You have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Before we can finalize the processing of your Merit Scholarship it will be necessary for you to review and accept the Terms and Conditions as outlined in the CSU MERIT SCHOLARSHIP ACCEPTANCE STATEMENT below. Please take the time to read the entire document before indicating your acceptance.





The following Terms and Conditions apply to the Chicago State University 2015-2016 Merit Scholarship:

The Merit Scholarship covers only tuition and mandatory fees.  The Merit Book Voucher, if Offered, covers books and supplies only that are purchased in the campus bookstore.  The Scholarship does not cover any required initial deposits, application, commitment, late registration, parking, or graduation fees.  The Scholarship does not cover any distance learning fees or lab fees.

Incoming freshman, graduate, and doctoral Merit Scholarships are awarded for four consecutive years of undergraduate matriculation or up to three consecutive years of graduate matriculation. These are often referred to as "Automatic" Merit Scholarships as they will be automatically renewed in coming years (see below) if a student recipient maintains eligibility requirements.

Incoming transfer Automatic Merit Scholarships are awarded for two or three years of consecutive undergraduate matriculation.
All other Merit Scholarships (NOT Incoming or Automatic) are awarded either for the semester or for the academic year.

To renew the Automatic Merit Scholarship a student must earn a minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours as a undergraduate student or 9 graduate credit hours as a graduate student at Chicago State University each semester and achieve no less than a 3.00 (undergraduate) / 3.5 (graduate) grade point average each academic term.  This is not the cumulative grade point average.

In order for an Automatic Merit Scholarship to be applied (paid) to a student's account during the first semester in which it is offered, a student must be enrolled full-time. Automatic Merit Scholarships will only be available for the fall and spring semesters. They will not be renewed for the summer semester.
Recipients of an Automatic Merit Scholarship must complete two USA Funds Life Skills lessons every semester during which they are receiving  the Automatic Merit Scholarship. Both lessons must be completed within 60 calendar days of the beginning that semester. Failure to complete said lessons will result in the Automatic Merit Scholarship being forfeited for any future semesters. This occurrence will be final and may not be appealed. Access our USA Funds Life Skills web page for information on completing this important requirement.
There may be other renewal requirements that students must adhere to in order to have their Merit Scholarship renewed for the upcoming semester. Those requirements are determined by the awarding entity (i.e. college/department, financial aid, etc.).
If at the end of the term, the student does not meet the minimum Automatic Merit Scholarship renewal requirements, the University will discontinue the Merit Scholarship.  In the event that the Scholarship is discontinued, students may appeal the loss of the Scholarship and decisions will be made on a case by case basis. Appeals should be sent to the Merit Scholarship Administrator, in the Office of Student Financial Aid, for consideration. Scholarship reinstatement is not automatic and is not guaranteed. Examples for appeals include (but are not limited to): death in the immediate family, personal hardship (illness, accident, etc.), or family medical problems. If an appeal is denied, the student may apply for consideration for other scholarships and financial aid. Once an appeal has been denied the decision is final.

Merit Scholarship recipients considering domestic exchange, study abroad, and consortium programs must have approval from the Merit Scholarship Administrator prior to the student registering for those programs.  Students who have registered for any of those programs without prior approval will forfeit their Scholarship for future semesters with no option for reinstatement.

Recipients of the Automatic Merit Scholarship (and their parent(s) or legal guardian, if required) must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year to determine their eligibility for Federal financial aid. Please request that Chicago State University (School Code: 001694) be sent a copy of the results. The FAFSA can be completed online at The university must be in receipt of a complete and valid Student Aid Report from the U.S. Department of Education, and if selected for Verification, the student must complete the process and submit any other required documentation required by the university to establish eligibility for financial aid funding. An Automatic Merit Scholarship will not pay into a student's account until this has been accomplished.

If the recipient receives additional financial aid funds from other sources (e.g. other Merit/institutional/outside scholarships, grants, or loans) the funds must be reported to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  The Office of Student Financial Aid reserves the right to adjust scholarship awards if award recipients receive additional financial aid above the Cost of Attendance.

The sum total of a Merit Scholarship and any other Illinois scholarships/grants, including, but not limited to, MAP, Illinois Veterans Grant, National Guard, Talent Scholarships, Athletics Tuition Waivers, etc., may not exceed the total of tuition and mandatory fees for any academic period. The Office of Student Financial Aid reserves the right to adjust scholarship/grant awards in such an instance.
Withdrawal from the University before completion of a semester will result in termination of the Scholarship for that semester and for subsequent semesters with no option for reinstatement.

Automatic Merit Scholarships must be accepted by September 15, 2015, if initially Offered for the Fall 2015 Semester, or February 10, 2016 if initially Offered for the Spring 2016 Semester.

Now that you have read the Terms and Conditions you should close this web page and you will be taken back to CSU X-press where you may indicate by clicking on the "Accept" button that you have read and understand your responsibilities for maintaining eligibility for the Merit Scholarship. You may then proceed to the Accept Award Offer page (click on the next tab)  and view the amount of your Merit Scholarship.