Summer Session FAQ's

Is financial aid available for summer courses?

  • Yes, Middlesex Community College (MCC) has limited program funds available to help students pay for summer courses.
  • We begin reviewing students for financial aid for summer courses the middle of April.

What types of financial aid is available?

Federal Pell Grant - For more information about the Pell Grant click here

  • If you were full-time status and received a full Pell Grant in the fall of 2023 or spring of 2024, you must enroll for at least 6 credit hours in summer classes to receive summer Pell
  • If you were part-time fall 2023 and/or spring 2024, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a summer Pell Grant

Federal Student Loans - For more information regarding student loans click here

  • Students must be enrolled at least 6 credits in the summer to qualify for a federal student loan.

How does a student apply for financial aid for the summer?

  • The upcoming 2024 summer sessions are considered the end of the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Student will be expected to complete a 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please go to the federal FAFSA web site, if you have not yet completed a 2023-2024 FAFSA please note MCC has a June 30, 2024 deadline to receive FAFSA applications.
  • If you have already completed a 2023-2024 FAFSA and had it sent to MCC, using school code 009936 you do not need to complete another one
  • Enrolling in class will generate notification to the financial aid team to review your financial aid application
  • Review your MCC email account bi-weekly at minimum; the financial aid team may reach out with questions or requests additional information required to complete your file, and finalize award packages.

Is there a financial aid priority filing date for the summer sessions?

  • Yes, May 15th is the priority filing date for the summer sessions.
  • Students who apply for financial aid by this date will receive notification of their estimated Pell Grant award prior to the start of the summer courses at the end of May.

Is there a deadline for applying for summer financial aid?

  • Yes, the deadline to file a federal 2023-2024 FAFSA is June 30, 2024.
  • Additionally, all requested documentation to complete a financial aid file must be submitted by August 2024.

How will the student know the type and amount of financial aid that they will be receiving for the summer sessions?

  • The Financial Aid Office begins notifying students their estimated awards two ways:
  • Via MCC email accounts.
  • The MCC Portal, MyMCC
  • The MCC portal will reflect awards in most cases, in the beginning of May.

Can a student register for summer courses even though they have not been notified of their financial aid eligibility?

  • Yes, students must be registered for courses before the Financial Aid Office will determine any award.
  • Students do not have to pay for their summer courses up-front if they are applying for financial aid.
  • However, students must understand that if the student is not eligible for financial aid or the financial aid award does not cover the summer session balance with the Student Accounts Office, the student is responsible for that balance.

Can a student get financial aid for a summer Book Advance?

  • Yes, a student Book Advance (Book Voucher) is based on a student having more financial aid than his/her/their tuition and fees.
  • In most cases, with exception, students qualify for a Book Advance when their financial aid award amount is more than the MCC bill. Please click here for information regarding MCC’s Book Advance policy.


  • Students will be charged a portion of tuition and fees for any class attended on the first day of class.
  • If your financial aid is insufficient or you do not wish to accept the financial aid offered, you must drop your class(es) PRIOR to the first day of the summer session to receive a 100% refund of your tuition & fees. If you wait past this point, the Student Accounts Office will charge you a percentage of your tuition and fees.


Last Modified: 10/2/23