The financial aid process can be confusing, and it can vary somewhat from school to
school. We hope the information provided in the links below will help alleviate any
confusion you may experience and assist you in completing the financial aid process
at Chicago State University.
Return of Title IV Funds (.pdf)
All students who withdraw from CSU are subject to the Title IV Return of Funds policy.
During the first 60% of the enrollment period, a student earns Title IV funds in direct
proportion to the length of time he/she is enrolled. The percentage of aid earned
is determined by the date the student initiates the withdraws, the total number of
calendar days in the enrollment period, and the calendar days the student completed
during the period of enrollment.
Post-Withdrawal Disbursement Policy (.pdf)
In general Universities may not disburse a Stafford or Plus loan to a student who
has ceased to be enrolled – the student is no longer eligible. In some circumstances,
however, a student who has withdrawn from CSU may be eligible for a post-withdrawal
disbursement of all or some portion of a Stafford or Plus loan. For the fully policy
select the ".pdf" link above.
CSU Student's Rights and Responsibilities (.pdf)
It is important for students to be aware of their rights and responsibilities as they
relate to applying for and receiving financial aid from Chicago State University.
Furthermore, it is important for students to note that financial aid eligibility is
determined in accordance with the laws, regulations, and appropriation of the U.S.
Congress, the State of Illinois, and Chicago State University, and is subject to adjustment
or cancellation in the event of changes to these laws, appropriations or your eligibility.
Unusual Enrollment History
Effective with the 2013-2014 academic year, the U.S. Department of Education has established
new regulations to prevent fraud and abuse in the Federal Pell Grant Program by identifying
students with unusual enrollment histories.
Fact Sheet (.pdf)
A quick reference to the financial assistance process and programs available at CSU.
Financial Aid for Graduate Students
To assist graduate students in covering the cost of their graduate study, Chicago
State University recommends that prospective graduate students begin to plan early
for financing their education.
Federal Student Aid for Adult Students (.pdf)
Are you an adult enrolling in college for the first time, or maybe returning to school
after a long break or many years? This U.S. Department of Education publication explores
the myths and facts about Federal Student Aid for adults, the type of aid available,
how to apply, tips, etc. Adult students can receive Federal Student Aid regardless of age or credit rating.
Student Aid on the Web
A U.S. Department of Education web site providing expanded information about the financial
Current and prospective teachers may qualify for the Federal Teacher Education Assistance
for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program. In order to be eligible for
the TEACH Grant, student's must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.25.
Students with incomplete grades (I) are not eligible for the TEACH Grant. Candidates
may monitor award status via CSU X-Press.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
Beginning with the Fall 2010 semester, an undergraduate student who was not eligible
for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces
and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11,
2001, and is/was under 24 years old or enrolled in college at the time of the parent
or guardian's death may be eligible to receive an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
equal to the amount of a maximum Pell Grant for the award year.
Federal Perkins Loan (.pdf)
On October 22, 2009, Wayne D. Watson, Ph.D., President of Chicago State University,
issued a Memorandum concerning “Procedures for Awarding and Disbursing the Perkins
Loan”. Please be aware that funding is very limited. A student wishing to be considered
for Perkins may make initial application by adding his/her name, and pertinent contact
information, to a "sign-up list", which will be available during regular business
hours, prior to the beginning of each academic year on August 1st, at the Office of
Student Financial Aid customer service windows.
Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) web site
Comprehensive information concerning State of Illinois and Federal funding resources
The "SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid". A comprehensive financial aid web site
Not sure what everyone is talking about? Refer to these extensive lists of financial
aid terms . . .
Financial Aid Glossary, brought to you by FinAid
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Glossary, brought to you by the U.S. Department of
Education's Student Aid on the Web web site
You will need to download some of the forms/documents on this web site.