For financial aid purposes, the Summer Session 2023 is treated as a trailer to the 2022-2023 Academic Year. This means that your aid eligibility is determined by the information on your 2022-2023 FAFSA as well as the amounts of aid you received (if any) during the previous Fall and Spring semesters. Some awards may require that you maintain a minimum half-time enrollment (UG = 6 credits, GR = 3 credits) throughout the entire Summer Session.
Financial aid for the Summer term is limited to the Federal Pell Grant, Pacific Islander Scholarship and Federal Direct or Private Loans. In general, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a classified student for the Summer term
- Complete a FAFSA for the current academic year
- Not have exhausted your aid eligibility for the current academic year
- Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress toward your declared program of study
If all of the above are true and you have registered for Summer courses, the Financial Aid Office will automatically determine if you are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and/or the Pacific Islander Scholarship. If you are eligible, you will be sent a notification email.
If you have not exhausted your Federal Direct Loan eligibility and would like to apply for the Summer term, you must complete and submit a Loan Request Form or email our office from your Hawaii.edu address. For private loans, you must apply directly with your lender.
Once the Summer Session has started, your course schedule will be monitored on a weekly basis and your aid and disbursement dates will be adjusted accordingly. You are not eligible to receive aid for courses that you drop, withdraw, or repeat more than once after previously earning a passing grade. Non-attendance, complete withdrawal and unearned grades (F's) may reduce your aid eligibility. We suggest you check with our office before making any changes to your schedule to determine the impact to your awards.
Important: Please be aware that in some cases, receiving a Pell Grant in the Summer could reduce your Pell Grant in the following Fall or Spring terms. Also, disbursement dates and amounts will vary based on your class schedule and will begin No Earlier than May 18, 2023. Loans and some Pell Grants will not be disbursed until 8-10 days before the start of your 6th credit (3rd for graduate students).
If you are planning to register for Summer courses (applicable towards your degree) through another UH System campus, in addition to your UH Hilo courses, please be sure to submit a UH Hilo Prior Authorization for Transfer Credit for Financial Aid Form (PDF). You must maintain at least three (3) credits at UH Hilo to be eligible. Your eligibility for additional financial aid for those courses will be reviewed. Only courses that are CPoS* eligible will be considered for calculating Title IV aid eligibility
For information regarding class availability and registration fees, please visit the Summer Session website.
Attention: Students Receiving Pell Grants
Beginning the 2018 Summer Session, the US Department of Education re-instated Year-Round Pell Grants. Year-round Pell allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year so that they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise. Students must still meet all the eligibility requirements. For more information contact the Financial Aid Office.