Students interested in receiving financial aid for the summer period may apply for summer financial aid beginning February 15 each year. Summer applications will be available both from the Financial Aid Office in the Student Service Center and on our website. Applications are due April 1.
To receive student loans, a student must be enrolled at least half time in the summer, which is two credit hours. The student also needs to have a current FAFSA on file. Students desiring to receive loans from the federal government for summer of 2016 must have completed a 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who have not completed the 2015-16 FAFSA may do so at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Students must indicate on their summer applications the number of credits and the period(s) they will attend. Applications are processed once the student is registered for the number of credits they indicated on the financial aid application.
Student loans are available both for study at Detroit Mercy or at host schools and study abroad programs.
Study abroad or at another institution
Students attending classes at another institution or in another institution's study abroad program must meet with Associate Dean Jennings to have their program of study approved before they may apply for financial aid to attend that program. Students should e-mail Dean Jennings for an appointment.
If permission is granted, the student must apply to and be accepted at the school at which the student's program of study is offered. Students must complete the Summer Financial Aid Application if the program will take place in the summer or the Financial Aid Office if the program is during the regular academic year.
Students will need to provide the contact information for the program or financial aid office at the host school which they will attend. In addition, the student is responsible to make sure that the Financial Aid Office gets a copy of the permission letter from Assistant Dean Jennings and the letter of good standing from Dean Lewins-Peck. Aid will be processed only for programs approved by Dean Jennings.
Once the Financial Aid Office receives the student's application information and letters, the host school will be contacted to request financial information on a consortium agreement. The host school must be willing to participate in a consortium arrangement in order for Detroit Mercy to process any federal financial aid for the program. Loans will be certified in the lower amount of the amount the student requests or the cost of attendance amount reported by the host school on the consortium agreement, plus origination fees if applicable.
As federal regulations state that the school may release funds to the student no more than 10 days before classes begin, the Financial Aid Office will request funds to be released by the Student Accounting Office on the first available date including or subsequent to the tenth day before the student's classes begin at the host school. If the student is enrolled both at Detroit Mercy and a host school during the same period, the disbursement date(s) will be calculated based on the starting dates for each program.