Summer Extra Credit for New and Transfer Students
Get extra credit this summer! Take 3 or more credits this summer and we will award you $750 toward your tuition.
We’re excited to offer this program to help you earn your degree on your timeline. Earn credits and save money this summer with the Summer Extra Credit Program.
Meet with your academic advisor to select an appropriate course based on your academic program. Newly admitted first-year students, who have not enrolled in any CMU courses, should plan to discuss this opportunity before or during orientation.
Enroll in one or more 3-credit courses during the summer sessions.
Must not be on Satisfactory Academic Progress Suspension/Denial.
No application is required to obtain the award.
For additional details or questions, please connect with a Financial Aid Advisor.
Frequently asked questions
Is this award available to graduate students, guest students, dual-enrolled students, or non-degree-seeking students?
No. Students must have regular admission to an undergraduate program to be eligible.
I am a new undergraduate in a CMU Online program. Am I eligible?
Yes, as long as you are enrolled in at least 3 credits over the summer sessions.
I am an international undergraduate student. Am I eligible?
Yes, as long as you are enrolled in at least 3 CMU credit hours over the summer sessions.
Are students using a CMU Employee or other tuition benefit eligible (e.g., employer reimbursement, military agreements, etc.)?
- The CMU employee or other tuition benefit must be used first.
- The Summer Extra Credit can be stacked to cover tuition costs not already covered by your CMU employee or other tuition benefit, not to exceed tuition charges.
- The Summer Extra Credit will not cover other fees, like the Student Services Fee, special class fees, or other non-tuition charges, like housing and bookstore charges.
Can I register for courses now?
You must be admitted and meet with an academic advisor to plan and register for summer courses.
Can I change my mind and enroll in summer courses later?
Yes. CMU has courses that start at various times throughout the summer. The final group of classes begin June 26, 2023.
Which academic bulletin should I follow?
New first-year students will follow the 2022-2023 bulletin for summer 2023. Transfer students should work with their academic advisor to determine the academic bulletin which best aligns with their specific situation.
What if I drop a course and fall below 3 credits?
If you drop a course and your enrollment falls below the required minimum of 3 credits, then the full award will be removed from your student account.
What happens if my summer 2023 class is cancelled?
If CMU cancels a course, reach out to your academic advisor to explore alternative options based on your academic program. If no replacement is found and your enrollment drops below 3 credits, the award will be removed from the student account and payments received (if applicable) will be refunded to the student.
What happens if I take summer courses but do not enroll this fall?
There is no requirement to attend CMU in the fall semester.
How much money can I save?
You will save $750, and if you are Pell eligible, you may be able to save even more.
If I start at CMU in the summer, am I still eligible for my freshmen 2023-2024 scholarships in the fall?
As long as you do not enroll at another college or university after graduating from high school, you will be considered a freshman at CMU and you will keep your eligibility for any freshmen scholarships you have been awarded.
Will my 2023-2024 scholarships apply to summer tuition?
No. Financial aid offers for the 2023-2024 academic year are available starting in the fall of 2023.
Can I use financial aid if I start in the summer?
Maybe, but you must file the 2022-2023 FAFSA by June 30 to be considered for summer federal aid. If you are interested, please speak to a financial aid advisor.
When will summer financial aid disbursements begin?
The first summer aid disbursement is expected on May 12. However, if your classes do not start until June 26, your aid will not disburse until about 10 days before your classes start.
If I enroll, is my tuition due now or in the fall?
- Tuition for courses enrolled by May 1 will be due by June 1 before 5:00 pm.
- Tuition for courses enrolled between May 2 and June 1 will be due by July 1 before 5:00 pm.
- Tuition for courses enrolled after June 1 will be due by August 1 before 5:00 pm.
If I take a summer class at CMU before I start in the fall, will it reduce the number of credits I need to take during the regular academic year for my scholarship?
No. Merit scholarship renewal requirements begin in the fall semester.
Will this award reduce my eligibility for other resources during the school year, like work-study?
Financial aid eligibility for the summer 2023 session is separate from the 2023-2024 fall/spring financial aid. However, the award may affect your eligibility for summer 2023 work-study.
Find more information on our Cost of Attendance page.