Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Financial Aid at Chadron State College

Financial aid is funding to help pay for college. This page will help you navigate the Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) process. For information about Scholarships and/or Paying for College, click the links in the left-menu.

Questions about Finanical Aid? Contact the START Office:
308-432-6060 | | Crites 114

Navigating the Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) process:

Please keep in mind it can take 4-6 weeks to evaluate your eligibility for federal aid.

How to Apply: FAFSA

Only degree-seeking students are eligible for federal aid. 

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

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


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 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 2018 - 2019 Aid Year

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

UNDERGRADUATE (2018 - 2019 Aid Year)

Full Time: (12+ credit hours)

   On/Off Campus Resident/
Online Only With Parents Resident/
Tuition/ Fees  $7384 $8788 $7384
Books $1800 $1800 $1800
Room/Meals $219/ week $219/ week $149/ week
Transportation $65/ week $65/ week $20/ week
Personal Expenses $83/ week $83/ week $40/ week

3/4 Time: (9-11 credit hours)

   On/Off Campus Resident/
Online Only With Parents Resident/
Tuition/ Fees  $4524 $5274


Books $1350 $1350 $1350
Room/Meals $219/ week $219/ week $149/ week
Transportation $48/ week $48/ week $16/ week
Personal Expenses $58/ week $58/ week $28/ week

1/2 Time: (6-8 credit hours)

  On/ Off Campus Resident/
Online Only With Parents Resident/
Tuition/ Fees  $3018 $3516 $3018
Books $900 $900 $900
Room/Meals $219/ week $219/ week $149/ week
Transportation $32/ week $32/ week $12/ week
Personal Expenses $43/ week $43/ week $20/ week

Less Than 1/2 Time: (1-5 credit hours)

  On/ Off Campus Resident/
 Online Only

With Parents Resident/

Tuition/ Fees  $1508 $1758


Books $450 $450 $450
Room/Meals $0 $0 $0
Transportation $17/ week $17/ week $4/ week
Personal Expenses $0 $0 $0

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GRADUATE (2018 - 2019 Aid Year)

Full Time: (9+ credit hours)

  Resident Graduate Graduate Online Only
Tuition/ Fees  $5338 $6592
Books $1800 $1800
Room/Meals $219/ week $219/ week
Transportation $65/ week $65/ week
Personal Expenses $83/ week $83/ week

1/2 Time: (6-8 credit hours)

  Resident Graduate Graduate Online Only
Tuition/ Fees  $3558 $4394
Books $900 $900
Room/Meals $219/ week $219/ week
Transportation $32/ week $32/ week
Personal Expenses $43/ week $43/ week

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

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.

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.

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
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 Dos which the borrowing PARENT must complete. The Parent PLUS loan is subject to credit approval. 

For information about Parent PLUS loans, follow this link:

Click the tutorial below for steps to completing the Parent PLUS To Do items:
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.

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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