|Please Note: Most students accessing this web page are doing so because they have received a message from the Office of Student Financial Aid, either by e-mail or regular mail, directing them to do so. Even if you have received no such message you are strongly encouraged to review the information contained herein if you are receiving, or anticipate receiving, any type of financial aid assistance, including loans, during the 2013-2014 academic year.|
You have been directed to this web page due to one of the following reasons:
- You recently submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the national processing agency and Chicago State University (CSU) has received a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) and, as a result, has prepared a Financial Aid Award Package for you, which you need to review, or
- you recently submitted information to either the national processing agency, or the CSU Office of Student Financial Aid, which has brought about a recalculation of your financial aid eligibility and, possibly, an adjustment in the amount(s) of your award(s), or
- there has been a change in the amount(s) of your financial aid award(s) due to a change in your enrollment status and/or Federal, State or CSU policy and/ or availability of funds, or
- we recently processed your loan request and the results are now posted to your account for your review.
|Students Please Note: In many instances an update or correction to your FAFSA, either by you or the Office of Student Financial Aid such as in the case of completing the Verification process, will cause unprocessed “Accepted” Stafford and/or PLUS loans to be returned to an “Offered” status. If you are visiting this web page at this time because you received an e-mail form the Office of Student Financial Aid after you have made a change to your FAFSA or completed Verification, you may be receiving the e-mail because you need to review your loan eligibility and possibly re-“Accept” loans you may have previously “Accepted”. The Office of Student Financial Aid will use its best efforts to process re-“Accepted” loans as quickly as possible.|
To review your status and properly respond (if required) to this offer of financial assistance, please click on the link provided at the bottom of this web page to be taken to CSU X-Press.
When you arrive at CSU X-Press click on Enter Secure Area.
If this is your first time entering the CSU X-Press web site follow the directions on the screen in order to access the site. Please pay careful attention to the order and format in which information should be entered.
Your CSU ID Number is listed at the top of the e-mail/letter notification that brought you to this web site. Please use that as your User ID when entering CSU X-press.
If you cannot gain access using the CSU ID Number, and you have yet to be fully admitted, please try using your Social Security Number.
Once you have accessed the web site you will immediately be prompted to change the PAC.
You will need your PAC to access the web site in the future.
PLEASE, DON’T FORGET IT!
After entering the site:
- Click on the Financial Aid link.
- On the next screen click on the Award link.
- On the next screen click on the Award By Aid Year link.
- Select the Aid Year referenced in the e-mail/letter we sent you.
- On the next screen click on the Accept AwardOffer.
Review the options presented at the top of the screen and accept any awards in an Offered status you wish to receive (in whole or in part) or decline those in which you are not interested.
If there are no awards with an Offered status, please review those awards that are accepted, if any. Again, please note that some awards may have been adjusted to reflect recent adjustments/corrections to your SAR or because of a change in your enrollment status or enrolled hours.
Federal PELL grants and state of Illinois MAP grants are automatically accepted in our system. If you have been awarded PELL and/or MAP you do not need to accept these awards.
While you are in the CSU X-Press web site please take a few minutes to look at all the information available to you in addition to financial aid information.
PLEASE NOTE: For the purpose of presenting you with an initial Financial Aid Award Package, for the 2013-2014 academic year, we have used 2012-2013 award amounts for the State of Illinois MAP Grant. This is due to the fact that the actual amount available for the State of Illinois MAP Grant for 2013-2014 has yet to be announced by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). It is expected that an announcement will be forthcoming in late July. Once our system has been updated to reflect the new 2013-2014 amount for this award we will recalculate your Financial Aid Award Package, if necessary, and notify you that you should, once again, review your award status on CSU X-Press.
If you have a problem entering the CSU X-Press web site please call 773-995-2304 (during normal business hours of 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday and until 7:00 PM on Thursday), to have your Personal Access Code (PAC) re-set.
Awards, for admitted students, are based on full time attendance (except as otherwise noted such as in the case of the MAP grant, discussed in the "State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant" section below) and your anticipated academic status, based upon available information, as reflected in the CSU student information system, for the 2013-2014 school year.
Awards for students, yet to be admitted to CSU, are based upon full-time attendance at the academic level indicated on the FAFSA. If a student is admitted at a different academic level, the amount of any awards may have to be recalculated.
Full-time status is based upon enrolled hours as follows:
|Undergraduate:||15 hours per semester / 30 hours for both fall and spring semesters|
|Graduate:||9 hours per semester / 18 hours for both fall and spring semesters|
|Doctorate:||6 hours per semester / 12 hours for both fall and spring semesters|
|PharmD||15 hours per semester / 30 hours for both fall and spring semesters|
If you do not attend full time, or your anticipated academic status should change, your awards can be increased, reduced or denied/eliminated.If you change your enrollment status (e.g., add or drop a course), inform the Office of Student Financial Aid promptly. Awards may be estimated. They will not be official until you have accepted the awards (with the exception of Pell and MAP which are automatically accepted) and a Financial Aid Advisor and/or Satisfactory Academic Progress Counselor, if required, has completed a review of your status. If you have been selected for Verification by the United States Department of Education (USDE) the amount of your awards may change as a result of the completion of the Verification process. If any funds are increased, decreased, or eliminated, you will be notified by e-mail that there has been activity on your account and that you should review your award status on CSU X-Press.
PLEASE NOTE:There is the possibility that your record may reflect no awards when you access CSU X-Press. This may be due to a variety of reasons such as a) an incomplete FAFSA, b) your income is sufficiently high that you are not eligible for any of the standard grants, c) you have exhausted your loan eligibility, d) you are in default on a student loan, or any variety of reasons too numerous to list here. If you have no awards and do not understand why this has occurred please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid. We will be happy to review your award status with you.
Federal Direct Stafford Loan
All initial student financial aid award packages will reflect Stafford loan eligibility, if any, in an “Offered” status. Should you desire a Stafford loan(s) you must accept the “Offered” loan(s), in whole or in part, through CSU X-press. It is not necessary to submit a paper loan request form. It will, however, be necessary for you to complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN), if you have not already done so. Go to the StudentLoans.gov web site to complete these requirements.
Deadlines for acceptance of Stafford loans are as follows:
|Full-year Loans (Fall 2013 /Spring 2014)||Last day to accept - 10/15/2013|
|Fall-only Loans (Fall 2013)||Last day to accept - 10/15/2013|
|Spring-only Loans (Spring 2014)||Last day to accept - 02/28/2014|
Summer 2014 – Procedures and deadline for Summer Direct Stafford Loans to be determined at a later date
Once you have accepted a loan(s), and we have certified your eligibility to the Direct Loans program, you will be notified that you need to access CSU X-press to review the results.
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
Initial student financial aid award packages will reflect Graduate PLUS loan eligibility for Masters and Doctorate candidates, in an “Offered” status, if the student has sufficient Unmet Need remaining in his/her financial aid budget after Stafford eligibility, if any, has been “Offered”. Should a student desire a Graduate PLUS loan he/she must accept the “Offered” loan(s), in whole or in part, through CSU X-press. It is not necessary to submit a paper loan request form. It will, however, be necessary for you to complete Direct Loan Graduate Loan Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN), if you have not previously done so. Go to the StudentLoans.gov web site to complete these requirements. The deadline for accepting the Graduate PLUS Loan is the same as the deadline for accepting a Federal Direct Stafford Loan (discussed above).
When you apply for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) will check your credit history. To be eligible for a PLUS Loan, you must not have an adverse credit history. If you are found to have an adverse credit history, you may still borrow a PLUS Loan if you get an endorser (cosignor) who does not have an adverse credit history. An endorser is someone who agrees to repay the PLUS Loan if you do not repay the loan. In some cases, you may also be able to obtain a Direct PLUS Loan if you document to the USDE's satisfaction that there are extenuating circumstances related to your adverse credit history
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students)
Initial student financial aid award packages will reflect Parent PLUS loan eligibility for Dependent students, in an “Offered” status, if the student has sufficient Unmet Need remaining in his/her financial aid budget. Should a parent desire a Parent PLUS loan the “Offered” loan must be accepted, in whole or in part, through CSU X-press. It is not necessary to submit a paper loan request form. It will, however, be necessary for the parent to complete a Federal Direct PLUS Loan Application and Master Promissory Note (MPN). Go to the StudentLoans.gov web site to complete this requirement. The deadline for accepting the Parent PLUS Loan is the same as the deadline for accepting a Federal Direct Stafford Loan (discussed above).
Direct Loan's decision to fund a Parent PLUS Loan is based upon the applicant parent's credit rating/standing. When a parent applies for a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) will check their credit history. To be eligible for a PLUS Loan, a parent must not have an adverse credit history. If they are found to have an adverse credit history, they may still borrow a PLUS Loan if they get an endorser (cosignor) who does not have an adverse credit history. An endorser is someone who agrees to repay the PLUS Loan if they do not repay the loan. In some cases, they may also be able to obtain a Direct PLUS Loan if they document to the USDE's satisfaction that there are extenuating circumstances related to their adverse credit history.
Important Information Concerning MPNs
When completing an MPN online at StudentLoans.gov you (student and/or parent) will have the option of completing a "serial" MPN which will provide for disbursements for 10 years, or a "one-year" MPN which will only provide for disbursement until the first anniversary of the date you complete such an MPN. Should you choose to complete a "one-year" MPN, or have done so in the past, you will need to complete a new one every year thereafter until which time you no longer wish to receive Federal Direct Loans.
Certification of Eligibility
The final step in the loan application process, after a student and/or parent has accepted a loan(s) online through CSU X-press and completed the appropriate MPN and Entrance Counseling, involves the loan processors in the Office of Student Financial Aid completing a review of every accepted loan, to confirm eligibility, and readying that confirmation of eligibility for electronic transmission to Direct Loans. Direct Loans refers to this process as loan "Origination". We will begin Origination for the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 loans on or about August 1, 2013.
Requests for Revision of Accepted (or Declined) Loans
There may be instances after you have accepted a loan, either in whole or in part, or declined a loan, that you change your mind. In that instance we will be happy to accommodate any request for a "revision". It will be necessary for you to submit a paper form(s) in order to have loans revised, cancelled, reinstated, etc. The forms are available in the Office of Student Financial Aid or for download on the Apply for Loans web page.
Change in Loan Eligibility Due to a Grade Level Change
In the event that you accept a loan, and it is processed and funded, please be informed that if your grade level changes after the fall, or any, semester (either to the next undergraduate level, such as sophomore to junior, or into a different academic program, such as Certification or Masters) your loan(s) will not be automatically adjusted based on you new status. In fact, your loan(s) may be canceled if you should move from undergraduate to graduate status, or Master's to Certification.
You are a senior during the fall semester.
You accept a loan for the entire academic year (fall and spring).
We process the loan as you have requested.
You graduate in December and move into a Master's program in January.
The spring disbursement of the loan will be canceled due to your new academic status.
In order to receive a loan for the spring you must follow our published procedures in order to have us certify your eligibility for a loan at the Masters level.
If you are entitled to, and desire, a revision to your loan(s) due to a change in grade level please submit the appropriate paper form(s). The forms are available in the Office of Student Financial Aid or for download on the Apply for Loans web page.
Notice of Disbursement and the Right to Cancel Federal Direct Stafford, PLUS and Perkins Loans
Loan proceeds will generally be credited to a student’s account approximately 10 days prior to the beginning of any semester, if a student has meet all eligibility requirements on that date, or on a periodic basis (usually daily) thereafter as a student becomes compliant with all terms and conditions necessary to establish loan eligibility. All loan disbursements applied to a student’s account will immediately be available for review by accessing the student’s account through CSU X-press.
A student, and/or a parent, as in the instance of a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, has the right to cancel a portion or all of any Federal Direct Stafford, Federal Direct Parent PLUS, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS and Federal Perkins loan prior to disbursement, or within 14 days of actual disbursement of any such loans. The request to cancel or reduce any loan must be in writing and must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Chicago State University requires that you use its established form, "REQUEST FOR DECREASE AND/OR CANCELLATION OF FEDERAL DIRECT STAFFORD AND/OR FEDERAL DIRECT PLUS AND/OR FEDERAL PERKINS LOAN(S)", which is available in the Office of Student Financial Aid or which may be downloaded from the Apply for Loans web page.
If a credit balance created by a loan disbursement has been released to a student, and/or parent, the funds released must be returned to the university within the 14 day cancellation time frame in order for the university to complete a requested cancellation.
Reminder Regarding Enrolled Hours Requirement to be Eligible to Receive a Stafford, Parent PLUS, or Graduate PLUS Loan
Please keep in mind, as was discussed in the Entrance Counseling requirement you completed, that in order to be eligible to receive a loan, you must be enrolled at least half-time during the semester in which loan proceeds are received, and at the time a disbursement (such as a mid-term disbursement for a one-semester loan) is made.
During the Fall and Spring semesters half-time is defined as 6 hours for students enrolled as:
- first time Bachelor candidates
- Second Bachelor candidates,
- Teacher Certification students,
- Doctorate candidates,
- Certificate students, and
- Professional (PHARMD) students.
During the Fall and Spring semesters half-time is defined as 5 hours for Masters candidates.
During the Summer semester half-time is defined as 6 hours for first time Bachelor candidates, Second Bachelor candidates, Teacher Certification students and Certificate students.
During the Summer semester half-time is defined as 3 hours for Masters, Doctorate and Professional (PHARMD) students.
FIRST-TIME FRESHMAN STAFFORD BORROWERS PLEASE NOTE: THE FIRST INSTALLMENT(S) OF YOUR LOAN(S) WILL NOT BE RELEASED BY DIRECT LOANS UNTIL 30 DAYS AFTER THE FALL SEMESTER BEGINS, I.E., SEPTEMBER 25, 2013.
Special Note to Newly Admitted or Yet to be Admitted PHARMD Candidates
Until which time that you have been fully admitted to the university and our student record system has been updated to reflect your enrollment status as a College of Pharmacy student, your financial aid award package, if you have completed a FAFSA, will reflect loan eligibility based on enrollment as a regular graduate student, such as a Master’s candidate, not the higher loan limits associated with the PharmD program. Once you have received your acceptance letter please allow up to 2-3 weeks for our system to be updated to reflect your correct academic status. Once this has been accomplished the Office of Student Financial Aid will recalculate your financial aid package and notify you that you should, once again, access the Your Financial Aid Award Package web page, and ultimately CSU X-press to review and accept any offered financial aid assistance.
The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students as determined by the U.S. Department of Education using a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the financial information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The fundamental elements in this standard formula are the student's income (and assets if the student is independent), the parents' income and assets (if the student is dependent), the family's household size, and the number of family members (excluding parents) attending postsecondary institutions. A student has 6 years (12 full-time semesters) of total Pell Grant lifetime eligibility, inclusive of all years that Pell was received prior to the 2013-2014 academic year.
Tracking Your Lifetime Eligibility Used on NSLDS
You can find your Lifetime Eligibility Used for the federal Pell Grant by going to the Web site www.nslds.ed.gov and creating a student account. NSLDS, the National Student Loan Data System, tracks your lifetime Pell Grants, loan usage and overpayment status.
Funding for both of these grants is limited. CSU has historically awarded these grants to Undergraduate students with $0.00 (zero) EFCs who filed their FAFSA as early as possible on, or after, the initial date the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) began accepting FAFSAs (January 1st). Funds were awarded until our allocation had been exhausted.
Due to the high number of students filing FAFSAs beginning January 1, 2013, all SEOG is being awarded to Undergraduate students who filed their FAFSA on January 1st only, as SEOG funds would be exhausted after this date.
PLEASE NOTE: More students filed a FAFSA on January 1st than funds were available for students on that date. We have therefore randomly selected students from January 1st to be awarded SEOG funds. This means that even though a student may have filed on January 1st he/she may not be awarded SEOG as more students filed on January 1st than for which funds were available.
Similarly, due to the high number of Undergraduate students filing FAFSAs beginning January 1, 2013,, all CWS is being awarded first to those Undergraduate students who filed their FAFSA on January 1st who had a $0.00 (zero) EFC and, as there were some funds remaining after awarding to all of those January 1st students who qualified, the remaining funds were randomly awarded to small number of students who submitted their FAFSA on January 2nd.
If you have been offered either/both of these awards you must accept them by June 1, 2013. If you do not accept them by that date we will assume you do not wish to receive these awards. We will remove any unaccepted SEOG and CWS after June 1, 2013 and re-award any available funds to other eligible students. If you are or become the recipient of "re-awarded" SEOG or CWS you will have 45 days from the date of notification to accept or decline either or both award. If you do not accept an award it will be removed from your award package at the end of the 45 day period and again "re-awarded" to other eligible students. The "re-awarding" process will continue, if necessary, until both funds are exhausted. Please Note: Only students who demonstrate exceptional need are eligible for SEOG.
Please Note: Only students who had complete FAFSAs that were filed on the aforementioned dates will be awarded SEOG and/or FWS. If the initial FAFSA you filed was incomplete (did not have an EFC, missing income information, missing a signature, etc.) you will not be awarded SEOG and/or CWS even if it is later determined that you have a $0.00 (zero) EFC. In addition, if you originally have an EFC greater than $0.00 (zero) but it is subsequently reduced to $0.00 (zero) due to completion of the Verification process, a change you make to your FAFSA, or special conditions effecting EFC, you will not be awarded SEOG and/or CWS as funds will have already been exhausted.
This Federal grant was introduced for the 2009-2010 academic year. Please visit the The Financial Aid Process web page of the Office of Student Financial Aid web site to review eligibility requirements and the procedure for applying for this grant.
Introduced for the 2010-2011 academic year, this Federal grant program benefits certain survivors of U.S. military personnel who lost their lives as a result of the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts.
|Special Note to those Undergraduate Students who did not file a 2013-2014 FAFSA prior to March 2, 2013: The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has suspended the processing of new MAP grants for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year as funding was not available on and after that date. Early suspension of awarding was due to the higher than expected volume of students applying for financial aid for the upcoming year. For more information concerning the suspension please review ISAC's announcement on its Monetary Award Program (MAP) web page.|
By applying for financial aid and agreeing to share that information with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) you have been considered for the State of Illinois (IL) Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant. If you were determined to meet the eligibility criteria for the MAP grant, an award is included on this award letter. This award may be an estimate made by the financial aid office and, if so, is identified as a “State of IL MAP Grant (Est.)”. MAP grants are limited based on the number of applicants and funding levels appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly. Please be aware that in light of state funding constraints, reductions to estimated or actual MAP grants are possible.
Eligibility for a MAP grant is tracked by the equivalent number of semester credit hours of MAP benefits paid on your behalf. This is called MAP Paid Credit Hours. Payment for each term is being made according to the equivalent number of credit hours eligible for MAP payment, with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 15 Paid Credit Hours.
There is a limit on the number of MAP Paid credit Hours that can be paid while you are classified by your school as a freshman and sophomore. This limit is the equivalent of 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours. If this maximum is reached, you must attain junior status for your MAP grant eligibility to resume. The maximum number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be received is capped at 135.
If a State of IL MAP Grant (Est.) is not included in your award letter, you are not eligible for the grant at Chicago State University.
Please review the "2013-2014 Monetary Award Program (MAP) Right and Responsibilities" (.pdf) as published by ISAC.
Cost of Attendance (COA) is the total amount it will cost you to go to school over a typical nine-month period. It is determined using rules established by federal law. The COA includes tuition and fees, on campus room and board (or a housing and food allowance for off-campus students), an allowance for books and supplies, transportation, loan fees, and, if applicable, dependent care. It also includes miscellaneous and personal expenses, which include an allowance for the rental or purchase of a personal computer. The COA is designed to be a reflection of costs associated with attending CSU. COA does not accommodate a lifestyle of luxury but rather addresses basic costs associated with going to school and maintaining a modest lifestyle. COA is the cornerstone of establishing a student’s financial need as it sets a limit on the total aid that a student may receive for purposes of determining eligibility for the ACG and SMART Grant programs, Campus-Based Programs such as SEOG and Work-study, and Stafford/PLUS loans. CSU has, for the 2013-2014 academic year, established COA figures for both undergraduate and graduate students. To review all budgets please access, and download if you wish, the 2013-2014 Cost of Attendance chart which reflects all 2013-2014 figures. You may also review your individual COA figures on CSU X-Press. Please note that as nearly all students will be "Offered" loans as part of their financial aid award package, the COA includes estimated/average Loan Fees as a component. In the event that you do not accept a loan(s), or for some reason are not eligible for a loan(s), the Loan Fees component may be reduced to zero.
Your Financial Aid Award Package may indicate that you will be receiving a scholarship, grant or stipend, hereafter collectively referred to as scholarships, from a source other than those managed by the Office of Student Financial Aid. All such scholarships must be reported to the CSU Scholarship Coordinator, as the receipt of same may have an effect on a student’s eligibility for other forms of financial assistance including loans and work-study funding. For more information please visit the Procedures for reporting Scholarships, Grants, Stipends and other forms of Gift Aid web page.
CSU's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy measures whether students are progressing at a reasonable rate toward the completion of their educational objective. Students must be in compliance with this policy in order to maintain continued financial aid eligibility. The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is available for review and download from the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) web page, and is published in both the CSU Undergraduate Catalog and the CSU Graduate Catalog. Copies of the policy is also available from the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Full-year Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS and Graduate PLUS) will be disbursed in two installments. The first disbursement, from Direct Loans, is scheduled to take place approximately one week prior to the beginning of the Fall semester. The second disbursement, from Direct Loans, will take place approximately one week prior to the beginning of the Spring semester. You will receive a disclosure statement from Direct Loans once your loan(s) is processed confirming the actual dates. If you have a credit balance on your student account, after all your financial aid and loans are received and your tuition and any other charges you may have have been paid, you will be issued the credit balance remaining on your account. Credit balances are issued by the Office of the Bursar, not the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of the Bursar will notify the CSU community as to when credit balances will be issued.
If you fail to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, or do not attend the Spring semester, your financial aid awards may need to be revised, returned or canceled. If your enrollment should drop below half-time status this occurrence must be reported immediately, in writing, to the Office of Student Financial Aid so that we can make any appropriate adjustments to your grant and/or loan disbursements. Remember you must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis in order to maintain loan eligibility. Failure to report changes in a timely manner may result in significant delays in processing your credit balance, or might result in you owing a balance to CSU if your credit balance is issued prior to any required adjustment(s) being made due to untimely notification (or no notification) of a change in your enrollment.
REMEMBER: Awards are based upon full-time attendance (except as otherwise noted) in an eligible academic program and the information currently available on your SAR. Should you enroll at a less than full-time status, change academic programs or enrolled hours, or if the information on your SAR should change (either through the verification process or changes you make to your SAR) the amount(s) of any award(s) may decrease, increase or be eliminated entirely.
To review and properly respond to this offer of financial assistance, continuing students may access and review their packages by entering Cougar Connect and continuing on to CSU X-press.
Students who have yet to be admitted, but have completed a FAFSA and have listed Chicago State University as one of the schools to which they would like their financial aid profiles submitted, may access and review their packages through CSU X-press.
You will need to download forms/documents on this web site.