Financial Aid Office

Student Consumer Information

Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is important for students to understand when it comes to their education expenses. The COA is an estimate of your educational expenses for a period of enrollment, generally two full-time semesters. The cost figures are a combination of tuition and applicable fees and allowances for related educational expenses such as books, transportation and personal and miscellaneous expenses. The COA also includes an average room and board plan as well as a room and board allowance for those who choose to live off-campus.

Every student will be charged tuition, the UPass fee and other applicable lab and technology fees. Full-time tuition is defined as a minimum 12 credits. Tuition is based on credit hour enrollment, Ohio residency and a student's academic program (undergraduate, graduate and law). Students living in a university residence hall will be assessed room and board charges. All other figures included in the COA are estimated expenses associated with attending the University and vary with each student. The tuition and fees schedule are subject to change without notice by the CSU Board of Trustees.


On or Off Campus
Live w/Parent
Out of State
2 semesters 1 Semester 2 semesters 1 Semester 2 semesters 1 Semester
Full-time Full-time Full-time Full-time Full-time Full-time
Tuition/Fees 9,786 4,893 9,786 4,893 13,028 6,514
Room/Board 12,000 6,000 6,000 3,000 12,000 6,000
Personal/Misc 1,700 850 1,700 850 1,700 850
Transportation 1,770 885 1,770 885 1,770 885
Books and Supplies 800 400 800 400 800 400
Loan Fees 78 39 78 39 78 39
Total $26,134 $13,067 $20,134 $10,067 $29,376 $14,688
Graduate student 12 credits
On or Off Campus
Live w/Parent
Out of State
2 semesters 1 Semester 2 semesters 1 Semester 2 semesters 1 Semester
Full-time Full-time Full-time Full-time Full-time Full-time
Tuition/Fees 12,886 6,443 12,886 6,443 24,106 12,053
Room/Board 12,000 6,000 6,000 3,000 12,000 6,000
Personal/Misc 1,700 850 1,700 850 1,700 850
Transportation 1,770 885 1,770 885 1,770 885
Books and Supplies 800 400 800 400 800 400
Loan Fees 174 87 174 87 174 87
Total $29,330 $14,665 $23,330 $11,665 $40,550 $20,275
LAW STUDENT* (13-18) credits
2 semesters 1 Semester 2 semesters 1 Semester
Tuition/Fees 26,270 13,135 36,022 18,011
Room/Board 14,516 7,258 14,516 7,258
Personal/Misc 1,700 850 1,700 850
Transportation 1,770 885 1,770 885
Books and Supplies 1,500 750 1,500 750
Loan Fees 502 251 502 251
Total $46,258 $23,129 $56,010 $28,055

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Repeated Course Policy

A new federal regulation limits the number of times a student may repeat a course and receive financial aid for that course. Please note that the repeat course policy for financial aid is separate from institutional academic policies regarding repeat courses.

  • A student may receive aid when repeating a course that was previously failed (received a 0.0 or No Pass), regardless of the number of times the course was attempted and failed.
  • A student may receive aid to repeat a previously passed course (D or higher) one additional time. This includes course(s) transferred from another school that were passed. Retaking “W” grade courses is not considered repeating courses.
  • Once a student has completed any course twice with a passing grade, he/she is no longer eligible to receive aid for that course.
  • If a student retakes a course that is not aid eligible, a recalculation of aid is done to exclude the credits for the repeated course. Your aid may be adjusted.
  • This rule applies whether or not the student received aid for earlier enrollments in the course.
  • Students will receive notification if they are aid applicants and attempt to repeat coursework beyond the limits

Satisfactory Academic Progress

You must achieve satisfactory academic progress toward your degree in order to maintain eligibility for most types of financial aid. To maintain satisfactory academic progress, you must meet the following three components: grade point average, completion rate requirement, and maximum time frame for degree completion. Additionally, you must be eligible to continue in your program of study in order to receive financial aid. You also need to be aware of the impact incomplete grades, withdrawals, the absence of letter grades and the treatment of transfer credits will have on your financial aid status. You can find more information on the satisfactory academic progress website.

Return of Title IV Funds Policy (RTIV)

Official/Unofficial Withdrawals:

If you are receiving federal student aid (Title IV aid) and completely withdraw (all “W” grades) or receive all non-passing grades (F, I, W, X, UD, and UF) from your course(s) during a semester, federal regulations require schools to return any “unearned” Title IV aid for the period.

In order to earn 100% of your federal student aid, you must earn at least one passing grade and/or attend through 60% of the academic period in at least one course (Summer Policy - Click Here). If you failed to earn a passing grade, but were in attendance at an academically-related activity through 60% of the period, the Financial Aid Office will verify your last date of attendance with your course instructor(s).

The following are examples of approved academically-related activities; your attendance must have been documented by an official of the university:

  • Examinations, quizzes, tutorials or lectures
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Completing an academic assignment, paper, or project
  • Attending an academic conference or study group required by the institution

In accordance with federal rules, participating in academic counseling or advisement, or logging into an online class without active participation will not be considered an academically-related activity.

The percentage of aid the student has earned is calculated using the student’s withdrawal date to determine the percentage of the period completed. For students withdrawing from all courses, the date of withdrawal is the date the student completely withdrew from all courses.

For students that receive all non-passing grades and do not attend through 60% of the period, the withdrawal date is the midpoint of the semester.

Any unearned aid must be returned to the federal student aid programs in the following order:

  • Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Direct PLUS Loan (Parent or Graduate/Prof Student)
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal SEOG
  • TEACH Grant

If it is determined that there is unearned aid, schools must return the unearned funds no later than 45 days from the date of the school’s determination that the student withdrew or failed to earn a passing grade. The school is required to return the lesser of 1) The amount of unearned Title IV aid or 2) The total institutional charges multiplied by the percentage of funds that was unearned. CSU will bill you for any account balance created when the University is required to return financial aid.

Post-Withdrawal Disbursements:

If you did not receive all the federal funds that you were awarded, you may be eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement.  The Financial Aid Office will perform a calculation to determine if you are eligible to receive all or a portion of your non-disbursed federal grant or loan funds.

A student can never receive as a post-withdrawal disbursement any funds from a disbursement that the school was prohibited from making on or before the date the student withdrew.

Schools are permitted to credit a student’s account with the post-withdrawal disbursement of Title IV grant funds without a student’s permission for current charges for tuition, fees, and room and board up to the amount of outstanding charges.  A school must obtain permission from the student for charges other than current charges.

Prior to making a post-withdrawal disbursement of loan funds, a student will be notified in writing within 30 days of a student’s withdrawal date.  Students must sign and return the Post-Withdrawal Disbursement Offer within 14 days in order to be considered for these additional funds.  In order to receive Direct Loan funds as a post-withdrawal disbursement, the loan funds must have originated prior to the student losing eligibility. 

The Stafford Master Promissory Note and Loan Entrance Counseling are required in order for the loan funds to be included in the post-withdrawal disbursement calculation. 


Important Note Regarding Summer Semester

Effective July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education has revised regulations regarding students enrolled in a semester with multiple sessions. The new regulations prevent students from enrolling in multiple sessions spanning the semester, completing a portion of the semester, and retaining all aid for the period.

The new regulations require students to earn a passing grade in their last scheduled session to earn 100% of their federal student aid. Failure to earn a passing grade in your last scheduled session may result in a return of financial aid. The following examples are the most common outcomes resulting in the return of Title IV funds:

Example 1: Student enrolled in 6W1 and 6W2; Earns a passing grade(s) in 6W1, but withdraws from all courses or fails to earn a passing grade in 6W2.

Example 2: Student enrolled in 6W1 and 12W; Earns a passing grade(s) in 6W1, but withdraws from all courses or fails to earn a passing grade in 12W.

Students are strongly encouraged to contact Campus411 All-in-1 in Main Classroom, Room 116, or call 216-687-5411 or email to determine how a drop or withdrawal may impact aid eligibility.

Code Of Conduct

Financial aid professionals employed by CSU are expected to maintain professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out his or her employment responsibilities.

Each financial aid professional:

  • Ensures that the information that they provide is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference or arising from actual or potential personal gain.
  • Does not take any action that he or she believes in against the law or regulations and is not in the best interest of the student or family members he or she is helping.
  • Remains objective during all decision-making.
  • Advises CSU of any relationship with any entity involved in said aspect of student financial aid.
  • Does not take any action to gain personal benefit.
  • Does not solicit or accept anything other than nominal value from any entity (other than the US Department of Education or CSU) involved in the student loan process.
  • Does not accept any reimbursement of expenses for serving on an advisory body or participating in a training activity of or sponsored by any such entity.
  • Discloses to CSU; in such manner as prescribed by the University, any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of financial aid.