Students who wish to receive consideration for financial aid funds (grants/loans/student
employment, and many scholarship programs) must complete the financial aid application
process every academic year. At Chicago State University (CSU) the academic year begins
with the Fall semester and ends with the Summer semester. Whether you are an incoming
or returning student (in an undergraduate, graduate or professional program), the
application process is the same. The first step you must take is to complete a FAFSA
(Free Application For Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA establishes eligibility for
Federal Student Aid Programs and most State of Illinois and many CSU aid programs.
The 2014-2015 FAFSA establishes eligibility for the Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 semesters.
The 2015-2016 FAFSA establishes eligibility for the Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 semesters.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FILING THE 2015-2016 FAFSA: 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 as early
as possible on or after January 1st in order to establish eligibility for possible
funds which have limited funding, such as the State of Illinois MAP Grant for undergraduate
students. 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.
You are encouraged to complete and submit a FAFSA on-line. CSU’s Federal school code is 001694. You will need to enter this code when answering question #103 so that the U.S. Department
of Education (USDE) sends us a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).
Apply for a PIN
The fastest way to complete the FAFSA application process is to electronically sign
your application on-line. You can do this if you have a PIN (Personal Identification
Number) assigned by the USDE. All students (and parents of dependent students) should
apply for a PIN. If you do not have a PIN you may, of course, print out a signature
page from the FAFSA web site and mail it to the address indicated on that signature
Request a copy of a Federal Income Tax Form
You will, in most cases, need a copy of your Federal Income Tax Form (and your parents'
forms too, if you are a dependent student) in order to complete your FAFSA. If you
can’t locate this important document(s) you can easily obtain the needed copy(s),
free of charge, from the IRS.
For comprehensive information concerning your FAFSA filing options you may consult the USDE Filling Out the FAFSA web page.
Once your FAFSA has been processed you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). If
you filed via the internet (and were able to sign your FAFSA with your USDE PIN) and
you provided your e-mail address on the FAFSA you will be able to access your SAR
via the Internet within two business days. If you filed a paper FAFSA, or via the
internet without providing an e-mail address, you can expect to receive a printed
copy of your SAR in approximately three weeks. Our office will receive an electronic
copy of your SAR (provided you included our Federal school code) once processing is
You should review your SAR thoroughly. If additional information is required, or you
see that you made an error in any of the information you provided in your original
filing, it is your obligation to provide the additional/correct information in order
to complete the FAFSA process. Our office will receive electronic copies of any additions/corrections
By filing a FAFSA, undergraduate Illinois residents are also completing the application
process for the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant. Be sure to file your
FAFSA as soon as possible beginning January 1st of every year for the upcoming academic
year in order to qualify for all possible Illinois grants.
2015-2016 Academic Year
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has yet to announce the deadline
to file a FAFSA in order to establish eligibility for MAP. ISAC has been moving up
the deadline date every year for the past six years, from September 30th to February
27th last year. It is anticipated that the deadline this year may be as early as late
January. Students are encouraged to file their FAFSA as soon as possible after January
1st in order to be on record before the 2015-2016 deadline is imposed.
2014-2015 Academic Year
Special Note to those Undergraduate Students who did not file a 2014-2015 FAFSA prior
to February 27, 2014: "The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) announced
it will suspend funding for the 2014-2015 Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grants for
all students whose initial 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
is not submitted by February 27th, 2014. For additional information please visit the
ISAC Suspension of Map Award Announcements page." In other words, if your FAFSA was not filed prior to the February 27, 2014 deadline
date, you will not receive MAP for the upcoming Fall and/or Spring semesters, even
if you are eligible for it based on the information provided on your FAFSA.
2013-2014 Academic Year
Special Note to those Undergraduate Students who did not file a 2013-2014 FAFSA prior
to March 2, 2013: The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) suspended the
processing of new MAP grants for the 2013-2014 academic year as funding after March
16, 2013. Early suspension of awarding was due to the higher than expected volume
of students applying for financial aid for the 2013-2014 academic year.
You will needto download some of the forms/documents on this web site.