Summer’s On Us!

Get a jumpstart on your college education this summer. Register for nine credits (typically 2 or 3 classes) for Fall 2024, and you can qualify for two free summer classes.* You must complete the 2024-25 FAFSA to determine eligibility.

Flexible scheduling including onsite, online and hybrid classes across the state provides plenty of time for summer fun.

If you are a New Hampshire resident who is graduating from high school, a recent graduate who has not enrolled, if you took a break from college, or have decided it’s time to earn a college degree, this is a great way to get ahead. Find a directory of summer courses here.

The summer semester has classes that begin in May and June, so you can attend classes and still have a vacation. Learn more by viewing these Frequently Asked Questions or by contacting your local college.


Great Bay Community College
Lakes Region Community College
Manchester Community College
Nashua Community College
NHTI – Concord’s Community College
River Valley Community College
White Mountains Community College

Frequently Asked Questions

To receive funding, you must be a New Hampshire resident with demonstrated financial need, who is matriculated (enrolled in a degree or certificate program), and registered for at least 9 credits in Fall 2024 semester or be completing a degree or certificate program during the summer semester. You are eligible if you qualify for a Pell grant and/or subsidized loans from the federal government and have met any related federal financial aid requirements. Full and part-time students are eligible.

To apply, complete the Federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the June 15, 2024 preferred deadline.  Then have it submitted to the NH Community College of your choice. FAFSA is a form completed by current and prospective college students in the U.S. to determine eligibility for student financial aid. If you need help with the FAFSA process, contact your college Financial Aid Office. There is no separate application for Summer’s On Us (SOU) funding.

SOU funds can cover the gap between any grants or scholarships you receive and the full amount of tuition, required comprehensive fees, and academic instruction fees for two summer courses (up to 8 credits). If you receive other grants in addition to Pell such as Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Unique Scholarship, or Governor’s Scholarship, we will apply those first; and then any gap that remains may be covered through SOU funds.

Students are responsible for any specialized program fees, or for tuition and fees for any credits beyond 8 credits.

Register by July 1st for at least 9 credits for fall 2024 and complete the FAFSA for 2024-25. You will then be notified by the Financial Aid Office at your college if you are eligible, once the FAFSA has been received and processed. Please note that current NH Community College students who are completing their certificate or degree during the summer are not required to register for fall classes to be eligible for free summer courses but do need to complete the FAFSA.

Some programs do have specific fees that cover specialized materials, tools, and equipment (for example, welding, auto, nursing, dental and some others). Those additional fees are not covered by the SOU funds, but you can review your financial aid offer for other potential sources of aid.

We understand that you may have already made some payments towards your education, and you might be wondering how this new funding will affect you. Our team is here to assist you. If you are eligible, our Business Office will automatically refund the payments you have made and SOU funds will be applied to your account. Once the funds are applied, your payment plan will be canceled. You will be sent an email to set up direct deposit to receive your refund.

Yes. Please contact the college you are attending or wish to attend. Eligibility is the same at all NH community colleges.

Great Bay Community College  |  [email protected]

Lakes Region Community College |  [email protected]

Manchester Community College |  [email protected]

Nashua Community College |  [email protected]

NHTI – Concord’s Community College |  [email protected]

River Valley Community College |  [email protected]

White Mountains Community College |  [email protected]

At New Hampshire’s community colleges, we want to help you set educational goals and achieve them. Whether it’s the Summer’s on Us program or other sources of aid we offer, talk to us and let us find a way to help. Every year, thousands of students achieve their goals at New Hampshire’s community colleges. You can, too.

*Includes tuition, required comprehensive fees and academic instruction fees for up to 8 credits for the two free courses.