Requirements

  • Students must have a current academic year FAFSA on file.
  • After registering for the winter intersession, complete the Winter Intersession Application and turn it into the Financial Aid Office. The Winter Intersession Financial Aid Form will be available when registration starts in November.
  • Students should only complete the form if they want to use remaining Direct loan eligibility or have already borrowed the maximum in other loan eligibility.

 Loan eligibility

  • Loans are the only type of aid available for Winter Intersession, either Direct, Parent PLUS, Graduate PLUS or private student loans.
  • If the student is already receiving the maximum Federal Direct loan for their grade level (freshmen - $5,500, sophomore - $6,500, juniors and seniors - $7,500, or graduate students - $20,500), then only Parent PLUS LoansGraduate PLUS Loans or private student loans might be available. These loans require a separate application.
  • Additional eligibility for loans will be limited to the cost of Winter Intersession tuition and fees. When fees are known, it should be posted on the Cost to Attend website.
  • If the student has not borrowed the maximum Parent PLUS LoanGraduate PLUS Loan or private student loan estimate on their award, the borrower can apply for those loans without needing to complete the Winter Intersession Application. 

 Winter Intersession billing

  • Winter Intersession costs may be billed separately, but any approved Winter Intersession aid is part of the Spring Semester and will be disbursed along with the Spring aid (usually the first day of Spring Semester).

3 credits Winter Intersession and 3 credits in Spring

Important: If a student is taking 3 credits in Winter Intersession and is only taking 3 credits in the spring semester, even though they would be considered half-time for financial aid purposes, they will be considered to be less than half-time for enrollment purposes and will be reported to the National Clearinghouse (and therefore the National Student Loan Data System) as less than half-time. This could cause the student to go into repayment on their student loans sooner than they might expect.