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Summer Financial Aid

Registration for the Summer semester began on April 15, 2022.  There are limitations to financial aid eligibility during the Summer semester.  Please review the following guidelines and information:

  1. Complete your 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please keep in mind, it will take us up to two weeks to receive your FAFSA once submitted. Please note that FAFSA for 2022-2023 is also currently available, which is used to determine Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023 eligibility.
  2. Once FCC receives your FAFSA, we will add any additional information we need from you to your PeopleSoft To-Do List. Processing of financial aid verification documents can take 4-6 weeks to complete, so it’s best to get started as early as possible! You can log into PeopleSoft here:
  3. Register for courses required to complete your FCC degree program plan. Federal Student Aid (FSA) cannot be used to pay for courses that are not required for you to graduate.
  4. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards at FCC. SAP standards can be reviewed here:
  5. The Financial Aid Office will award Summer Federal Pell Grant eligibility after you register for classes based on the information below. You should allow at least 7-10 days for processing. If applying for a Federal Direct Student Loan, complete a loan application request form. Contact the Financial Aid Office if this is not available on your to-do list to have it added.

Frequently Asked Questions

Federal Pell Grant Awards

The Department of Education allows a student to receive Federal Pell Grant funds for up to 150% of the scheduled Pell Grant award for an award year. The 2021-2022 award year started on July 1, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2022. The Financial Aid Office at FCC awards Summer 2022 as a “trailer semester”, since the term begins prior to June 30, 2022. All Summer sessions are combined and considered to be a single term.  Pell Grant eligibility is based on the total credit hours.

A “trailer semester” is one that looks at remaining eligibility after the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters to determine remaining eligibility for the Summer 2022 semester. A student who has already received two full-time (12+ credit hours per semester) Pell Grant awards – full-time in the Fall 2021 and full-time in the Spring 2022 semesters, could be entitled to another full-time Pell Grant award during the Summer term; however, you must take a minimum of 6 required credit hours to use any portion of the additional 150% Pell Grant Award during the “trailer semester”. A part-time student (less than 12 credit hours per semester) during the Fall 2021 and/or Spring 2022 semester(s) may have Pell Grant eligibility for Summer without being required to take at least 6 credit hours due to the fact that the first 100% of Pell Grant eligibility has not been exhausted.


Student A - Attended half time (6-8 credits) during the Fall 2021 semester and received a half-time award (equal to 25% of total Pell Grant eligibility for the 2021-2022 award year) and also attended half-time during the Spring 2022 and received another half-time award (equal to 25% of total Pell Grant eligibility for the 2021-2022 award year). The student has a remaining 50% award and could attend up to full-time during the Summer. 100% initial award minus 25% used during Fall 2021 minus 25% used during Spring 2022 equal 50% remaining.

Student B – Attended three-quarter time (9-11 credits) during Fall 2021 and received a three-quarter time award (equal to 37.5% of total Pell Grant eligibility for the 2021-2022 award year) and also attended full-time (12+ credits) during Spring 2022 and received a full-time award (equal to 50% of total Pell Grant eligibility for the 2021-2022 award year). The student has a remaining 12.5% award (100% initial award minus 37.5% Fall 2021 minus 50% Spring 2022 equals 12.5% remaining). The 12.5% award amount remaining is worth 1-5 credits, BUT if the student attends more 6 or more required credits during the Summer they would be eligible to receive Pell up to the 150% award l

Attendance Requirement

Students receiving financial aid must attend courses to qualify for their awards. Failure to attend will result in the student owing a balance with the college. Students will not be administratively expunged for non-attendance and must drop their courses prior to the 100% refund date for their sessions if they do not attend.

Summer Federal Direct Student Loans

If you have not used your 2021-2022 total annual loan limit, and you will be attending at least 6 credits (of coursework required for your FCC degree program), you may apply for a Summer 2022 Federal Direct Student Loan. The 2021-2022 Federal Direct Student Loan Request Form can be found in your PeopleSoft “To Do List”; however, if you have already borrowed a loan during the Fall and/or Spring semester(s), you will need to contact our office in order to have the link to the 2021-2022 Federal Direct Student Loan Request Form added.

Withdrawing from Summer Classes

If you are awarded a Federal Pell Grant and/or a Federal Direct Loan, please check with the Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing from any classes. Withdrawing from courses can impact your financial aid eligibility.

If you are awarded financial aid funds and you decide not to attend the class(es), please drop the class(es) prior to the start date. You will not receive any funds for classes in which you never begin attendance.
Contact Information

Phone Icon301.846.2620 (option 1)

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Location IconJefferson Hall, 3rd floor

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday* 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

*January - July and August
Available until 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays