Q: I am a college student and am thinking of taking classes during the summer. Can I receive financial aid if I choose to enroll in summer courses?
A: In 2017, Congress reinstated year-round Pell, which allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year so that they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise. In order to qualify you must have either have submitted a FAFSA for the 2017/2018 school year and been awarded a Pell grant or, if you did not submit a FAFSA, you can still submit the 2017/2018 application before June 30 of this year.
Depending on how many units you were enrolled in during the academic year, there may be minimum unit requirements. You should be aware that Pell grant used during the summer counts towards your federal 6-year maximum and so it would not be wise to take summer classes while receiving a Pell Grant that are not required for your degree.
It is recommended that you consult with your school’s financial aid office in order to determine exactly how much aid you would qualify for and what restrictions are in place based on your particular circumstances.