Summer Financial Aid
Summer is considered a "leading" semester for the
fall and spring semesters. As a result, students who are requesting aid for
summer must have submitted a FAFSA for the upcoming school year (for example,
for summer 2014, the 2014-2015 FAFSA results must be on file in our office) and
will be awarded aid for the entire aid award year (summer, fall, spring).
Students must take this into account when accepting aid for summer, since
summer aid will reduce the amount they will have available for the following fall
and spring semesters when most students take more credit hours. An SDSM&T
Summer Financial Aid Application, available at the link below, must
also be completed and submitted to our office before you will be considered for summer aid.
If you are just beginning your college
career during the summer of 2014, or if you did not attend full time
during both fall 2013 and spring 2014, you should make sure the School
of Mines has your 2013-2014 FAFSA record so that we can see if you have
any aid eligibility remaining so as to minimize the impact of summer aid
on aid eligibility for fall 2014 and spring 2015.
For Financial Aid purposes, enrollment
status during the summer (full, 3/4, 1/2 and less than half time) is the
same as it is for the fall and spring semesters. For example, over the
course of the summer, undergraduate students must take 12 credit hours
and graduate students must take 9 credit hours to be considered full
time. As a general rule, you must be taking at least a half time course
load (6 credits for undergraduate and 4.5 credits for graduate students)
to be eligible for summer financial aid.
Summer 2014 Financial Aid Application