Summer Eligibility Requirements

1. Most financial aid programs have certain requirements regarding the minimum number of credit hours you must take in order to be eligible. The definition of “full-time” or “half-time” during the Summer Session is typically the same as during any semester. Your enrollment level is determined by your total number of credit hours for the entire summer, including May Term.  Use the table below to help you determine your enrollment status based on how many credits you will be enrolling in:

Credit Hours Enrollment Credit Hours Enrollment
12 or more full-time 1 or more full-time
9 – 11 ¾ time
6 – 8 half-time
1 –5 less than half-time

2. Be sure to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Eligibility for the Summer Session 2023 is based on information provided on the 2022-2023 FAFSA.  Your FAFSA must be received by the federal processing center no later than June 30, 2023 to be eligible for financial aid for the Summer 2023 semester.

3. The Office of Student Financial Aid measures Satisfactory Academic Progress once each academic year after the spring semester. If you are not meeting UMaine’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, you will lose your financial aid eligibility. If you are enrolled in summer classes and receiving financial aid, your summer financial aid will be cancelled if you are not meeting the standards. For more information on the University of Maine’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and on the appeal process visit