Summer Financial Aid

Summer financial aid is determined in March and a summer award notice is sent to eligible students. Students are automatically reviewed for summer awards and notified of any eligibility.  

Illinois Monetary Award Program does not award summer.

To be eligible for Direct Loans and Direct Parent Plus Loans for the summer semester, you need to be enrolled in at least six credit hours. A student can borrow up to the annual limit for each year they are in school. A loan can be processed for summer if the student has not already borrowed their annual limit.

Sandburg Scholarships are not awarded for the summer term.

To Apply for Summer Financial Aid

Go to Apply for Aid and Eligibility and follow the instructions.

Year Round Pell Grant 

The Department of Education has announced that students that are eligible for Pell Grant may be able to receive a third disbursement of Pell Grant.  Carl Sandburg College will implement "Year Round Pell Grant" beginning in the summer of 2018. 

The general rules are that students must be eligible for Pell Grant as determined by the Department of Education, and must be enrolled at least half‐time for the Summer semester. Half‐time enrollment is six credit hours for undergraduate students. Students enrolled in five or fewer credits for summer can receive Pell if they were part-time (less than 12 credits) for fall or spring terms.

Here is an example of how Year Round Pell Grant will work for the 2017‐2018 academic year. A student with a zero EFC (expected family contribution) is eligible for $5,920 in Pell Grant for the year, or $2960 for the fall semester and $2960 for spring semester (based on full‐time enrollment both semesters). Under the old rules, that student would not receive any Pell Grant if they enrolled for the summer semester. Under the new year round Pell Grant initiative, that student would receive an additional $2960 disbursement if they were to enroll full‐time (12 credit hours) for summer or up to a maximum of $8,880 for the entire academic year. If the student enrolled half‐time, he or she would receive $1480 of Pell Grant for summer, or one‐half of a full disbursement. Pell Grant alone may not be enough to cover the full cost of attending classes in the Summer.

It is important to note that this change will not result in extra Pell Grant being awarded to a student over the course of their undergraduate enrollment. The maximum timeframe that eligible students may receive Pell Grant is for the equivalent of twelve full‐time semesters. In the past, a full‐time student could receive only two disbursements per year. Now that student will be able to receive up to three Pell disbursements in one academic year.

Students that have been awarded Pell Grant for the 2017‐2018 academic year are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid office for assistance with financial planning for the summer of 2018.

These guidelines apply to students enrolled in semester programs.  Students who attend Abingdon/Avon schools should call the Financial Aid Office for details.

Contact Us

Financial Aid Office
Location: Main Campus E101
Phone: 309.341.5283
Fax: 309.344.2529