The Office of Student Financial Aid is pleased to offer the following information
concerning financial assistance to students of the College of Pharmacy.
you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming
2014-2015 academic year. You are encouraged to file on-line at www.fafsa.gov (you may link to this web site through the Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA) link on the Office of Student Financial Aid page of the Chicago State University
[CSU] web site). CSU’s federal school code is 001694. You will need to enter this
code on your FAFSA so that CSU will receive a copy of your application. The information
you provide on the FAFSA will assist us in determining your eligibility for the following
financial aid programs:
Federal Direct Stafford Loan
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
Students planning to enroll for the Fall semester should have a completed FAFSA on
file with the Office of Student Financial Aid no later that May 15th.
Federal Education Loans for Students - Loans are borrowed money that must be repaid, with interest. Eligibility requirements,
interest rates, and repayment periods vary. Students may apply for Federal Direct
Stafford Loans which will afford those who are eligible the opportunity to borrow
up $33,000 per academic year. Students requiring additional funds, if they have remaining
need in their Budget or do not qualify for Stafford, may apply for the Federal Direct
Graduate PLUS Loan and/or Private Education Loans (also known as Alternative Education
Loans - discussed below)
Information concerning your individual eligibility for Federal Loans, as well as the
process to receive said loans may be viewed on both the Your Financial Aid Award Package web page and the Apply for Loans web page.
Special Note: To those newly admitted, or yet to be admitted
Until which time that you have been fully admitted to the university and our student
record system has been updated to reflect your enrollment status as a College of Pharmacy
student, your financial aid award package, if you have completed a FAFSA, will reflect
loan eligibility based on enrollment as a regular graduate student, such as a Master’s
candidate, not the higher loan limits associated with the PharmD program. Once you
have received your acceptance letter please allow up to 2-3 weeks for our system to
be updated to reflect your correct academic status. Once this has been accomplished
the Office of Student Financial Aid will recalculate your financial aid package and
notify you that you should, once again, access the Your Financial Aid Award Package web page, and ultimately CSU X-press to review and accept any offered financial aid
Private Education Loans (a/k/a Alternative Education Loans) - There may be instances where you may not qualify for Direct Loans or it may be
that you are not eligible for sufficient funding of your needs under this federal
program. If that is the case you might wish to pursue a Private Education Loan. In
most instances lenders will notify our office if you have applied for, and been approved
for, a Private Education Loan and request that we certify your enrollment status/eligibility.
In some instances you may need to either notify us that you have been approved or
you may need to provide us with a paper certification form. For more information concerning this process check with your lender. We will perform eligibility certification for any lender or loan product you desire.
CSU does not maintain a Preferred Lender list for entities that offer Private Education
Loans nor do we recommend any particular private lender or private loan product.
Student Employment - Student employment provides the opportunity to earn money to help pay for school
expenses. Students work in most departments of CSU. For more information please visit
out Student Employment web page.
Veterans / Military Benefits – Veterans, some survivors of veterans, and military personnel may be eligible to
receive benefits from programs administered by the Office of Student Financial Aid.
These programs include, but are not limited to:
Illinois Veterans Grant
Montgomery GI Bill
Post 9/11 GI Bill
For more information please visit our Veterans Affairs web page.
Scholarships – The Office of Student Financial Aid maintains a large database of scholarship opportunities.
You may access this information, as well as links to numerous sources of educational
funding, through the Scholarship Information web page of the Office of Student Financial Aid web site.
Please Note:All scholarships, grants, stipends and all other form of gift aid, hereafter collectively
referred to as scholarships, must be reported to the CSU Scholarship Coordinator,
as the receipt of any scholarship may have an effect on a student’s eligibility for
other forms of financial assistance including loans and work-study funding. If a scholarship
is processed through a CSU office it is necessary for that office to notify the Scholarship
Coordinator of scholarship funds awarded to, or received by, a student. If a student
secures a scholarship on his/her own it is mandatory that the student notify the Scholarship
Coordinator of that scholarship. In order to facilitate the notification process an
Award Notification form is available on the Scholarship Information web page of the Office of Student Financial Aid web site.
After you have completed your FAFSA and we have received a copy of your Student Aid
Report (SAR), issued by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), we will send you
an e-mail referring you to our Your Financial Aid Award Package web page which will give you information concerning the loan process at CSU and
provide you with a link to CSU X-press where you may review you award package and
accept any funding that you desire. We will also send you a notice referring you to
our Student Requirements and Special Notices web page if we are informed that there is information missing from your FAFSA or
if you have been selected by the USDE for the Verification process. Additionally,
once you have accepted an "Offered" loan, and it has been processed, you will again
receive notice from us. In all these instances the notices you receive will be directing
you to access a web page that will give you further information regarding your status.
These web pages will link you to CSU X-press, the university's secure student records web site.
Cost of Attendance (a/k/a Cost of Education or Student Budget)
Chicago State University has, for the 2014-2015 academic year, established Cost of
Attendance for College of Pharmacy students as follows:
||Tuition and Fees
||Room and Board
||Books and Supplies
||Loan fees (if applying for Stafford and/or PLUS loans)
||TOTAL with loan fees
||Tuition and Fees (estimated)
||Room and Board
||Books and Supplies
||Loan fees (if applying for Stafford and/or PLUS loans)
||Total with loan fees
Satisfactory Academic Progress - CSU's Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy measures whether students are progressing at a reasonable rate toward the completion
of their educational objective. Students must be in compliance with this policy in
order to maintain continued financial aid eligibility.
E-mail - Until which time you are admitted, all Financial Aid communications will be sent to
the e-mail address reflected on your FAFSA. Once you have been admitted, all Financial
Aid communications will be sent to your CSU e-mail address. Check it often!
Your Financial Aid Package - Students who have yet to be admitted to the university, but have completed a FAFSA,
may review their financial aid package on CSU X-press. Continuing students may access CSU X-press through Cougar Connect.
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 CSU X-Press.
What if I Have Questions?
Contact us! We are here to help.
Office of Student Financial Aid
Cook Administration Building Room 207 9501 South King Drive Chicago, Illinois 60628-1598 Telephone: 773-995-2304 Fax: 773-995-3574 E-Mail: email@example.com Web site: www.csu.edu/financialaid
Please identify yourself as a College of Pharmacy student when calling our office.
Although they are not part of the Office of Student Financial Aid, the following two
CSU offices are an integral part of the financial services provided by the university:
Office of the Bursar - Students who do not wish to apply for, or do not qualify for, financial aid funding
may consult with the Office of the Bursar regarding tuition payment options such as
payment plans and on-line payments. The Office of the Bursar will also provide you
with statements for all billable services provided by the university. The Office of
the Bursar is located in Room 213 of the Cook Administration Building. Telephone:
773-995-2470. Fax: 773-821-2510.
Cashiering Operations- The Cashiers accept all payments for tuition and other services provided by the
university including Commuter Meal Plans, copy services, CSU Child Care, Wellness
Center services and transcripts. The Cashiers sell parking passes, CTA passes and
postage stamps, and provide Notary service. The Cashiers are located in Room 211 of
the Cook Administration Building. Telephone: 773-995-2029. Fax: 773-821-2872.
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