Welcome to the Office of Student Financial Aid

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. 

Summer Hours
Monday - Wednesday  8:30 AM until 5:00 PM
Thursday  8:30 AM until 7:00 PM
Closed Fridays

You need to know .  .  .
  • Creating a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID - Students, and parents of Dependent students, need to create a FSA ID (PINs are no longer acceptable) in order to access certain Federal web sites, such as fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov, 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. Please download a handy "How to create an FSA ID" guide for further information. You may also obtain additional information on the "The FSA ID is your electronic passport to federal student aid online" web page. 
  • File Your 2016-2017 FAFSA- You may file your FAFSA for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year beginning January 1, 2016 at www.fafsa.gov. Undergraduate students are encouraged to file their FAFSA as soon as possible in order to qualify for both Federal and State of Illinois funding opportunities which have limited appropriations.
  • 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.

  • TANF Scholarship (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) -  At this time funds have not been allocated for the spring semester for the TANF Scholarship. If, and when, funding becomes available it will be announced on this web site.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • CSU's U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education school code is  001694 




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 CSU X-Press.

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 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 web site publisher at csu-finaid@csu.edu



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Last Update: 05-20-2016