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Students must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for most federal, state and institutional funding:

  • Must meet eligibility requirements set by the U.S. Dept. of Education.

  • Must file a FAFSA for the current academic year.

  • Must be admitted as a degree-seeking student to a qualified undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, or eligible certificate program (for information about your particular certificate program, please contact Financial Aid). Some types of aid are restricted to certain degree levels and/or programs.

  • Must be registered with the Selective Service Administration, if required by law.

  • Must not be in default on any prior student loan.

  • Must not owe a repayment on any Title IV financial aid.

  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.

  • Must submit all requested documents and those documents must not be found to limit your eligibility.

  • Must enroll in CCSU classes such that it allows for disbursement of your offered financial aid (see CCSU's Census policy).


Eligibility for different categories of aid is based on financial need as determined by the financial aid system developed by the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Education (ED).  

The process of need analysis determines how much students are expected to contribute from their own resources ("expected family contribution," or EFC) and how much aid students are eligible to receive. Financial need analysis considers the student's income and assets and the size of the household (whether the student is married or has dependents). 

The total amount of aid a student qualifies for cannot be higher than the total Cost of Education for an institution. This figure includes tuition, fees, room and board, and other living expenses. The amount of need-based financial aid a student qualifies for is determined by subtracting expected family contribution from the Cost of Education. 

A financial aid package contains a combination of different types of aid. The first step in determining a student's financial aid package is through the process of need analysis conducted by the federal government to determine eligibility for its programs.  To receive Perkins, Direct Stafford and Direct Grad-PLUS Loans, or Federal Grants an applicant cannot be in default on a student loan or owe a repayment.  The biggest share of a student aid package maybe in loans and the largest loan will be the Federal Direct Stafford Loan (Subsidized or Unsubsidized) or Graduate PLUS loan. Please note that eligibility to receive the Parent PLUS or Graduate PLUS Loan requires good credit.



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