Financial Aid Office

Student Aid FAQ's

Can I receive federal financial aid if I enroll less than full time?

  • Yes. If you are enrolled at least half time, you may be eligible for Federal Pell Grant, Direct Loan, PLUS (parent) loan funds, Federal SEOG, Perkins Loan aid, and Work-Study employment assistance. If you enroll in less than half time, you may still qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.

Can financial aid be used to cover the cost of classes that are being audited?

  • No. Audited classes do not count when determining enrollment status for financial aid.

What kind of financial aid is available to graduate students?

What is an EFC?

  • The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is determined from the income and asset data you entered on your FAFSA. This amount is a reflection of your family's financial strength, an estimate of the amount of money that is expected to be available for spending on higher education expenses.

How do I find out how much financial aid I am eligible for?

  • After CSU receives your FAFSA and (if you are selected) the FAFSA verification process has been completed, you will be issued an award notification listing the types of aid you have been awarded. An email will instruct you how to access the Fin Aid tab in CampusNet.

Does receiving a scholarship affect my federal financial aid eligibility?

  • Sometimes. You are not permitted to receive financial assistance greater than the total cost of attending CSU. Therefore, if you qualify for a scholarship after having been awarded federal financial aid, some of your federal assistance (usually loan eligibility) may have to be reduced. If this occurs, you will be notified immediately. Read more frequently asked questions regarding scholarships.

The total amount of financial aid I'm receiving is greater than tuition invoices. What happens to the extra money?

  • Any remaining funds available after all your fees have been paid will be issued to you. You may view this amount by going into CampusNet and selecting the Account tab. If you see an amount in parenthesis ( ), that is your refund amount. The Office of Treasury Services issues refunds twice a week. If you refer to your CampusNet account, you will see when your refund was issued. If you have questions or concerns about your refund, contact Campus411 All-in-1 in Main Classroom 116, or call 216.687.5411 or 888.CSU.OHIO or email

How do I receive summer financial aid?

  • Students may use remaining Federal Pell Grant and Direct Loan eligibility, which requires minimum enrollment of 6 credits for summer study. Campus-based aid (SEOG, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work Study), Institutional Grants (Residence Hall Grant) are not available summer semester.
  • Students applying for summer financial aid should finalize their registration by the first day of summer classes. To have your eligibility evaluated, please contact Campus411 All-in-1 at 216-687-5411, or email at
  • Summer semester is considered the last semester of our academic year. Financial aid is based on your remaining eligibility from your current FAFSA results.

What aid is available for Visiting Students (non-degree, visiting, and transient) in the Summer semester?

  • Visiting (non-degree, visiting, and transient) students who are enrolling at CSU this summer are not eligible for CSU administered financial aid, including alternative/private loans. Visiting students should consult their home institution for aid eligibility. You should make payment arrangements., Ffor instance, get on the Budget Payment Plan which you will sign up for in CampusNet. For more information about payment options visit the Treasury Services website

I have a brother and a sister who also attend college. Does this impact my federal financial aid eligibility?

  • Yes. Be sure to include this information on your FAFSA. Your eligibility for federal assistance, as well as the eligibility of both your siblings, is adjusted due to your family having more than one dependent child attending college.

My dad lost his job several months ago and hasn't yet found employment. Can I have my financial aid eligibility recalculated?

  • Yes. Your federal financial aid eligibility for the school year is initially based on income and asset data from the most recent 12-month calendar year (January through December). However, if you and/or your parent(s) experience a significant change of economic circumstances during the subsequent calendar year, be sure to contact Campus411 All-in-1 in Main Classroom 116, or call 216.687.5411 or 888.CSU.OHIO or email With proper documentation, your federal aid eligibility adjusted. The petition for this can be found on the Financial Aid Forms page.

Will my financial aid be affected if I drop or withdraw from a class?

  • When dropping or withdrawing from class(es) many things are looked at to see how much it will impact your financial aid. The date of withdrawthe amount of credit hours for the class(es), and your last date of attendance in the class(es). Based on this information, you may be required to repay some of the grant and/or loan assistance that was credited to your CSU account for the semester. You should contact Campus411 All-in-1 in MC 112, or call 216.687.5411 or 888.CSU.OHIO or email to find out specifically how you will be affected.

I'm planning to withdraw from all of my classes at CSU. How does this impact my financial aid?

  • According to the date you withdrew (and your last date of class attendance), a portion (or all) of the federal grant and loan assistance that was credited to your CSU account for the semester may have to be returned to the U.S. Treasury. If money is returned, it will create a balance in your account and you will be responsible for paying that money to CSU.