Summer Registration Impacts Financial Aid

March 28, 2016
Kalyn Williams, BSCJ Advisor and MSCJ Associate Outreach Specialist

Summer courses present some unique opportunities for students to complete their coursework, but also differ slightly from the fall and spring registration process. To highlight some of the benefits and some things to be aware of when considering summer courses, we sat down with Kalyn Williams, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Advisor and Master of Science in Criminal Justice Associate Outreach Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Williams also serves as the Distance Learning Center’s liaison between the Financial Aid Office and the advising team. She answered some of our top questions from students.

Why should I consider taking summer courses?
“One of the unique things about the summer term is that it is an abbreviated term,” Williams said. “The courses only run 10 weeks instead of the 16-week courses you see in spring and fall, and UW-Colleges Online courses are even shorter at eight weeks. Many students find this shortened time frame to be a nice change of pace over the summer and it can help keep you on track for graduation.” Depending on your program, there may also be special interest courses that are offered only in the summer. You can review our course offerings page to see what courses are available.

How does financial aid work in the summer?
The first thing Williams noted is that unlike spring and fall semesters, summer aid is not awarded automatically. “Summer terms are based on the current FAFSA, which in this case would be the 2015-16 FAFSA. There is also an additional form that needs to be filled out to make sure your aid is awarded,” Williams said. The Summer Financial Aid Application and instructions can be found here. Summer aid may be impacted by your previous fall and spring enrollments, so Williams advised contacting the Financial Aid Office with any questions regarding your eligibility for summer aid.

Who should I call for help with registration and financial aid?
Williams said that while your advisor can help you with most registration questions, you should turn to the experts in the Financial Aid Office when those tricky financial aid questions arise. “Financial aid awards and disbursement can vary a lot from student to student, and staff in the Financial Aid Office will be the best equipped to help you with those questions. If you’re not sure who to contact, you can always start with your advisor and they will point you in the right direction,” Williams said.

You can contact the Financial Aid Office at 608.342.1836 with any questions. Advisor contact information is also available in our Directory.

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