Summer Financial Aid Information

In order to receive summer aid you must have a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid. The application deadline for the 2019-2020 FAFSA is June 30, 2020 but you should file as soon as possible. You do not need to update the FAFSA to indicate your interest in summer aid. In addition, if you indicated on your FAFSA that you would like to receive summer aid, then you must still submit a request through STU-INFO as instructed below. Students who do not request summer aid, but who are enrolled, will automatically be offered student loans which they may decline.

You must be half-time (3 crs) to receive an Unsubsidized Loan and/or GradPLUS for summer. However, some private loans may be processed for less than half-time enrollment. *Please note that summer Unsubsidized Loans can impact your eligibility for Unsubsidized Loans for fall.*

Summer aid is not awarded automatically. You must request summer aid by logging into Student Information System and clicking on "Apply for Summer Aid" on the Overview page under "Financial Aid (Check Your Aid)".

We encourage students to sign up for direct deposit, especially students who will be studying abroad for summer. You can obtain the form from the Office of Accounting in room 306.

Summer budgets are listed below. All budgets will be adjusted for students enrolled in fewer than four credits who are receiving a private loan. Summer tuition for MSU Law courses including externships for all J.D. students is $1,555 per credit hour with exceptions noted below. Also note that students enrolled in shortened courses (like LAW 587E) will have their budget and aid reduced accordingly unless they are also enrolled in courses that cover the entire summer session. In addition students enrolled only for LAW 587E, or where LAW 587E will bring them to three or more credits, will have their loan disbursements delayed until June 4th.

Students admitted as part of the Fall 2018 and beyond entering classes who have scholarships will not have those scholarships applied to summer courses.

You may contact the Office of Financial Aid at if you have questions.

Please note: students who receive a federal loan disbursement and drop below three credits before the end of the 100% refund period will have all federal loan funds returned resulting in a bill.

Summer Budget

Tuition (based on 3 credits)

$ 1,555.00

Books and Supplies

$ 420.00

Room and Board

$ 3296.00


$ 936.00

Average Stafford Loan Fees

$ 109.00


$ 6,316.00

Summer Study Abroad (MSU College of Law programs)

Japan Program: May 13 - June 11, 2024
Croatia Program: May 22 - June 9, 2024

Budget Increases

Requests for budget increases for additional credits above the four already included in the budget will be considered AFTER the drop/add period has ended. ***Please note that if you drop credits after a budget increase has been processed, then your loans may be reduced and you may receive a bill.***

Summer Work-Study

Work-Study is available to students during summer but funds are limited. However, students must be enrolled and attending classes (or working at an externship) half-time during the entire period of employment. If the student is not enrolled half-time while earning Work-Study, or is not enrolled at all for summer but wishes to receive Work-Study, then any Work-Study income during this period will be counted against his or her federal aid eligibility in the following fall 2020 semester. If you are graduating in the summer of 2020 then you must be enrolled half-time during the entire period of employment as stipulated above. More details about summer Work-Study can be reviewed here.

Summer Study Abroad or Visit Out (non-MSU College of Law programs)

If you wish to receive summer financial aid for a study abroad program or courses at another school you must first complete a Visiting Student Permission Form (VSPF), which is available in the Registrar's Office. If your courses from the "host" school are approved for transfer to MSU College of Law (the "home" school) then a copy of your VSPF will be forwarded to the Office of Financial Aid. The Office of Financial Aid will then complete and email a consortium agreement to the host school asking them to detail costs for your program and courses. Once the consortium agreement is returned to the Office of Financial Aid, we will compile a specific budget for your program and make a financial aid offer. You must then follow all necessary steps (for example, logging into "Check Your Aid", accepting your Unsubsidized Loans, pursuing a private/GradPLUS loan) in order to secure your summer aid.

MSU College of Law will process your financial aid; you need do nothing for financial aid with the host school.

Refunds are generally processed once or twice per week for all eligible students during a 2 week period beginning the week before the start of classes and processed on a weekly basis thereafter.

Direct Deposit of refunds can be deposited into any U.S. checking or savings account of the student’s choice.

Refund checks are mailed to the student’s current mailing address.

For more information regarding refunds and disbursement, please refer to MSU Student Receivables.

Please note: The Office of Financial Aid will issue a check directly to your host school for any expenses you owe to them. If you need a cash advance then you should see the Office of Accounting, Room 306 or submit a request online through the Student Services web page at

Summer Aid and Externships

Students enrolled for an externship will be offered the summer externship budget. However, the budget can be increased after the drop/add period. We will need the dates of employment before a budget increase can be processed.