Financial Aid for Graduate Students at CSU


Chicago State University recommends that prospective graduate students begin to plan early for financing their education. To start the application process in order to establish eligibility for a federal student loan(s) or the federal TEACH Grant, students must complete the FAFSA. For information on completing the FAFSA process, please access our Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA) web page. 

Degree seeking Graduate students may be eligible for the following:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Eligibility  -  Annual eligibility: up to $20,500
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan  -  Annual eligibility: Cost of Attendance minus any other financial aid funds received. Note: Eligibility for this loan is based on an individual's credit history.
  • Veterans/Military Educational Benefits  -  May be eligible for the Illinois Veterans Grant, Post 9/11 GI Bill or Montgomery GI Bill. Visit our Veterans Affairs web page for more information.
  • TEACH Grant  -  The Teacher Education for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a federal grant program. The Teach grant provides up to $4,000 per academic year. Please visit the Federal TEACH Grant web page for further information. 
  • Graduate Assistantships  -  Award amount varies. Contact the Chairperson of your major department for details.
  • Student employment - visit our Student Employment web page for details.

Please Note: Students who are selected for Verification by the U.S. Department of Education are required to submit documentation necessary to verify the information submitted on the FAFSA. No federal aid can be credited to student accounts until Verification is completed.