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 2016, the 2016-2017 FAFSA results must be on file in our office) and
will be awarded aid for the entire aid award year (summer, fall, spring). Students should take this into account when accepting aid for summer, since summer aid will reduce the amount available for the following fall and spring semesters when most students take more credit hours. A SD Mines 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 2016, or if you did not attend full time during both fall 2015 and spring 2016, you should make sure SD Mines has your 2015-2016 FAFSA record so that we can determine if you have
any aid eligibility remaining so as to minimize the impact of summer aid on eligibility for fall 2016 and spring 2017.
Because summer is treated as a standard term for Federal Student 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. As a result, we are able to combine enrollments for the sessions you plan to attend in order to arrive at your enrollment status for the summer term. The combined credits over the course of the summer are then used for disbursement of aid, usually at the beginning of your first session of attendance. As a general rule, you must be enrolled as at least a half time student (6 credits for undergraduate and 4.5 credits for graduate students) to be eligible for summer financial aid. (An exception is available for graduate students enrolled in 2 credit hours of research or dissertation. This does not mean that graduate students enrolled in more than 2 but less than 9 credits are considered full time; this exception only applies to graduate students enrolled in 2 credits for research or dissertation. Dr. Wells, Dean of Graduate Education, has indicated that the matter of graduate student enrollment for summer will be addressed more fully during the fall 2016 semester.)
Summer 2016 Financial Aid Application