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Summer Financial Assistance Options

Students interested in summer financial assistance should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance so staff can assess eligibility for additional loan funding, the Federal Pell Grant or any tuition waivers.

For inquiries visit NKU One Stop, located in room 301 of Lucas Administrative Center. We can be reached at 859-572-5143 or via email to

Summer financial assistance,with the exception of Federal Work-Study, requires summer enrollment.

Points to remember:

  • Summer financial assistance eligibility is based on the 2022-2023 FAFSA, and utilization of financial assistance during the academic year.
  • Students attending classes in Summer 2023 will need to complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA on or before June 30, 2023 to receive summer financial assistance.
  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive Federal Direct Loans for summer.
  • If eligible for the Federal Pell Grant during the summer term, the amount could vary depending on a student's hours enrolled.
  • If seeking an alternative loan, students should reference their specific lender regarding enrollment requirements.

Summer financial assistance is unique to each student's circumstance.  In some cases, students who sat out a semester, went part-time or began mid-year may be able to utilize their unused financial assistance.

The awarding process for summer semester generally occurs in mid-April. Summer is treated as one term even though there are various start dates and registration periods.