Financial Aid for Summer Terms
Financial aid is available for students who attend MCC during the Summer sessions and meet the general eligibility requirements.
General eligibility requirements can be found on the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid web page for the Federal Aid Programs and on the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation's web page for NYS Aid Programs using the following links:
Federal Aid Programs
NYS Aid Programs
In addition, in order to receive summer financial aid, students must:
- Be Matriculated in a Degree Program. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have not completed an Admissions Application.
- Be certified as having attended class by instructors on the Class Attendance Rosters.
- Meet satisfactory academic progress standards at the end of the previous spring semester as required for Federal and State Financial Aid eligibility. Please refer to the Monroe Community College catalog.
- Have complied with the Financial Aid Office's request for documentation.
- Have fulfilled the loan counseling requirements (if paying with a student loan) and signed promissory note if required.
Available Aid Programs:
The following types of financial aid for summer are available to those who meet the eligibility guidelines:
- Federal PELL Grant - Awards are based on need as determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Federal Direct Student Loans - Students must be registered for at least six credit hours to receive a Federal Direct Student Loan. Any loan money borrowed for the summer term counts against annual aggregate loan limit for the remainder of the academic year.
- Federal Work Study - Awards are based on need and cost of attendance. Employment begins after July 1.
- New York State TAP - Awards are based on need as determined by the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation. Students must be registered for at least six credit hours for the Summer term, be enrolled full time during the preceding Spring semester and have earned 24 or more credit hours at MCC during the prior two semesters.
- NOTE: Due to New York State budgetary procedures, TAP is not available to pay for summer charges prior to the semester so students who intend to use TAP need to make other payment arrangements, and are usually reimbursed approximately 18 months later when New York State makes summer TAP funds available to schools from the previous year.
For more information on the federal and state aid programs, please visit the Types of Aid section of our web page.
How To Apply:
To apply for all federal and state aid programs, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students interested in the Federal Direct Student Loan program and the Federal Work Study program will need to complete additional applications which can be found on the Forms page of this web site. In addition, NYS requires a separate application to be filed for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). This can be done online after the student has filed their FAFSA, at www.tapweb.org.
For financial aid purposes, the summer term begins the new academic year and it is important for students to file the correct FAFSA for the appropriate academic year. For example, students who plan to enroll in courses for the 2012 summer term, must file the 2012-13 FAFSA. Students who plan to enroll in classes for 2013 summer term, must file the 2013-14 FAFSA.
Please be aware that the financial aid application process can be lengthy and additional information may be required from students and parents. Applicants are encouraged to file as soon as possible after January 1st. The quickest way to file your FAFSA is via "FAFSA on the Web" at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Guidelines for the application process can be found in the Applying section of this web site.
Deferments, Bookstore Credit & Disbursement of Aid:
Students can apply for a deferment of summer tuition after April 15 if they have filed a FAFSA and can demonstrate eligibility (with confirmation page or Student Aid Report) to the Financial Aid Office.
Book Store Credit will be available to eligible students approximately one week before classes begin and based on approved financial aid in excess of tuition and fees. Notification will be sent in the mail to students.
Disbursement of federal financial aid funds will not occur until after July 1st. Students are expected to plan to provide their own educationally related living expenses until those funds can be disbursed.