Summer Session Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Limited financial aid is available for students who enroll in at least 6 units of Summer Session courses. The summer term consists of one 6-week session. The Financial Aid Office begins creating summer financial aid awards in mid-April.

When your financial aid award is ready to be viewed online, you will receive an email notification prompting you to log into myMills via the Mills Resource Portal. Students interested in receiving financial aid for summer must complete and submit the Summer Financial Aid Application (PDF). Students also must complete the 2021–22 FAFSA, if they have not already. The last date to file either application for the 2022 Summer Session is June 20, 2022 to allow for processing and review by the Mills College Financial Aid Office. The Federal School Code for Mills College is 001238.

Mills considers the summer term the end of the academic school year. Therefore, your eligibility is based upon your remaining annual limits for loans for the 2021–22 academic year. Graduate students who receive their maximum loan eligibility during the fall and spring semesters may not have remaining eligibility for summer financial aid.

Eligibility Requirements | What’s the Process | Types of Aid | Cost of Attendance

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for summer financial aid, you must:

  • Submit a 2021–22 FAFSA by June 20, 2022.* The FAFSA will not be reviewed after June 24, 2022, so be sure to complete it prior to the end of Summer Session on June 20, 2022.
  • Enroll in a minimum of half-time units for the summer
Graduate At least 4.5 units
Graduate (online) At least 4 units
Doctoral At least 4 units
Non-degree Credential At least 6 units
Post-bac Pre-med Only eligible for private loans
  • Be an admitted Mills College student and meet any of the following criteria:
    • You are a current graduate student making Satisfactory Academic Progress with a complete financial aid file who was not dismissed in the fall or spring semesters


*If you have already completed the 2021–22 FAFSA and had the results forwarded to Mills, you do not need to complete it again.

What’s the Process?

Continuing students enrolled in a minimum of half-time units (see Eligibility Requirements above) need to apply for summer financial aid by completing the Summer Financial Aid Application (PDF). Summer awarding will begin in April. You can view and accept/decline your summer awards via the Mills Resource Portal once your award is ready.

Summer financial aid awards are disbursed no earlier than 10 days before the start of Summer Session.

Types of Aid

Federal Direct PLUS Loan

Graduate students interested in a Graduate Plus Loan will need to apply for a summer Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan to cover summer charges if they are eligible degree-seeking graduate students who have completed a 2021–22 FAFSA, plan to enroll at least half-time, and meet the credit requirements.

Private Educational Loans

You may consider a private educational loan to help with your summer term costs. Eligibility is based on your credit and/or co-borrowers credit, as determined by the lender and your enrollment status.

Summer Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of your educational expenses for a given period of enrollment. It is the cornerstone of establishing your financial need, and it sets a limit on the total aid that you may receive. The COA includes both direct and indirect costs, such as tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses.

Return of Title IV Aid Funds

When a student withdraws from all courses, regardless of the reason, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of Title IV funds originally awarded. This is called Return to Title IV (R2T4). The calculation of Return of Title IV funds is based on published schedules and the date that you drop all classes during a summer session.

The return of funds to the Department of Education is based on the premise that a student earns financial aid in proportion to the length of time during which the student remains enrolled. A prorated schedule determines the amount of federal student aid funds the student earned at the time of their withdrawal. For example, a student who withdraws in the first week of the semester has earned less of their financial aid than a student who withdraws in the fourth week.

Once the 60 percent point in the semester is reached, a student is considered to have earned all of the financial aid originally awarded and will not be required to return any funds. The 60 percent point for Summer Session 2022 is June 8, 2022.

Federal regulations require a recalculation of financial aid eligibility if a student:

  • Completely withdraws
  • Stops attending before the semester ends
  • Does not complete the summer session in which they were enrolled
  • Is awarded all Fs for the term

Students who do not begin attendance in classes are not eligible for federal financial aid and must repay all aid originally received.

Under federal regulations, summer is considered a single term of enrollment and students who cease attendance before the end of the period for which aid was awarded will be considered as having withdrawn.

Any time your summer enrollment plans change, and you are considering enrolling in fewer units than indicated on your summer application, we recommend that you contact the Financial Aid Office to find out if your changes in summer enrollment will decrease your eligibility for aid.

Cost of Attendance for Graduate Students