Chicago State University
Student Financial Aid
Welcome to the Office of Student Financial Aid

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.

You need to know .  .  .

  • 2019-2020 Financial Aid Award Packages - To review your package and respond to offers of financial assistance, continuing students may access their accounts by entering Cougar Connect and continuing on to CSU X-press. Prospective students who have yet to be admitted, but have completed a FAFSA and have listed Chicago State University as one of the schools to which they would like their financial aid profiles submitted, may access and review their packages through CSU X-press.
  • 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 "Create an FSA ID Now" 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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