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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Are you ready to apply for Financial Aid? Don't wait! Get started now - the earlier you apply, the better chance you have to receive available funds. Below is a step-by-step Financial Aid application checklist and related FAQs. Any questions, please contact our office.



MARCH 1 is the priority processing deadline for all Incoming applicants to file the FAFSA.  If you meet this deadline you will be considered "on time" and eligible for need-based loans, grants, scholarships and work study.  

You do not have to be accepted by CCSU prior to filing your FAFSA. 



April 15 is the priority processing deadline for all continuing applicants and continuing students to file the FAFSA.  If you meet this deadline you will be considered "on time" and eligible for need-based loans, grants, scholarships and work study.  


 You may file your FAFSA after the posted priority processing deadline and your aid will be limited to Direct Federal Stafford loans and Pell Grant if eligible.


Financial Aid Application Checklist


Step 1: File a 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Important Tips

  • Submit only one application. Do not submit more than one application.

  • To electronically apply and sign your FAFSA, students and parents should apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. If you already have a Federal Student Aid PIN, but have lost or forgotten it, you can request a duplicate on the PIN website.

  • To reduce possible mistakes and streamline the financial aid application process, students and parents may be eligible to use the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval process. This means when you fill out your FAFSA you may be eligible to automatically transfer your federal tax information directly from the IRS into your FAFSA! To use this feature, we strongly encourage you and your parents to file your federal tax returns as early as possible before completing the FAFSA.

  • Enter CCSU's institutional code 001378 in the Federal School Code field and CCSU will receive your results electronically.

  • Review the application carefully to make sure all answers are completed and are accurate. If you or our parents have questions or are unsure on how to complete the application, call our office at (860) 832-2200. By providing complete responses, the analysis of your financial circumstances will be thorough and will provide us with the ability to be sensitive to your individual needs.

  • If you are a new CCSU student, do not wait until you are admitted to the University to apply for financial aid. The earlier you apply, the better chance you have that funds will be available.


Step 2: You will receive various notifications
  • Notification from CCSU's Financial Aid Office: Once we have received your FAFSA information, you will receive an acknowledgement Email from our office.
  • Notification from the Federal Processor: Once you have submitted your FAFSA, you will receive an email notification that will contain a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR). Your SAR can't be used to make corrections to your FAFSA. You'll need to make corrections on your SAR online using your PIN at the FAFSA website or request a paper SAR. If you submitted your FAFSA online without an e-mail address, you'll receive a paper SAR Acknowledgement. This SAR Acknowledgement will have all of the information you provided on the FAFSA.

  • Connecticut Capital Scholarship Grant Notification from the Connecticut Department of Higher Education: If you are selected to receive a Capital Scholarship Grant, you will be sent a letter by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education students must follow the printed instructions.
  • Verification Notification: You may be randomly selected by the Federal Government for a verification process. In this event, we will send you an email notification. Click here for more information.


Step 3: You are awarded financial aid
  • If you are eligible, you will be awarded financial aid. You will receive an Email notification of your financial aid award sent to your CCSU email address from our office. Or, you also may check your financial aid award status online at Central Pipeline for Students.


Step 4: Accept or decline your financial aid award
  • If you are awarded financial aid, you must accept or decline financial aid online at Central Pipeline for Students. Be sure to read our Financial Aid Award Guide, which contains pertinent information about the offer as well as explains your rights and responsibilities as a financial aid recipient. Financial aid is intended to be used to pay educational expenses.
  • You will have 15 days to accept/decline your awards. Failure to respond will result in cancellation of your awards.


Step 5: Complete additional online requirements for your student loan
    • If you accepted your Federal Direct Stafford Loan, you must complete additional requirements to receive the loan.

    • The Student is  required to:
      1. Complete an online entrance interview at StudentLoans.gov

      2. Complete an online master promissory note committing student to repay the loan. Complete the promissory note online at StudentLoans.gov

If you have been offered and accepted a Federal Perkins loan please go to signmyloan.com to complete the Federal Perkins Loan Process.


Step 6: Your financial aid refund.
  • Fifteen days after the semester begins, financial aid refunds (minus tuition, fees and housing fees) will be either directly deposited or have a checked mailed to those students who have completed steps 1-5 above.


Top 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Listing the incorrect Social Security Number or driver's license number: Triple check the numbers and have someone else check for accuracy too.

  2. Listing adjusted gross income as equal to taxes paid: Adjusted gross income will be a larger amount than taxes paid.

  3. Listing parent or student's marital status incorrectly: Provide the marital status of the parent with whom the student resides. If the parent is remarried, provide the step-parent's information as well.

  4. Leaving the question about drug-related offenses blank: If the student is unsure about this answer, check before submitting the FAFSA. A conviction doesn't always disqualify students from receiving aid. Do not leave this field blank!

  5. Missing parent's and/or student's signature: When filing the FAFSA electronically, be sure to get a PIN for the student and the parent from www.pin.ed.gov. This will serve as the student's and parents electronic signature.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

  • be registered with Selective Service (if required)

  • be admitted to the University seeking a degree or certificate

  • not owe a refund on a Federal grant or be in default on a Federal educational loan

  • be making Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits undergraduate/credential; 6 credits master's)

  • not be convicted of any illegal drug offense or be incarcerated


Students are not eligible for financial aid if he or she:

  • holds an "F" or "J" visa

  • holds an I-688A, I-688B, or I-797 visa

  • is admitted to the University as unclassified

What happens if I am selected for verification?

If you are selected for verification, you will be notified by the Financial Aid Office and will be required to complete additional steps before their financial aid application can be processed.

The Financial Aid Office will notify you via email and via Central Pipeline for Students. Go to the Missing documents items listed under the Financial Aid Tab, Tracking. 

If you are selected for verification, you will be asked to submit additional documents needed to complete your financial aid file. Do not submit documents unless requested.  Additional document(s) may include: 

  • Student (& Spouse) IRS Tax Data Retrieval*

  • Parent(s) IRS Tax Data Retrieval*(if dependent)

  • Verification Worksheet - parent and/or student

  • Selective Service Acknowledgement letter

  • Visa Verification for eligible non-citizens

  • A copy of your birth certificate

  • A copy of your social security card

  • A copy of your Certificate of Naturalization

  • Proof of orphan or ward of court status

  • A copy of your DD-214

  • Verification of legal separation (student's or parent's marital status)

* The Financial Aid Office cannot accept copies of State or Federal Tax Returns (ie. 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, etc.)

How Do I Check on the Status of My Application?

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