Students who wish to receive consideration for financial aid funds (grants/loans/student employment, and many scholarship programs) must complete the financial aid application process every academic year. At Chicago State University (CSU) the academic year begins with the Fall semester and ends with the Summer semester. Whether you are an incoming or returning student (in an undergraduate, graduate or professional program), the application process is the same. The first step you must take is to complete a FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA establishes eligibility for Federal Student Aid Programs and most State of Illinois and many CSU aid programs.
The 2014-2015 FAFSA establishes eligibility for the Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 semesters.
The 2015-2016 FAFSA establishes eligibility for the Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 semesters.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FILING THE 2015-2016 FAFSA: It does not matter if you (or your parents, if their information is required on the FAFSA) have not filed your 2014 taxes yet. The important thing is to do your initial FAFSA filing as early as possible on or after January 1st in order to establish eligibility for possible funds which have limited funding, such as the State of Illinois MAP Grant for undergraduate students. For more information regarding filing a FAFSA before you file your taxes please visit the U. S. Department of Education's "What if I (or my parents) haven’t completed taxes yet?" web page.
You are encouraged to complete and submit a FAFSA on-line. CSU’s Federal school code is 001694. You will need to enter this code when answering question #103 so that the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) sends us a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).
Apply for a PIN
The fastest way to complete the FAFSA application process is to electronically sign your application on-line. You can do this if you have a PIN (Personal Identification Number) assigned by the USDE. All students (and parents of dependent students) should apply for a PIN. If you do not have a PIN you may, of course, print out a signature page from the FAFSA web site and mail it to the address indicated on that signature page.
Request a copy of a Federal Income Tax Form
You will, in most cases, need a copy of your Federal Income Tax Form (and your parents' forms too, if you are a dependent student) in order to complete your FAFSA. If you can’t locate this important document(s) you can easily obtain the needed copy(s), free of charge, from the IRS.
For comprehensive information concerning your FAFSA filing options you may consult the USDE Filling Out the FAFSA web page.
Once your FAFSA has been processed you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). If you filed via the internet (and were able to sign your FAFSA with your USDE PIN) and you provided your e-mail address on the FAFSA you will be able to access your SAR via the Internet within two business days. If you filed a paper FAFSA, or via the internet without providing an e-mail address, you can expect to receive a printed copy of your SAR in approximately three weeks. Our office will receive an electronic copy of your SAR (provided you included our Federal school code) once processing is completed.
You should review your SAR thoroughly. If additional information is required, or you see that you made an error in any of the information you provided in your original filing, it is your obligation to provide the additional/correct information in order to complete the FAFSA process. Our office will receive electronic copies of any additions/corrections you make.
By filing a FAFSA, undergraduate Illinois residents are also completing the application process for the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant. Be sure to file your FAFSA as soon as possible beginning January 1st of every year for the upcoming academic year in order to qualify for all possible Illinois grants.
2015-2016 Academic Year
ISAC has suspended the announcement of 2015-2016 MAP grants for all undergraduate Illinois residents, who are not dislocated workers (DW), whose initial FAFSA was received by the U.S. Department of Education’s Central Processing System (CPS) on or after Sunday, February 22, 2015. Independent student applicants who are DW are not impacted by this initial suspension of 2015-16 MAP award announcements. DW applicants will continue to have awards announced until such time that a DW suspense date is determined. For additional information please visit the ISAC Suspension of Map Award Announcements page." In other words, if your FAFSA was not filed prior to the February 22, 2015 deadline date, you will not receive MAP for the upcoming Fall and/or Spring semesters, even if you are eligible for it based on the information provided on your FAFSA. At this time DW students are exempt from this suspension and are encouraged to file a FAFSA immediately.
2014-2015 Academic Year
Special Note to those Undergraduate Students who did not file a 2014-2015 FAFSA prior to February 27, 2014: "The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) announced it will suspend funding for the 2014-2015 Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grants for all students whose initial 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not submitted by February 27th, 2014. For additional information please visit the ISAC Suspension of Map Award Announcements page." In other words, if your FAFSA was not filed prior to the February 27, 2014 deadline date, you will not receive MAP for the Fall and/or Spring semesters, even if you are eligible for it based on the information provided on your FAFSA.
You will needto download some of the forms/documents on this web site.