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Financial Aid

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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 costs.

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In an effort to encourage social distancing and enforce the shelter in place order, the Office of Student Financial Aid is working remotely. You may contact the office at or an individual staff member using the phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the Financial Aid COVID-19 web page. Stay safe and stay healthy! 

You need to know .  .  .

  • Complete your 2020-2021 FAFSA - When? Beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2019. By filing your FAFSA on, or as soon as possible after, October 1st, you establish eligibility for Financial Aid funds which have limited funding and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, such as the State of Illinois MAP Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and Federal College Work-Study. For more information please visit our Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA) web page or the U.S. Department of Education “FAFSA: Apply for Aid” web page.
  • Altternative Application to apply for 2020-2021 Illinois MAP Grants - The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid allows qualifying undocumented students and transgender students who are not otherwise eligible for federal financial aid to apply for Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants to attend eligible Illinois colleges, universities, and career education programs.
  • Creating a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID - Students, and parents of Dependent students, need to create a FSA ID in order to access certain Federal web sites, such as and, and to sign certain financial aid documents, such as the Master Promissory Notes. Creating an FSA ID is a simple process. It will only take you a few minutes. Additional information is available on the Federal Student Aid "Managing Your Account" web page.
  • Senior Citizens - Did you know that you might be eligible for free tuition? For more information please access our Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver web page.
  • Become and Stay Informed - Students are required to become familiar with all rules, regulations and issues (Federal, State and CSU) that may affect their financial aid eligibility by regularly reviewing the university's Undergraduate Academic Catalog and/or the Graduate and Professional Academic Catalog, the Office of Student Financial Aid web site, and their individual account information which they may access through Cougar Connect and on CSU X-press. Visit this web page periodically for information regarding any changes to financial aid programs that may affect your eligibility and remember to read all e-mail communications from the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • How to Register an Institutional Complaint with the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE)  If you have an unresolved complaint with CSU, or any other institution of higher education, IBHE may be able to help you to resolve your issue. 
  • CSU's U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education school code is  001694 



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 are interested in applying for admission to an undergraduate program please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions web site or contact them at 773-995-2513.

If you are interested in applying for admission to a Masters or Doctorate program please visit the School of Graduate and Professional Studies web site or contact them at 773-995-2404.

If you are interested in applying for admission to our College of Pharmacy please visit the College of Pharmacy web site or contact them at 773-995-2500.

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