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Spring-Summer Aid

At WSU, the 2014 spring-summer semester is part of the 2013-14 academic year and a 2013-14 FAFSA is requiredWe will use your FAFSA information to determine your aid eligibility.

Plan to enroll in spring-summer? You may be eligible for student loans if you didn't borrow all of your funds in fall or winter semester.

Let us know if you plan to enroll and want to use work-study funding by completing the form below.

Spring-summer work-study awards - We are currently out of federal work-study funding for spring-summer

You must ACCEPT a loan offer via Pipeline before your term ends, or the loan offer cannot be processed with the Department of Education. 

  • You must be enrolled at least half-time or funds will not be applied.

You are responsible for completing all required loan entrance counseling, loan promissory notes and any PLUS loan applications online at studentloans.gov. Log-in with your FAFSA PIN.  

Spring or Summer Session Withdrawals

If you withdraw from all courses in any summer session, and do not indicate your intent to attend courses, we are required to calculate an amount of financial aid to return to federal programs. This may leave you with a balance owed to the university,

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Spring/Summer Aid and Your Progress Status

We will begin reviewing winter 2014 grades in May, in order to determine your satisfactory academic progress (SAP) status. Your spring and summer 2014 SAP status will be posted on Pipeline, under the Financial Aid tab. Watch your WSU email for more information.

If you have been DENIED Financial Aid, you MUST FILE A SAP APPEAL if you want us to reconsider your eligibility. This applies even if you disagree with your status or feel you have special circumstances.

Not everyone who files an appeal will be approved. You must demonstrate a clear ability to meet SAP standards.

Award Notification

Spring/summer award offers may be viewed on WSU Pipeline (pipeline.wayne.edu). We will send a message to your WSU email account advising you to review your financial aid information in Pipeline. Financial Aid staff are available in the Welcome Center lobby if you wish to discuss your eligibility.

Federal Pell Grant Limits

Undergraduates who did not receive a maximum Federal Pell Grant award for the 2013-14 award year may be eligible to receive funds for the spring/summer semester. There is no "extra" Pell Grant for the spring/summer semesters. If you received the maximum in fall and winter terms, then you will have NO remaining eligibility for spring/summer term.

  • The amount of the Pell Grant alone is not enough to cover the full cost of your tuition and fees.
  • The amount of Pell Grant funds that can disburse is contingent on enrollment for the semester.

For example, if your Pell Grant for the year is $4,000 and you receive $2,000 in Fall and $1,000 in Winter, then you may be eligible for the remaining $1,000 in Spring/Summer.

 Fall Pell - $2,000 (50%)  Winter Pell - $1,000 (25%)  Spring/Summer - $1,000 (25%)

If your Pell Grant for the year is for $4,000 and you receive $2,000 in Fall and $2,000 in Winter, then you will have no remaining eligibility for Spring/Summer.

 Fall Pell - $2,000 (50%)  Winter Pell - $2,000 (50%)  Spring/Summer - 0

Important Reminder: Every student’s eligibility is different. Your actual Spring/Summer Pell Grant may vary depending on your EFC, your remaining Pell Grant eligibility, and your spring/summer enrollment status.

Stafford Loan Eligibility

Did you borrow the maximum loan amount for your grade level during the fall and winter semesters?

If yes, you are NOT eligible to borrow Stafford loans during the spring/summer semester.

  • The total amount of Stafford loans borrowed for the fall 2013, winter 2014, and spring/summer 2014 semesters cannot exceed the annual loan limit for your grade level.
  • You will be offered the maximum loan amount for your grade level.
  • Summer cost of attendance is based on 6 credits for an undergraduate and 5 credits for a graduate student.
Dependent Student:
Base Amount
Additional Unsubsidized Loan
Total Annual Combined Maximum Amount 
Independent Student (and Dependent Students Whose Parents are Denied a PLUS Loan):
Base Amount
Additional Unsubsidized Loan
Total Annual Combined Maximum Amount
Graduate Student:
Base Amount
Additional Unsubsidized Loan
Total Annual Combined Maximum Amount


Federal Parent PLUS or Graduate PLUS Loans

The borrower MUST compete the PLUS loan application online at studentloans.gov. Apply for the 2013-14 award year. If you select the 2014-15 award year, your application cannot be processed for summer 2014.

Parents: If this is your first time borrowing you must complete a Parent PLUS Master Promissory Note online at studentloans.gov. If an endorser is required, you and your endorser must sign a new promissory note every time you wish to borrow.

Graduate Students: If this is your first time borrowing you must complete Graduate PLUS Loan entrance counseling and a Graduate PLUS Master Promissory Note online at studentloans.gov. If an endorser is required, you and your endorser must sign a new promissory note every time you wish to borrow.

See our web pages for more information on Federal Parent PLUS and Graduate PLUS loans.

Spring Summer Enrollment Requirements

You remain responsible for all charges, regardless of whether you receive aid.

  • If you enroll in additional credits after disbursement of the spring/summer loan, you may have additional tuition charges.
  • If you drop credits or enroll less-than-half time before disbursement of the loan, you will no longer be eligible for the loan.
  • If you withdraw from all classes (officially or unofficially), you may no longer be eligible for the full amount of your loan.

 Spring Summer Enrollment Status:

Enrollment Status Undergraduate Graduate Student PharmD JD Law Student
Full Time 12+ credits 2+ credits 6+ credits 5+ credits
3/4 Time 9-11 credits NA NA NA
Half Time 6-8 credits 1 credit 3-5 credits 3-4 credits
Less Than Half Time 1-5 credits NA 1-2 credits 1-2 credits

Enrollment requirements for other semesters

College Work-study

  • A Federal College Work-study award is not a guarantee of a job. You must find employment in order to earn the funds.
  • College work-study is a federally funded program designed for students who have financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
  • There is limited work-study funding available in the summer. Awards are granted on a first come, first served basis.

Summer Award Period

Summer awards are separate from academic year awards—they do not rollover. Unused funds from the academic year cannot be used for the summer. The spring/summer work-study work period begins April 28, 2014 and ends in August 17, 2014.

Award Requirements

  • Your 2013-14 FAFSA must be on file with the Financial Aid Office and MUST show unmet need.
  • You must be meeting satisfactory academic progress standards and be eligible for aid.
  • You must enroll at least half time during the summer. Undergraduates must be enrolled in at least 6 credits; graduate students must be enrolled for at least 1 credit.
  • If you do not take summer courses, but intend to enroll in the fall 2014 semester, you may declare an off-semester by submitting the "Off Semester Form" to the Career Services Office.
  • You must accept your award offer in Pipeline.
  • You may work up to 20 hours per week while you are enrolled.
  • It is your responsibility to complete the necessary payroll paperwork with your employer. You must submit time sheets promptly. Allow 3 to 4 weeks to receive your first paycheck after you and your employer complete the necessary payroll paperwork.

Finding a Job

Visit the Career Services Office for current openings. Carefully read the Student Guide to On-Campus Employment for information and instructions about the employment process.