Summer & Intersession
HCC treats summer as a trailer to the prior academic year; in other words, summer 2017 is considered the same award year as fall 2016 and spring 2017. The Financial Aid Office evaluates student's eligibility for summer after registration occurs. A completed financial aid application must be received by the office.
Students who are Pell-eligible will be awarded any remaining eligibility that they may have; however, it is important to note that students may not have remaining eligibility if they used their full Pell award in the fall and spring semester. Also, Pell eligibility is determined based on a student's expected family contribution (EFC) and the number of credits they enroll in for a given semester. Some students may find that they are not eligible for Pell if they enroll in fewer courses over the summer.
Students who do not have remaining Pell eligibility, or do not otherwise qualify for Pell, may request a student loan. Students should fill out a Summer Loan Request form and return it to the Financial Aid Office. The request will then be evaluated and loan funds will be awarded if the student is eligible. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits to be eligible for a student loan.
HCC does provide book advances for use with the HCC online bookstore over the summer. If a student has enough financial aid to cover their billed charges then a book advance will be created. Students will be notified at their HCC email address when their book advance has been processed.
Summer can be confusing because it is not a traditional term. We encourage students with questions or concerns to contact the Financial Aid Office and we would be happy to assist you.
The review of academic progress (based on the prior spring grades) takes place at the end of May/beginning of June. If it is determined that you are not meeting the standards, your financial aid for the summer semester may be cancelled after you have started attendance and incurred charges for your summer class(es).
Intersession is considered part of the spring semester for financial aid. The number of credits you take during the intersession is combined with the number of credits you take during the traditional spring semester to determine your spring financial aid award.
If you withdraw from an intersession class, the class cannot be counted in your financial aid for the spring semester and your financial aid may be reduced.
If you drop your spring classes, for financial aid purposes it is best to drop them while you are still enrolled in your intersession class.
You cannot receive a Pell Grant from more than one school per semester. If you are transferring for the spring, you may want to consider declining your Pell Grant award at HCC for the intersession.
The review of academic progress (based on the prior fall grades) will take place in early January. If it is determined that you are not meeting the standards, your financial aid for the spring semester (including intersession) may be canceled after you have started attendance and incurred charges for your intersession class.