFSA is required. We will use your 2017-18 FAFSA information to determine your aid eligibility.

Plan to enroll in spring-summer? You may be eligible for student loans if you did not borrow all your funds in fall or winter semester. These forms will be available in spring 2018:

Spring-summer 2018 loan request form

Spring-summer 2018 federal work-study request form

Spring-summer Intent to Attend after Withdrawal form

Spring or summer session withdrawals

Caution: If you withdraw from all courses in any summer session, and do not indicate your intent to attend courses, we are required to calculate an amount of financial aid to return to federal programs. This may leave you with a balance owed to the university,

If you drop credits or enroll less-than-half time before disbursement of the loan, you will no longer be eligible for the loan.

Intent to attend future courses forms

Satisfactory academic progress

We will begin reviewing winter 2018 grades in May, to determine your satisfactory academic progress (SAP) status. Your spring and summer 2018 SAP status will be posted on Academica. In the WSU Resources section, select Student Resources. Watch your WSU email for more information.

  • If you have been denied financial aid, you must file a SAP appeal if you want us to reconsider your eligibility. Not everyone who files an appeal will be approved. You must demonstrate a clear ability to meet SAP standards.

Award notification

Spring/summer award offers may be viewed on WSU Academica and will be posted beginning in April. We will send a message to your WSU email account advising you to review Academica. Financial aid staff are available in the Welcome Center lobby if you wish to discuss your eligibility.

Spring-summer disbursements

Financial aid will not disburse after the first day of the semester until your class participation is confirmed by your instructor.  If your participation is not confirmed in all classes your aid may be reduced or cancelled. 

If you enroll in a later starting course, funds will not disburse until at least 10 days prior to the start of class. If you enroll only in a shortened module course, your cost of attendance and awards may be adjusted.

Your participation in class must be confirmed by your instructor. If you fail to attend class your financial aid will be reduced or canceled. This could cause a balance owed to the University.

Students will begin receiving semester refunds the first week of classes. ​If you add a class after your aid is refunded, remember to pay your balance before late fees are charged.

Spring-summer disbursement dates

Summer awards

Federal Pell Grant limits

Undergraduates who did not receive a maximum Federal Pell Grant award for the award year may be eligible to receive funds for the spring/summer semester. There is no "extra" Pell Grant for the spring/summer semesters. If you received the maximum in fall and winter terms, then you will have NO remaining eligibility for spring/summer term.

  • The amount of the Pell Grant alone is not enough to cover the full cost of your tuition and fees.
  • The amount of Pell Grant funds that can disburse is contingent on enrollment for the semester.

For example, if your Pell Grant for the year is $4,000 and you receive $2,000 in Fall and $1,000 in Winter, then you may be eligible for the remaining $1,000 in Spring/Summer.

 Fall Pell - $2,000 (50%)  Winter Pell - $1,000 (25%)  Spring/Summer - $1,000 (25%)

If your Pell Grant for the year is for $4,000 and you receive $2,000 in fall and $2,000 in winter, then you will have no remaining eligibility for spring/summer.

 Fall Pell - $2,000 (50%)  Winter Pell - $2,000 (50%)  Spring/Summer - 0

Federal Direct loan eligibility

Did you borrow the maximum loan amount for your grade level during the fall and winter semesters? If yes, you are NOT eligible to borrow federal direct loans during the spring/summer semester.

  • You must ACCEPT a loan offer via Academica before your term ends or the loan offer cannot be processed with the Department of Education. 
  • You must be enrolled at least half-time or funds will not be applied.
  • You are responsible for completing all required loan entrance counseling, loan promissory notes, and any PLUS Loan applications online at Log in with your FAFSA PIN.

Federal Parent PLUS or Grad PLUS Loans

The borrower MUST complete the PLUS loan application online at

  • Apply for the 2017-18 award year. If you select the 2018-19 award year, your application cannot be processed for summer 2018.

See our web pages for more information on Federal Parent PLUS and Grad PLUS Loans.

Federal Work-study

Work-study is a federally funded program designed for students who have financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

  • A Federal Work-study award is not a guarantee of a job. You must find employment to earn the funds.
  • There is limited work-study funding available in the summer. Awards are granted on a first come, first served basis.
  • You must enroll at least half time during the summer. Undergraduates must be enrolled in at least 6 credits; graduate students must be enrolled for at least 1 credit.
  • If you do not take summer courses, but intend to enroll in the fall semester, you may declare an off-semester by submitting the "Off Semester Form" to the Career Services Office.
  • You may work up to 20 hours per week while you are enrolled.

To be paid, it is your responsibility to complete the necessary payroll paperwork with your employer and submit time sheets promptly. Allow 3 to 4 weeks to receive your first paycheck after you and your employer complete the necessary payroll paperwork. 

Federal work-study funds for the 2018 spring-summer award period may be used only during the spring-summer semester (assuming the student has a work-study award for the 2018 spring-summer award period).