Summer School Information - Coastal Carolina University
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Summer study is a great way to get ahead or catch-up academically. Please review the information below as you consider the benefits and costs of CCU summer study.

Important Financial Information You Should Know:

Review the summer billing, payment, and disbursement schedule (under Important Student Accounts Dates).

Summer study is typically charged at a per credit hour rate. Calculate your costs.

Students should be prepared to pay for Maymester classes no later than May 7, 2020, if their financial aid is not yet processed. This deadline is strictly enforced.

All students requesting financial assistance to attend summer study at Coastal Carolina University should complete a 2020 Summer Application.

The priority deadline to submit a 2020 Summer Application (for any 2020 summer session) is May 29, 2020. Please notify Financial Aid and Scholarships if you make changes to your summer schedule after your 2020 Summer Financial Aid Application has been submitted. Changes to your summer class schedule will result in processing delays and may cause changes in eligibility.

Students applying for federal student aid for summer study must also have a completed 2019-2020 FAFSA on file. The federal deadline to apply is June 30, 2020.

For most students, summer financial aid consists of private student loans and/or Federal Parent/Graduate PLUS Loans. If you are interested in these types of loans for summer study, take the steps below to ensure your loans will be processed in time for Summer 2020:

Federal Pell Grant Recipients:

Effective July 1, 2017, an eligible Federal Pell Grant recipient can receive up to 150 percent (150%) of his or her scheduled Pell Grant award for the year. Students must be enrolled at least halftime in required coursework; six (6) credits over the entire summer award period (Maymester, Summer I and Summer II). The additional Pell Grant will be included in the student's 600 percent (600%) maximum Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used.

Federal Direct Student Loan Borrowers:

  • Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA if you have not already done so.
  • Complete a 2020 Summer Financial Aid Application and submit it before May 29, 2020.
    Note: If you have borrowed Direct Loan funds during the Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 term(s), you may not have remaining Direct Loan eligibility for summer study. Please visit our webpage for current annual loan limits.
  • First-time Direct Loan borrowers must sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN).
  • Students who are borrowing for the first time at CCU must complete online Entrance Loan Counseling.

Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan Borrowers:

  • Only fully-admitted graduate students are eligible to apply.
  • Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA if you have not already done so.
  • Submit a Direct PLUS loan application for Graduate/Professional Student using your (the student’s) FSA ID.
  • Complete a 2020 Summer Financial Aid Application and submit it before May 29, 2020.
  • First-time Direct Grad PLUS Loan borrowers must sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete Entrance Loan Counseling.

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Borrowers:

  • Only degree-seeking undergraduate dependent students are eligible for Federal Direct Parent PLUS.
  • Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA if you have not already done so.
  • Complete a 2020 Summer Financial Aid Application and submit it before May 29, 2020.
  • Parent borrower(s) must apply for a Direct PLUS loan using the Parent's FSA ID.
  • Sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN).

Private Student Loan Borrowers:

  • Complete a 2020 Summer Financial Aid Application and submit it before May 20, 2020.
  • Complete a loan application with the lender of your choice. Please click here more information.

Minimum Enrollment Requirements

For financial aid purposes, all summer sessions are combined into one processing term. To be considered for MOST financial aid, you must be enrolled at least halftime in required coursework. Halftime enrollment is defined as six (6) credit hours for undergraduate students and three (3) credit hours for graduate students (during the summer sessions only). The total of these credit hours may be achieved through enrollment in one or more summer session (May, Summer I and/or Summer II). Qualified students enrolled less than halftime may be eligible for private student loans.

Note that if enrolled in multiple summer sessions, financial aid funds may not be disbursed until enrollment has begun in all sessions.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

In order to receive federal aid* you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. Check your SAP status after each graded term via WebAdvisor. The annual SAP review is completed each year after Spring grades are final. Students who are not meeting SAP after this review are ineligible for summer federal financial aid and any previously awarded federal aid will be cancelled. Please note, due to the impacts of COVID-19 and the option to elect Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading through June 10, the SAP review may not be completed until all grades are finalized. 

Federal Regulation Regarding Required Coursework

As you schedule your summer classes, keep in mind that your enrollment status, in part, determines your federal aid* eligibility.  Your enrollment status for federal aid eligibility is determined by how many eligible Title IV credits you are completing. A helpful tool in determining your enrollment status is your Program Evaluation

How to access your program evaluation:

  • Log into the Student Menu in WebAdvisor. On the right-hand column, under Academic Planning, click on Program evaluation.
  • Choose your active program. Please note that you should only have one active program available. If the program listed is not your intended major, please see your academic advisor immediately for assistance with changing your academic program.
  • Be sure to select A-All (includes planned) for the work you wish to include.
  • When your program evaluation displays, scroll down to the bottom and take note of any courses that are included in the 'Other' section. These courses are not included in your enrollment status for federal aid eligibility; therefore, you may wish to discuss these courses with your academic advisor and/or a financial aid counselor to determine if it is in your best interest to complete them.

Federal Regulation Regarding Repeat Courses

A student is able to receive federal aid* for a previously passed course only once more when the repeated course results in a grade

*Federal aid includes the PELL, SEOG, IASG and TEACH Grants, Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, Direct Parent PLUS Loans, Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, and Federal Work Study. Additionally, the South Carolina Need Based Grant follows all federal Title IV regulations.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility for financial aid during the summer, please stop by our office in Baxley Hall 219 and a financial aid counselor will be happy to assist you.