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 Welcome to the Office of Student Financial Aid

The mission of the Office of Student Financial Aid is to support the University's overall goal of providing an affordable, quality education by providing financial assistance to those students and their families seeking to offset their educational costs.  

You can file your 2017-18 FAFSA beginning 10/01/2016

 Did you know that you can file your 2017-2018 FAFSA
as early as October 1, 2016!
For more information please access
our 2017-2018 FAFSA web page.

You need to know .  .  .
  • WORK FOR UPS - Students interested in working for UPS should contact either Mr. Servelure McMath Bostick by e-mail at smbostick@crcprogram.com or Mr. Peterson at dpeterson@ups.comMake sure you indentify yourself as a Chicago State University student when you e-mail these gentleman.
  • EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE FUND (EAF) APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AIDApplicants must appear in person at the Office of Student Financial Aid to obtain, fill out and submit an application. Your resume must be attached to the application. Faxed, e-mailed or mailed applications will not be accepted.

  • MAP for the Fall 2016 Semester - Due to the State of Illinois Budget Impasse, funds have not been released to cover the MAP Grant Program in Illinois. Despite the lack of funding, and after careful consideration, the University has decided to cover the outstanding balances ONLY, not to result in a refund, for students who, during the Fall 2016 semester, met the following conditions:
          Had a Tuition and/or Mandatory Fee balance due to unpaid MAP,
          Met all conditions for MAP,
          The posting of an award will not create a credit balance on the
                  student's account that would result in a refund.

    The credit posted to the student’s account will cover tuition and mandatory fees ONLY. Students will be responsible for covering non-institutional fees such as graduation, ID replacement, Library fines etc., and room and board. In addition, the University credit will be reversed if any of the following occurs:
          The Budget Impasse is resolved and MAP pays out to students,
          The student receives outside funding,
          The student receives funding from other Federal assistance programs.

  • Creating a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID - Students, and parents of Dependent students, need to create a FSA ID (PINs are no longer acceptable) in order to access certain Federal web sites, such as fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov, and to sign certain financial aid documents, such as the Master Promissory Notes. Creating an FSA ID is a simple process. It will only take you a few minutes. Please download a handy "How to create an FSA ID" guide for further information. You may also obtain additional information on the "The FSA ID is your electronic passport to federal student aid online" web page. 
  • Senior Citizens! Did you know that you might be eligible for free tuition?  -  For more information please access our Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver web page.

  • TANF Scholarship (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) -  At this time funds have not been allocated for the TANF Scholarship. If, and when, funding becomes available it will be announced on this web site.
  • How to Register an Institutional Complaint with the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE)  -  If you have an unresolved complaint with CSU, or any other institution of higher education, IBHE may be able to help you to resolve your issue.

  • New Loan Information for Borrowers - Beginning July 1, 2013 Federal Regulations for new borrowers limit the maximum time period that you can receive Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans to 150% of the published length of your program of study.
  • CSU's U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education school code is  001694 



Quick link to COUGAR CONNECT (access your e-mail - check it often) 

Quick link to the OFFICE OF THE BURSAR/CASHIER web page

Please visit this web page periodically for information regarding any changes to financial aid programs that may affect your financial aid eligibility. Read all e-mail communications from the Office of Student Financial Aid and remember . . .

It is the responsibility of all students to keep themselves informed as to issues that may affect their financial aid eligibility by regularly accessing the Office of Student Financial Aid web site and CSU X-Press.

If you are a veteran, or the child or spouse of a veteran, you may be eligible for educational benefits. For more information please visit our Veterans Affairs web site.


If you are interested in applying for admission to an undergraduate program please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions web site or contact them at 773-995-2513.

If you are interested in applying for admission to a Masters or Doctorate program please visit the School of Graduate and Professional Studies web site or contact them at 773-995-2404. 



 If you have any comments or questions about the content of this web page, or if you should come across a broken link, please e-mail the Office of Student Financial Aid web site publisher at csu-finaid@csu.edu



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Last Update: 12-03-2016