Summer is an excellent time to catch up or get ahead in your studies, make progress towards graduation, and explore new and interesting topics.
Stony Brook’s tuition rate is among the most affordable of all top-tier universities in the nation, and we support eligible students with
financial aid in the form of Pell grants, TAP grants, subsidized and unsubsidized
loans and Parent-Plus loans.
It’s important to understand how summer financial aid will impact your award levels
in the following fall and spring semesters, as there are limits to the amounts students
can receive in Pell Grants and Direct Loans in one academic year. Our advisors are
here to speak with you should you have questions about your eligibility for summer
aid or financial decision-making.
* Be sure to read our section on Enrollment and your Aid to understand how changes in enrollment can impact your Eligibility for financial
You can also view our Summer Aid Videos for a tutorial on how to use the summer aid expense calculator and for an overview
of the summer aid process.
Notification of summer awards to eligible students begins early May.
View our Summer Aid Timeline
Students who have submitted a valid FAFSA and who have also enrolled for summer classes
will automatically be awarded a summer financial aid award package. It is important to understand that receiving summer aid will likely reduce your fall/spring
award package. Please read the award program details below for additional information
and how your fall/spring awards may be affected.
In order to receive a summer financial aid award package the following must be in
effect prior to the last day of your summer enrollment:
- You must be a matriculated Stony Brook student.
- We must have a valid FAFSA on file.
- You must not have any outstanding To Do List Items.
- Must Meet SAP requirments.
Stony Brook University participates in the following summer financial aid programs.
- Summer Federal Work Study
|Funding for this program is limited. Federal Work Study will be awarded on a funds
The start date for summer employment through the Federal Work-Study Program is July
1 and continues through the end of the summer term (mid-August).
In order to be considered for this program, it is necessary to complete the following
- File the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA for the upcoming aid year so that it is received by
the federal processor no later than February 15th. Indicate on your FAFSA that you would like to be considered for Federal Work Study
- Enroll for summer.
- Based on available funds, if you are eligible to receive Federal Work Study you will
be considered for this award.
- Summer Federal Direct Loan (Subsidized & Unsubsidized)
| In order to be considered for this program, it is necessary to complete the following
- File the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA for the upcoming aid year.
- Complete your summer registration. Note: A minimum enrollment of 6 credits during
Summer Sessions I and/or II is required to receive a Federal Direct Loan. Advanced
graduate students engaged in full-time research must register for the appropriate
- If you are eligible to receive a loan one will be offered to you in your summer financial
aid award package.
If a Master Promissory Note is required, a SOLAR System To Do List Item will be assigned.
Due to federally mandated maximum annual loan limits, students borrowing through the
Federal Direct Loan Program during the summer term will have reduced eligibility to
borrow during the upcoming academic year.
Student A is eligible for a combined annual total of $5,500 from the Federal Direct
Loan Program. The scheduled disbursement for this loan would be $2,750 in the fall
and $2,750 in the spring.
Student A enrolls for 6 credits in the summer, and accepts a $3,500 Federal Direct
Loan eligibility would change from:
Important Information Regarding Summer Loan Disbursements:
• You must be enrolled and attending at least half time (6 credits) in order for your
federal loan to disburse. If a session hasn’t yet started, you would not yet be “in
attendance” for that session.
• Once you accept your loan, you can view the scheduled disbursement date by clicking
on the "View Scheduled Disbursements" link on the Award Summary page.
• You must maintain at least half-time status (6 credits per semester) throughout
the summer term in order to maintain eligibility (advanced graduate students engaged
in full-time research must register for the appropriate course). If you drop or withdraw
from credits at any time during the summer, the loan amount(s) may be reduced or cancelled.
- Summer Federal Pell Grant
This program allows a Pell eligible undergraduate student a maximum annual award amount
based on the student's expected family contribution (EFC) and on the student's credit
load towards degree progress. You may view annual award amounts based on EFC here.
Eligible students can receive up to three full-time payments (150% of their maximum
annual award) in one academic year (summer, fall, spring).
Student A is eligible for a $4,000 annual Pell grant which is scheduled to disburse
$2,000 in the fall and $2,000 in the spring. Student A enrolls for 6 credits in the
summer and 12 credits for both fall and spring terms. The payment of their Pell would
If student A was enrolled in 12 credits in the summer, fall, and spring terms, the
payment of their Pell award would be:
NOTE: Students who enroll full-time in the summer and fall terms must be enrolled at least
half-time (6 credits) in the spring term to qualify for the third payment.
Summer application steps:
- File the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA for the upcoming aid year and have a resulting Pell
eligible Student Aid Report.
- Enroll for summer.
- If you are eligible to receive a Pell award, one will be offered to you in your summer
financial aid award package
- Summer TAP
You must meet the general TAP eligibility requirements (NY State Resident, Citizen,
or Eligible Non-Citizen, etc...). You may apply for TAP if enrolled at least half-time
(6 credits that are applicable towards your degree program, Primary Major and/or DEC/SBC requirements) during Summer Sessions I and/or II. Additionally, you must also meet the following
- Must have full-time enrollment status in the prior semester and
- Must have earned a combined credit total of 24 credits the prior two terms at Stony
Brook. Transfer credits do not apply to this requirement.
If you file your FAFSA electronically ( http://www.fafsa.gov) you will be able to link to your on-line TAP application at the end of the FAFSA
session. If you missed the NYS link, or you filed a paper FAFSA, go to New York State
Higher Education Services at http://www.hesc.ny.gov to complete the TAP application process.
You must either call HESC at 1-888-NYS-HESC to request summer TAP, or apply for summer
TAP using the HESC web site. If ‘SUNY STONY BROOK’ does not appear for the upcoming
summer term, add the appropriate ‘SUNY STONY BROOK’ code from the drop-down box (‘SUNY
STONY BROOK - 0875).
Please be aware that students enrolled in a 4-year undergraduate program are eligible
to receive 8 full-time (semester) TAP payments. Students enrolled in the Educational
Opportunity Program (EOP) are eligible to receive 10 full-time (semester) TAP payments.
- Summer PLUS Loan (for Parents of Undergraduate Students)
| Parents of matriculated Undergraduate students who are enrolled for a minimum of
six credits may apply for a PLUS loan. A FAFSA application is required prior to applying
for the PLUS loan. Parents whose PLUS Loan is denied based on credit history should
contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services for alternative financing
options. Visit the Applying for Parent Aid page to learn more about applying for the Parent PLUS loan.|