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Summer Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid is available for the Summer Sessions, though requirements differ from the Fall and Spring Semesters.

Eligibility for Summer 2021 Financial Aid


To be considered, students must:

  • Submit both a 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • Be accepted as a student to SUNY Orange;
  • Be matriculated into a degree or certificate bearing program (certificate programs must consist of 24 or more credit hours);
  • Be enrolled in course(s) applicable to degree or certificate program;
  • Be in good academic standing according to the published standards on the SUNY Orange financial aid web site;
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Complete ALL outstanding requirements for 2020-2021 and 2021-2020 award years.
    • If you are selected for Federal Verification, it must be competed as well.

To Apply for Summer 2021 Financial Aid

Students applying for federal financial aid for the Summer 2021 Sessions must:

  • Register for summer course(s);
  • Submit both a 2020-2021 AND 2021-2022 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • All outstanding requirement, documents, and forms must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.
    • Please note that if selected for Federal Verification for the 2021-2022 aid year, Federal Verification must be completed with INCEPTIA before we can award.
  • Complete a Summer Aid Form
  • You can either choose to use leftover financial aid from 2020-2021 OR use aid from 2021-2021, which would reduce your eligibility for the 2021-2022 aid year.

Bookstore Credit

Bookstore credit is not available for the Summer Sessions.  Any excess financial aid will be refunded to the student by the Student Accounts Office.  For questions about refunds, contact Student Accounts.

Recalculation of Summer Financial Aid

If a student drops a summer class, or if a summer class is cancelled, financial aid will be recalculated. As a result, the student may be required to repay federal and/or state aid. Attendance is mandatory for students receiving financial aid for summer and applicable refund checks cannot be issued until attendance has been verified.

Federal Financial Aid Programs for Summer

Summer financial aid differs from the fall and spring semesters.  When it comes to Pell eligibility, summer enrollment is attached as a "trailer" to the preceding award year. SUNY Orange offers a number of summer sessions of differing lengths in an effort to be responsive to the needs of the student body. For the purposes of federal financial aid programs, the separate sessions are combined into one term.

Pell:  Students have two options for receiving their Summer 2021 Federal Pell Grant:

  • Option 1: Use any leftover Pell eligibility from the 2020-2021 aid year


  • Option 2: Use your 2021-2022 Pell eligibility to pay for Summer 2020, which would result in reducing the amount of Pell money you would receive for the Spring 2021 semester. 

Direct Loans: Students (including transfer and readmit students) who attended Fall/Spring semesters in 2020-2021 aid year and who have already received a subsidized and/or unsubsidized direct student loan during the year should review the annual and aggregate loan limits.  A student who has borrowed the maximum per year amount cannot borrow additional funds for Summer sessions, although a parent may be eligible to borrow through the Federal Direct Plus Loan program for undergraduate students.

Work-Study Program: Matriculated students wanting to work on campus should complete a College Work-Study Request form.  Continuing students, who have been awarded work-study for the 2020-2021 academic year, are eligible to continue working until June 30, 2020. To be eligible for federal work-study beginning after July 1, 2020, students must submit a 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must be pre-registered for Fall 2020 courses.

Due to Covid-19, Summer 2021 College Work Study may not be available.  More information to follow.

Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving educational benefits are eligible for tuition deferral equal to the amount of the authorized advance payment. Paperwork must be submitted and approved by the Veterans Certifying Official, Kelly Jonigan.   

New York State Financial Aid Program for Summer

Under certain circumstances, a student can receive an award for summer study that is in addition to the regular annual Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award. Such additional awards for summer study are considered accelerated TAP.  Accelerated TAP is available for full-time and half-time undergraduate summer study.

To be eligible for an accelerated summer payment, a student receiving a first award in the 2006-07 academic year and thereafter must satisfy these criteria in addition to the standard TAP eligibility requirements:

  • Be full time in the prior spring term;
  • Earn 24 credits from the same institution in the prior two terms (3 credit equivalents in remedial study in each term are permitted as part of the total 24 credits, or 18 credits plus 6 credit equivalents); this requirement must be met each time an accelerated award is sought;
  • Enroll part-time for at least six but fewer than 12 semester hours applicable to the program of study for a half-time accelerated payment.
  • Enroll full-time for at least 12 credits applicable to the program of study for a full-time accelerated payment.

Please Note:

  • The TAP application deadline is June 30 of the academic year for which aid is sought.
  • For TAP purposes, all summer sessions are combined and treated as a single term. 


Academic Requirements

Students who attended SUNY Orange during the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 semester(s) will be reviewed for Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined for federal aid eligibility, whether or not they previously applied for or received federal financial aid.

Students who received New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) or Aid for Part-time Study (APTS) grants will be reviewed for NYS Satisfactory Academic Progress based on the Spring 2021 semester.

Grades such as F, W, I or U may be considered ‘unsatisfactory progress’. Students deemed ineligible for state and federal financial aid will not be eligible for any Summer session aid, including state or federal grants and/or loans. (NOTE: If a Satisfactory Academic Progress review has not been completed by the first day of Summer Session I, students should contact the Financial Aid Office.)