Financial Aid for Graduate Students at CSU


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 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


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. See TEACH Grant policy for TEACH Grant eligible programs via our financial aid website.


Graduate Assistance:

  • 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 complete.