Spring/Summer Aid

The Spring/Summer financial aid process is a bit different both for students entering U-M or attending as a continuing student during these optional academic terms.  See the section below specific to your situation.

If you are a first-time, dependent undergraduate planning to attend U-M beginning Spring or Summer terms, we must receive aid application materials for Spring/Summer and the coming Fall/Winter terms to process your aid. This includes the FAFSA, PROFILE, plus any additional documents requested by our office. Here are the deadlines:


Special notes to Spring/Summer admits:

  • Do not submit a Spring/Summer Request for Funds, which is used only by continuing students.
  • Do not wait to be admitted before applying for aid. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.
  • Bridge Students: If you will start at U-M in the Summer Bridge Program, visit the Bridge web page for additional information specific to that program.

To apply for Spring/Summer aid, complete a Spring/Summer Request for Funds Form and other supplemental materials that are found below or on our Forms page (available Feb. 1 through July 31 each year). If you are studying abroad, do not complete an RFF, but fill out a Spring/Summer Study Abroad Financial Aid Request form, also found on the Forms page.

You must be registered at least half-time for Spring/Summer classes at UM-Ann Arbor in order to receive financial aid.  If you have not yet completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current year, you must complete it now to apply for Spring/Summer aid.

Example:  If you are applying for 2017 Spring/Summer Aid and have already submitted a 2016-2017 FAFSA for Fall/Winter aid, do not submit another FAFSA when applying. (If you did NOT submit a 2016-2017 FAFSA, you must file one to be considered for Spring/Summer 2017 aid. The Office of Financial Aid might ask for additional materials as your application is reviewed.)

There are limits on the amount of Federal Direct Loans you are eligible to receive. These limits are important to consider if you are attending Spring/Summer terms at U-M, because too much borrowing during these optional academic terms could affect your ability to borrow as you reach the end of your college career.

These limits include:

  • Annual loan limits, or how much you can receive each year. The loans you are eligible to receive each academic year will depend upon your year in school and whether you are a dependent or independent student. For undergraduates, the amount of subsidized loans is limited.
  • Aggregate loan limits, or the total that you may borrow for undergraduate and graduate study. If the total loan amount you receive over the course of your education reaches the aggregate loan limit, you will have no eligibility for federal loans to finish your education.

    For more about loan limits, call and speak with a financial aid counselor or visit the Federal Student Aid website.
We encourage U-M students to be smart about borrowing.

Initial financial aid offers for some undergraduates will not include Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans, although these loans are available to eligible students through a special process. This process includes an online tutorial, calculating cumulative student debt and considering what it will cost to take out an additional loan.

Students requesting a Federal Direct Loan for Spring/Summer will also meet with a financial aid officer to discuss their cumulative borrowing.

More about the U-M Smart Borrowing program