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Summer Financial Aid Information

Undergraduate Students

Financial aid for Boston College's summer sessions is limited. Federal Direct Loans, in some cases the Pell grant, and private educational loans are the only sources of funding available for summer enrollment.

To be considered for any Federal financial aid, all students must be at least half-time (6 credits) in a degree program and must have completed Boston College's financial aid application process. Visit for more information.

Federal Work-Study

A student interested in Summer Work-Study should complete the Summer Work-Study Application.

Federal Direct Loans

A student may be eligible to borrow the Direct Loan for the summer term if the student did not borrow all of his/her annual loan limit during the prior academic year or will not be borrowing the annual loan limit for the coming academic year due to attendance for only one semester. In addition, a student is eligible to borrow if the summer term is the student's final enrollment period. Students must also be enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours) over the course of both summer sessions to be eligible. For more information on the Direct Loan, please visit

Federal and State Grants

Federal Pell grants are awarded to students demonstrating substantial financial eligibility, based on information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who were enrolled full time for both fall and spring semester and received their maximum Pell award during the academic year are eligible for an additional Pell Grant in the summer. Eligible students "shall" be awarded up to one and one-half Federal Pell Grants (i.e., 150 percent of the student's scheduled award) during a single award year. The student must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis in the payment period during which the additional Pell Grant funds are received. All Pell Grant funds received must be counted towards the student's overall lifetime eligibility limits. Please contact your financial aid advisor for additional details. Other Federal and state grants are generally not available for summer enrollment.

Federal Direct PLUS

Parents may apply for a Direct PLUS loan to cover summer educational expenses.

A Federal Direct PLUS is a Federal credit-based loan that is available to assist parents with the costs of higher education. The Direct PLUS is available to parents of dependent undergraduate students. The parent applicant must pass the PLUS loan credit check review and must not have an adverse credit history. Additionally, as of July 1, 2012, a FAFSA must be filed for the student.The parent borrower and student must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The student for whom the Direct PLUS is requested must be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours in a degree-granting program. The credit hours must be accepted toward his/her degree program. For more information, please go to

Private Educational Loans

Students and/or parents can apply for a private educational loan for the summer. For more information, please visit