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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Summer Financial Aid Information

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/campushub/summer/

Students may qualify for financial aid as a resource for Summer Term costs. You must be registered for summer courses and have a completed and processed 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with MSU, Mankato (school code 002360). It is recommended that you register for all Summer Term courses at once. Changes in registration may change your financial aid eligibility. 

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Important Dates

  • March 16, 2016: Summer course registration begins.
  • May 27, 2016: First disbursement of summer financial aid funds.
  • June 8, 2016:  Deadline to submit appeals to reinstate financial aid suspended for failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards.
  • June 30, 2016:  2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by the Federal Processor on or before this date.
  • July 15, 2016:  All summer term loans must be approved and certified.

Summer Financial Aid Criteria

  • 2015-2016 FAFSA.  Deadline is June 30, 2016. 
  • If you have completed a 2015-2016 FAFSA for MSU, Mankato (school code 002360), you do not need to complete another one.  If you completed one for another school, please update your FAFSA with our school code.

  • Register for ALL of your summer classes at mnsu.edu/eservices.
  • Know and understand your Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Individual student financial aid awards are limited to the student's eligibility and Cost of Attendance/Institutional Budget.

Students who graduated from a Minnesota high school who do not meet the citizenship requirements to complete the FAFSA can go to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education website for possible financial aid resources through the State of Minnesota.

Enrollment Requirements

For financial aid purposes, the Summer Term is considered to be the equivalent of one academic semester. For less than full-time enrollment, aid will be prorated. Your eligibility is determined based on the number of credits for which you are enrolled. Changes to your enrollment status may reduce or cancel your financial aid. 

Enrollment/Credit Requirements                                                

Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time Minimum
Undergraduate 12* 9-11 6-8 6

*  To be eligible for the maximum amount of the Minnesota State Grant, you must be enrolled for 15 credits. However, students who are enrolled for 3-14 credits may still have eligibility. Eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant may be possible for less than 6 credits.

  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 undergraduate level credit hours to qualify for federal student loans. 
  • Graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 graduate level credit hours to qualify for federal student loans.

Start dates of summer courses affect financial aid processing timelines and eligibility amounts. More information.

Enrolling at Another School:  If you are planning on registering for Summer courses at another school, you must complete a Consortium Agreement. Agreements for students attending other MnSCU schools are available at the Campus Hub.  Students attending non-MnSCU schools must make an appointment with a Financial Aid Advisor to complete the Consortium Agreement. To make an appointment, contact the Campus Hub at (507) 389-1866 or stop by 117 Centennial Student Union.

Cost of Attendance/Institutional Budget

Cost of Attendance (COA), or Institutional Budget, is the estimated direct and indirect school-related costs for each academic year.  These costs include tuition, fees, room, meals, books and supplies, and miscellaneous. The amount of a student’s COA is the maximum amount a student can receive in financial aid each academic year or semester.

Budget Adjustment:  The Budget Adjustment Request process reviews certain costs students may incur which are either not covered or exceed the amounts covered in the financial aid cost of attendance. This includes costs associated with: commuting, child care, study abroad, internship, student teaching, aviation flight labs, and required program equipment or materials. Please note that not all situations can be considered under this process.  Students seeking a budget adjustment must make an appointment with a Financial Aid Advisor. To make an appointment, contact the Campus Hub at (507) 389-1866 or stop by 117 Centennial Student Union.

Financial Aid Available for Summer and How to Apply

The types of financial aid available during the Summer Term are primarily limited to loans:  Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Student Loans, and other loan options. Federal and State Grant funds are available to those who qualify. Work Study and Federal Perkins student loan funding is NOT available for this Summer Term.

Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized student loans:  Federal Direct Loans are administered by the federal government and require repayment. Your eligibility is based on what you borrowed during the 2015-2016 academic year, grade classification, and dependent/independent status. You will automatically be considered for these funds by meeting the Summer Financial Aid Criteria, as noted above.

Other Loan Options

Federal Pell Grant and/or Minnesota State Grants

Grants are funds based on financial need and in general do not require repayment.

Federal Pell Grant and/or Minnesota State Grant may be available, depending on your 2015-2016 financial aid awards for the Fall and Spring Semesters and your enrollment for the Summer Term.  You will automatically be considered for these funds by meeting the Summer Financial Aid Criteria, as noted above.

Minnesota Post-Secondary Child Care Grant

Minnesota’s student population includes many parents who need affordable, quality child care in order to continue their education at a college or university. To be considered for this grant, you must meet the Summer Financial Aid Criteria, as noted above.

If you submitted an application for a Minnesota Child Care Grant during the 2015-2016 academic year, you do not need to submit a new application for Summer Term. 

If you are not currently receiving the Minnesota Child Care Grant, please print, complete and submit the Child Care application Minnesota Post-Secondary Child Care Grant Application to Student Financial Services as soon as possible, but no later than June 30, 2016. Funding is available for Summer Semester.

Minnesota GI Bill Grant Program

This grant program provides post-secondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans and service members as well as eligible spouses and children of deceased or severely disabled eligible Minnesota veterans. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per semester or term and part-time students may be eligible to receive up to $500 per semester or term.

If you submitted an application for a Minnesota GI Bill Grant during the 2015-2016 academic year, you do not need to submit a new application for Summer Term.

If you have not submitted an application for a Minnesota GI Bill Grant during the 2015-2016 academic year, the 2015-2016 application is available online.

Federal TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (TEACH) provides funds for students who plan to teach in designated math, science, special education, language, and other high-need subject fields. More information.

Accepting Summer Financial Aid

Two separate processes to accept awards and loans: Submit Award Response and Loan Acceptance

Submit Award Response:

  1. Login to mnsu.edu/eservices
  2. Select Financial Aid
  3. Confirm the semester displays Summer 2016. If not, select Change Semester, Summer 2016, Change Semester, then select Financial Aid.
  4. Under “Next Step” select “View your Award Notification”
  5. Complete all steps:
    1. Review Award Information
    2. Respond to Awards – in this section you may choose to accept a Federal Direct student loan by selecting “Request loan.” You will be taken to a separate page. Complete the loan acceptance steps and return to the Respond to Awards page to complete the remaining steps for your awards and loan request to be processed.
    3. Provide Additional Information
    4. Submit Award Response

Accept a Federal Direct student loan (only if you did not complete this in the Submit Award Response step above):

  1. Login to mnsu.edu/eservices
  2. Select Financial Aid
  3. Select Loans
  4. Complete Loan Acceptance steps for Summer 2016

Important: Private (non-federal) student loan applications will not be processed until you accept your award and your Federal Direct student loans. If you choose not to accept your Federal Direct student loans you must make an appointment with one of our Financial Aid Advisors to discuss this information.

If you choose to apply for other loan funding refer to the Other Loan Options section.