The mission of the Office of Student Financial Aid is to support the University's
overall goal of providing an affordable, quality education by providing financial
assistance to those students and their families seeking to offset their educational
- File your 2015-2016 FAFSA today!
All students are encouraged to file their FAFSA for the 2015-2016 academic year as
soon as possible at www.fafsa.gov. For comprehensive information concerning the FAFSA application process please access
our Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA) web page.
IMPORTANT - The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has informed us that the MAP Grant
funds for the 2015-2016 academic year are rapidly running out. They have further informed
us that unless a student files his/her FAFSA immediately, they are at a very high
risk of not receiving the MAP Grant for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic school year.
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 TODAY! 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.
- Senior Citizens! Did you know that you might be eligible for free tuition?
For more information please access our Senior Citizens Tuition Waiver web page.
- Title IV Financial Aid Funds Authorization - Federal regulations require that colleges and universities apply your Title IV Federal
financial aid funds (Direct Loans, PLUS Loans, Pell, SEOG, TEACH Grants, etc.) first
to "institutional charges", which are tuition, mandatory fees, contracted University
room and board fees, etc. In order to apply any remaining Title IV funds to non-institutional
(miscellaneous) charges including, but not limited to book vouchers and health insurance
fee, etc., CSU is required to obtain your authorization. For further information please
visit the Bursar's Office Title IV Financial Aid Funds Authorization web page.
- The Request for Increase, Decrease and/or Cancellation of Federal Loan(s)form is available for the Spring 2015 semester.
- TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Scholarship)
- New Loan Information for Borrowers - Beginning July 1, 2013 Federal Regulations for new borrowers limit the maximum time
period that you can receive Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans to 150% of the published
length of your program of study.
Quick link to COUGAR CONNECT (access your e-mail - check it often)
Quick link to the OFFICE OF THE BURSAR/CASHIER web page
Please visit this web page periodically for information regarding any changes to financial
aid programs that may affect your financial aid eligibility. Read all e-mail communications
from the Office of Student Financial Aid and remember . . .
It is the responsibility of all students to keep themselves informed as to issues
that may affect their financial aid eligibility by regularly accessing the Office of Student Financial Aid web site and
If you are a veteran, or the child or spouse of a veteran, you may be eligible for
educational benefits. For more information please visit our Veterans Affairs web site.
If you have any comments or questions about the content of this web page, or if you
should come across a broken link, please e-mail the Office of Student Financial Aid
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