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Financial aid is funding used to help pay for college, including:

Federal Aid | CSC Scholarships | Outside Aid


It's FAFSA NOW November!
Do your 2018 - 2019 FAFSA during the month of November.

  • It's FREE to apply--check out the process below.
  • You will use your 2016 tax information
  • Supplemental Grants and Work-Study are first-come, first serve--DON'T MISS OUT!
  • 2018-2019 FAFSA Priority Deadline is February 1, 2018!

Need help? Check your EagleMail for information about our FAFSA events throughout the month or contact START!


Navigating the Federal Financial Aid process:

How to apply: FAFSA

To be considered for federal funds like Pell Grant, Direct Loans and Work-Study, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You must do a new FAFSA prior to each academic year, for which you wish to be considered.

Students and parents of dependent students are required to create a FSA ID in order to sign the FAFSA electronically. Use this chart to determine which parent's information to use on the FAFSA.

You are encouraged to complete your FAFSA no less than 90 days prior to the start of the term or session for which you plan to begin.

For more information about applying for federal aid, visit studentaid.ed.gov.

The FAFSA is sent to CSC electronically. Check your MyCSC To Do list and EagleMail for updates on your FAFSA processing status.

Am I a Dependent or Independent Student?

The Dependency Questions on the FAFSA determine your dependency status, as shown in the image below.

For more information about dependency and a list of the dependency questions, visit studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/filling-out/dependency.

What Happens Next & Verification

Once CSC has your FAFSA, you will receive an email via EagleMail letting you know we have it. It can take 4-6 weeks to process your FAFSA.

Verification: About 1/3 of financial aid applications are selected for verification. This means you are required to provide additional documentation to CSC, before your federal aid can be awarded. If you are selected, the documents the START Office needs will be listed on your MyCSC To-Do list.

It is important you check your MyCSC To Do list and your EagleMail for notifications of any other documents we may need or questions we might have, as we review your FAFSA.

You will be notified via EagleMail when your financial aid package is ready to view in your MyCSC account.

How Your Aid is Calculated & Eligibility Information

Once you have submitted all required documents, your eligibility for federal aid is dependent on the following:

Visit studentaid.ed.gov for a detailed explanation of these calculations.

Eligible students are awarded most aid on a first-come, first-serve basis without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Your EFC is indicated on both our Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR) and your Student Aid Report (SAR). EFC is calculated from the information provided on your FAFSA and usually reflects the amount you and your family can be expected to contribute. CSC uses this number to determine your financial aid need. Your EFC and your eligibility for Pell Grant is the same wherever you decide to attend.

Cost of Attendance (COA)

The COA is based on costs for two semesters and includes allowances for tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies, transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses. Tuition, fees and book costs are based on enrollment status (full time, 3/4, 1/2 and less than halftime). Room, meals, transportation and personal expense costs are based on weeks of enrollment.

Your eligibility for need-based aid (grants, Subsidized Loan and/or Work Study) is determined using the following formula: 

COA - EFC = Financial Need or
Eligibility for Need-Based Aid


To determine how much
non-need-based aid you can receive (Direct Unsubsidized Loans and/or Parent PLUS loan), CSC takes your cost of attendance and subtracts any financial aid you’ve already been awarded.

COA - All other financial aid = 
Eligibility for Non-Need-Based Aid

Cost of Attendance for 2017 - 2018 Aid Year

These are the estimated costs (CO based on enrollment status, residency status and living arrangements.

UNDERGRADUATE (2017 - 2018 Aid Year)

Full Time: (12+ credit hours)

   On/Off Campus Resident/ Non-Resident Online Only With Parents Resident/ Non-Resident 
Tuition/ Fees  $7122 $8346 $7122
Books $1680 $1680 $1680
Room/Meals $208/ week $208/ week $142/ week
Transportation $62/ week $62/ week $62/ week
Personal Expenses $79/ week $79/ week $38/ week
3/4 Time: (9-11 credit hours)
   On/Off Campus Resident/ Non-Resident Online Only With Parents Resident/ Non-Resident
Tuition/ Fees  $4370 $5008

$4370

Books $1250 $1250 $1250
Room/Meals $208/ week $208/ week $208/ week
Transportation $46/ week $46/ week $19/ week
Personal Expenses $55/ week $55/ week $27/ week
1/2 Time: (6-8 credit hours)
  On/ Off Campus Resident/ Non-Resident Online Only With Parents Resident/ Non-Resident
Tuition/ Fees  $2912 $3338 $2912
Books $840 $840 $840
Room/Meals $208/ week $208/ week $142/ week
Transportation $30/ week $30/ week $11/ week
Personal Expenses $41/ week $41/ week $19/ week
Less Than 1/2 Time: (1-5 credit hours)
  On/ Off Campus Resident/ Non-Resident  Online Only

With Parents Resident/ Non-Resident

Tuition/ Fees  $1456 $1670

$1456

Books $420 $420 $420
Room/Meals $0 $0 $0
Transportation $16/ week $16/ week $4/ week
Personal Expenses $0 $0 $0

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GRADUATE (2017 - 2018 Aid Year)

Full Time: (9+ credit hours)

  Resident Graduate Graduate Online Only
Tuition/ Fees  $5140 $6260
Books $1680 $1680
Room/Meals $208/ week $208/ week
Transportation $62/ week $62/ week
Personal Expenses $79/ week $79/ week
1/2 Time: (6-8 credit hours)
  Resident Graduate Graduate Online Only
Tuition/ Fees  $3426 $4174
Books $840 $840
Room/Meals $208/ week $208/ week
Transportation $30/ week $30/ week
Personal Expenses $41/ week $41/ week

Non-Resident Scholars recipients receive Resident COA. Online students receive Resident COA.

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Viewing, Accepting and/or Declining Your Awards

You will receive notification that you have financial aid awarded to you via EagleMail. You will view and accept/decline your awards in your MyCSC account.

NOTE: Graduate students only qualify for Unsubsidized Direct Student Loans

Click this tutorial for Viewing, Accepting and/or Declining your Awards.
Remember to review the Rules & Regulations associated with receiving Federal Aid.

Grants
Federal Pell Grant and Supplemental Grant funding is automatically accepted, on your behalf, by CSC. The Nebraska Opportunity Grant will appear as "unaccepted" but will be accepted, on your behalf, once approval is granted from the State of Nebraska.

Scholarships
You must accept scholarships awarded by CSC. Thank you notes may be required for certain awards and will be put on your To Do list for you to complete (you do not need to write thank you notes for waivers).

Outside Scholarships
These are awards reported to CSC using the Outside Scholarship Notification Form. Outside Scholarships will show as "accepted" once the funding is received by CSC from the scholarship donor/foundation. You do not need to accept Outside Scholarships via MyCSC.

Direct Student Loans
When accepting your loans, be sure to accept an amount appropriate for the aid YEAR. The amount you accept is divided in half--half for fall, half for spring. For example, if you accept a $1000 loan, you will receive $500 in the fall and $500 in the spring.
If you are starting at CSC in the spring, you will receive the full amount you accept for the spring term.

If you accept Direct Student Loans (Sub or Unsub), and you are NEW to CSC, you will be required to complete Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Promissory Note.

Click the tutorial below for steps to complete these items at studentloans.gov
Direct Student Loan Document Tutorial

Parent PLUS Loans
If your parent has decided to pursue a Parent PLUS loan, and you have accepted this loan via MyCSC, additional documents are requested on your MyCSC To Do list which the borrowing PARENT must complete. The Parent PLUS loan is subject to credit approval.

Click the tutorial below for steps to complete these items at studentloans.gov
Parent PLUS Loan Document Tutorial

Special Circumstances

If you feel you or your family have special circumstances that may affect your need for federal financial aid, you may complete the Special Circumstances Request Form.

Examples of special circumstances include but are not limited to:

  • Abandoned by parents
  • Unusually high medical expenses
  • Loss of employment or income
  • Received one-time lump sum income
  • Loss of parent
  • Parent's divorce

Your request will be reviewed, and you will be notified within 7-10 days if we need additional information. If we do not need additional information and your request is accepted, we will proceed with the request. Once a decision is made, it cannot be appealed to the United States Department of Education.


IMPORTANT FEDERAL AID RULES AND REGULATIONS:

Satisfactory Academic Progress | Rights & Responsibilities of Receiving Financial Aid

Outside Aid/Scholarship/Resources

If you receive scholarships, grants, tuition waiver assistance, veteran's benefits, or any other assistance through an agency or organization other than CSC, you must report that assistance to the START Office so it can be included in your total financial aid package using the CSC Outside Scholarship Notification Form.

As a financial aid recipient, you are legally required to keep the CSC informed of all resources received from outside agencies or organizations. If you receive additional awards from other agencies or organizations any time during the award year, we may have to adjust your Federal Student Financial Aid award or you may be required to return a portion of your Federal Student Financial Aid.

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