To assist graduate students in covering the cost of their graduate study, Chicago
State University recommends that prospective graduate students begin to plan early
for financing their education. Graduate students should apply for financial aid as
soon as possible. Graduate students must be enrolled in a graduate program of study
in order to eligible for federal loans or taking coursework necessary for enrollment
in a graduate degree program.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
To apply for a federal student loan(s), students must complete the 2014-2015 Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By completing the FAFSA, you will be
considered for the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program. Student’s must be enrolled
at least half-time to be eligible for federal student loans. There are two types—unsubsidized
and Grad PLUS. The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov Chicago State University school code (001694) must be entered on the FAFSA. The
FAFSA for the 2014-2015 academic year can be completed beginning January 1, 2014.
Financial Aid Options:
Degree Seeking Graduate students may be eligible for the following:
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Eligibility
- $20,500 Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan: This federal loan is based on an individual’s credit history.
- Cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received
Veterans/Military Educational Benefits:
- Eligible veterans are eligible for IVG, Post 9/11 GI BILL or Montgomery GI Bill
- 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. See TEACH
Grant policy for TEACH Grant eligible programs via our financial aid website.
- Award amount varies. See Graduate Office for application and 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. Students selected for verification will be notified by CSU
email. No federal aid can be credited to the students account until verification is