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How To Pay For Summer Classes

Last updated August 17, 2023

You've made the decision to take summer classes, but how will you pay for them? Paying for summer school is really no different than paying for any other semester or quarter - you pay tuition based on the number of credits you take. Read below to learn about how to pay for summer school classes, and stop by your financial aid office to determine which payment method works best for you.

Financial aid

Visit your school’s Financial Aid Office to determine the necessary steps to receive financial aid for the summer semester or quarter. In most cases, there will be a separate summer financial aid form you will need to complete. Ask your school for the deadline to submit the form and turn it in ASAP to increase your chances of getting more aid!


Receiving a scholarship for summer summer classes is totally possible! The number available in Summer will not be as high in Fall, but there will likely be less people applying. Check in with your Financial Aid Office to see if they have any scholarships available or can point you in the direction of local scholarships. Want to find even more scholarships? Check out our lists of trusted scholarships you can apply to NOW!

Installment payment plans

If you do not have any outstanding obligations (fees, blocks, or holds on your account) you can be eligible for an “installment payment plan”. This type of plan will allow you to pay tuition throughout the semester or quarter in predetermined amounts on set dates. Check with your Financial Aid Office to determine if this payment method is available to you.

Private student loans

When you've exhausted all your other financial aid options, you can look into private student loans. These types of loans are offered by banks, credit unions, and other private organizations. However, they have higher interest rates when you compare them to federal student loans. It's important to do your research and talk with your parents or trusted guardians before taking on any loans. 

Alternative methods

If you don't qualify for financial aid, an installment plan, or don't want to take out private loans, there are other methods to earn money that might work for you! You can pay out of pocket for classes with money earned from a job or internship, or start a side hustle to earn some extra cash.  

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