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Financial Aid

Paying for Your Education –


Financial Aid is monetary assistance that is provided to help bridge the gap between your personal financial resources and the amount of money needed to pay the cost of college. Approximately 86 percent of Cleveland State University students receive some form of financial assistance. The University participates in or administers federal and state grant and loan programs.

In addition, CSU provides University grants, scholarships and student employment opportunities. 

When you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you are essentially applying for all types of financial aid including:

  • Grants : Grants do not have to be repaid and are based on financial need
  • Federal Work-Study :Federal Work-Study is a federal financial aid program that helps students meet educational expenses through work opportunities. The award is based on financial need.
  • Loans : Loans are borrowed money that you repay with interest to the lender


Applying for Financial Aid

The first step in the process is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By completing the FAFSA, you are applying for grants and self-help programs (Federal Work-Study and loans). You must file a FAFSA every year to be considered for financial aid.


Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year to be considered for grants, loans, and work study funds.

2016-2017 FAFSA for fall 2016, spring 2017 and summer 2017 semesters
2017-2018 FAFSA for fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018 semesters

There is now an easier and faster way for students/families to provide tax information when completing FAFSA. You will be prompted to enter your federal PIN link to the IRS website. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool will display your tax information and allow you to transfer the numbers directly into your FAFSA.

Access FAFSA online.

Step 1: Obtain a Federal Student Aid id (fsaid)

If you and at least one parent do not already have a FSAID, click here to request one immediately. The FSAID(similar to a password) will allow you to sign your FAFSA electronically.

Step 2: File tax returns as early as possible.

Families need to include taxable and nontaxable income on the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available to help applicants complete their FAFSA accurately.

  • It may take several weeks for the IRS Retrieval process to be available to families once their federal tax returns are filed
  • Allow at least two weeks for the IRS Data Retrieval tool to become available once you file your tax return electronically
  • Allow eight weeks for the IRS Data retrieval tool to be available if you file paper tax returns
Step 3: File FAFSA at

Complete the FAFSA each year as soon after January 1 as possible. CSU recommends you file your FAFSA early using the IRS Data Retrieval process to provide accurate tax information and avoid processing delays. It is recommended that Federal tax return(s) be filed before you complete FAFSA.

Step 4: Following up - the process
  • Be sure you listed CSU, federal code number 003032, on your FAFSA so that CSU receives your results electronically.
  • Based on the federal selection process, some families will be selected for a process called verification. These applicants will be required to submit IRS tax transcripts and other require documents to CSU before we can determine financial aid eligibility.
  • Admitted students and continuing students will receive their eligibility status or requests for additional documentation via their CSU e-mail address.
  • Students may check their CampusNet Financial Aid tab under Documents to review their status.
  • Students do not need to be admitted to CSU to complete FAFSA; however, only admitted students will receive a Financial Aid Award Letter.

Review the financial aid eligibility requirements and dependency filing status.

If you did not provide us with your social security number on your admission application, we will not be able to process your financial aid or scholarships. Please contact All-in-1Enrollment Services to complete your records.

Your academic status impacts your financial aid eligibility and application process. Review the information applicable to your status.

First-Time Applicants

  • Begin the financial aid process as soon after January 1 as possible. Only admitted students will receive information regarding their financial aid status from CSU. Freshmen must file the 2016-2017 FAFSA.

Transfer Students

  • All transfer students should complete the 2016/2017 FAFSA. If you are transferring to begin summer 2016, you also need to file the 2015/2016 FAFSA. Students who filed the FAFSA but did not include CSU as a receiving school should access their FAFSA online and add CSU as a receiving school. To add Cleveland State, the federal code is 003032. Once your request is processed and you are admitted, CSU will then be allowed to access your FAFSA and review your eligibility for financial aid.
  • If you received financial aid at a different institution for part of the academic year, financial aid offered for the remainder of the year at that school is not transferable. Be sure you file the FAFSA for the correct academic year that you will be in attendance.
  • Financial aid you received at your prior institution may affect your financial aid eligibility at CSU
  • Your financial aid loan eligibility is determined in part based on your transfer credit evaluation. If additional credits are transferable to CSU, a student may be eligible for additional borrowing. Contact All-in-1 Enrollment Services for information.


  • Student-athletes are encouraged to file a FAFSA to determine their financial eligibility. Athletes are eligible for all federal and state aid; however, NCAA rules and regulations govern the administration of all types of aid. Athletic aid is considered part of the overall financial aid package. For more information on NCAA compliance, visit



  • You will receive a Student Aid Report confirmation after your FAFSA has been processed
  • FAFSA Verification : Each year, the U.S. Department of Education selects one-third of financial aid applicants for a process called verification. Verification is a process to make sure accurate information is being provided on the FAFSA. If selected, you will be asked to provide copies of documents, including signed federal tax returns and a verification worksheet. Retain copies of any federal tax returns, untaxed benefit statements, and asset information that you used to complete your FAFSA. Forms for verification can be found on the Financial Aid page.  Financial aid applicants may check their financial aid status, including any required documentation still needed to determine eligibility, online on CampusNet.

Financial Aid Office Communications

  • Be sure to check your CSU e-mail account regularly. University-assigned student e-mail accounts are Cleveland State University’s official means of communication with all students. You are responsible for all information sent to your CSU e-mail account. If you choose to forward your University e-mail account, you are still responsible for all the information the University sent to you. 
  • Keep track of your email and read the information sent to you
  • Important documents may also be sent to your permanent mailing address. Please be sure your permanent, and, if applicable, your local address, are correct as listed with the University Registrar’s Office.

Award Letter

  • Once a decision has been made regarding your financial aid eligibility you will receive an e-mail directing you to log on to CampusNet where you can view your financial aid award and accept or decline aid that has been offered. In addition, a hard copy financial aid award letter will be mailed to your home address. Information on tuition and an estimated cost of attendance is available at


New Borrowers of Federal Stafford Loans at CSU

Stafford Loan borrowers at CSU must complete the Federal Direct Master Promissory Note and the Loan Entrance Counseling exam.

Please contact All-in-1 Enrollment Services at 216.687.5411, 888.CSU.OHIO or if you need assistance.


Scholarships do not have to be repaid and are based on many factors, including academic merit and/or financial need. 

Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

  • Incoming freshmen and transfer students are automatically considered for scholarships once they are admitted to CSU. In some cases, academic department scholarships will require a separate application. All students are encouraged to file the FAFSA, but the FAFSA is not required for scholarship consideration.

    Scholarship List

A list of scholarships offered to students is available online at

For a list of online resources for scholarship searches and a list of outside scholarships resources, visit


If you are on campus, stop by the All-in-1 Enrollment Services Office, located in Main Classroom (MC), Room 116. All-in-1 is our service center where specialists are available to answer all your financial aid questions.

Phone: 216.687.5411
Toll-Free: 888.CSU.OHIO
Fax: 216.687.9247


Mailing Address:

Financial Aid Office
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, UN301
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214




OCT 1 -  Initial Freshman Scholars and Voyager Scholarship offers mailed to admitted freshmen beginning this month.


DEC 1 -   Parent and student should secure a federal FSAID by applying online at in preparation for filing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


JAN 1 - 2016-2017 FAFSA available online at
Cleveland State University’s federal code number is 003032.

JAN 15 - Suggested date for incoming freshmen to apply to the Honors Program.


FEB 15 Priority consideration date for filing FAFSA application.

FEB 28 - Suggested date for upper division students to apply to the Honors Program.


MAR 15 - Suggested deadline to submit all requested federal verification documentation for the Financial Aid Office to determine aid eligibility.


APR 1 - Financial Aid award letter notification e-mailed to new freshmen who are admitted and whose FAFSA file is complete. The email directs students to view award letter on CampusNet and accept or decline aid.

APR 30 - Financial Aid notifications e-mailed to new transfer students who are admitted and whose FAFSA is complete. The e-mail directs students to view award letter on CampusNet and accept or decline aid.


MAY 1 - Deadline to accept your admission on CampusNet and be eligible for scholarship awards. To accept your admission to CSU simply log on to CampusNet, click on the Applicant tab and choose Yes.


JUN 1 - Merit scholarship offers mailed to eligible community college transfer students. Awards made through July 1 on a funds available basis.


AUG 27 - First day of classes - welcome to CSU!


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