Can a Student's Summer Cost Of Attendance Include All Mini-Terms In the Summer Even If the Student Is Not Enrolled For All Mini-Terms?

Award Year: 2024-25 KA-36623 Helpfulness Rating 23 page views

This guidance is specific to the 2024-25 award year and later.

A school has the ability to combine all of its summer mini-sessions into one combined standard term with one cost of attendance (COA). That being said, the COA should be adjusted to reflect a student's actual enrollment. For example, if a school's summer term consists of three combined mini sessions, but the student is only enrolled in sessions one and three, the student's budget should only include the costs for those two sessions. The loan period would be the beginning and ending dates of the combined terms. The school would need to adjust the disbursement dates based on the student's enrollment. Using my example above, disbursement dates should be linked to the start dates for the first and third mini sessions. 

Note:  There is no provision to prorate the student aid index (SAI) for periods other than nine months. See Can We Prorate the Student Aid Index For Periods Other Than Nine Months? (Award Year: 2024-25)


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