Financial Aid

 

Financial Aid Process

1. Apply to CSU


Apply to CSU online or by calling the Admissions office at  (800) 947-7474 Toll Free or local (843) 863-7050. 

>> Apply to CSU ONLINE

 2. File the FAFSA


You can begin filling out the FAFSA ( Free Application for Federal Student Aid)  as early as January 1 of the academic year you plan to enter college. Remember to add CSU to your list of colleges on the application! Our federal code is School Code: 003419.  What is FAFSA? 

>> File FAFSA  

3. Receive Award Letter


If you’ve included CSU’s school code (003419) on the FAFSA and applied to CSU, the Financial Aid office will send you an award letter. This letter will list all of the federal, state and institutional aid you are eligible to receive.  



Documents

Understanding Your Award Letter
Need help understanding your awards? This document will explain awards and CSU Policies on financial aid.

|  Understanding your Award Letter 

 

CSU Worksheet
This sheet is to assist both parents/students in their financial planning for the upcoming academic year. 

       |  CSU Worksheet

  

Award Update 
If you wish to make changes to your award letter, enrollment status and/or housing selection, you will need to complete this form and return to the Financial Aid Office. 

| Award Update Form

 

Verification Worksheet
Required for students selected for verification. This form must be returned to CSU with a copy of the student’s and parent’s (or spouse’s) IRS Tax Transcripts.  Important: Your financial aid cannot be disbursed until all documents have been received by the Financial Aid Office and the verification process completed.

| Verification Worksheet 


Child Support Paid
This form is required to be filled out for anyone that has paid out child support for the tax year.

| Child Support Paid Worksheet Dependent 
| Child Support Paid Worksheet Independent

SNAP Benefits
This statement must be completed by the student (independent) or parent (dependent student) if you received benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) sometime during the previous year.    

| SNAP Benefits Dependent Student
| SNAP Benefits Independent Student


Federal IRS Tax Transcript

Federal Regulations have changed. If you are chosen for verification you may be required to provide a copy of your previous year’s IRS Tax Transcript. This is not a copy of your 1040, but a document that you can download from the IRS website which will show that you have actually filed, and they have recorded your Tax Return.  

| Tax Transcript Information


S.C. Residency 
For students who are S.C. residents and receive the S.C. Hope, Life, Palmetto Fellows or Tuition Grant, this form must be filled out to prove residency.

| S. C. Residency Form


South Carolina Certification
Required for all students receiving the following South Carolina funds: LIFE, HOPE, Palmetto Fellows, or South Carolina Tuition Grant (SCTG).

| S. C. Certification Form

South Carolina Tuition Grant Appeals 
For students who did not meet the satisfactory academic requirements to obtain the S.C. Tuition Grant. A copy of your Charleston Southern Transcript must be submitted with the form to the S.C. Tuition Grants Commission (mailing/fax information is on form).

| S. C. Tuition Grant Appeals Form


South Carolina Tuition Grant Transfers 
For students who need their S.C. Tuition Grant transferred to Charleston Southern University. Information is sent to the S.C. Tuition Grants Commission (mailing/fax information is on form).

| S. C. Tuition Grant Transfers Form

Satisfactory Progress Appeal (SAP)
Students who fail to meet the required standards may appeal to the Office of Enrollment Services to regain their eligibility to receive financial aid. View the Satisfactory Progress Guidelines

 | Satisfactory Progress Appeal Form (SAP)


FAFSA Question 23 - Drug Conviction
This worksheet must be completed since the student reported on the FAFSA that he/she had a conviction for possessing or selling illegal drugs or because he/she left Question 31 blank.

| FAFSA Question 23- Drug Conviction Form


Perkins Entrance-Master Promissory Note Online
Must be completed for first-time Perkins Loan borrowers. You will need your FAFSA Pin Number to complete.

| Perkins Entrance-Master Promissory Note

 

Direct Loan Master Promissory Note Online
Must be completed online by first-time Stafford Loan borrowers. You will need your FAFSA Pin Number to complete.

| Direct Loan Master Promissory Note Online


Direct Loan Entrance Counseling Online
Must be completed online by first-time Stafford Loan borrowers. You will need your FAFSA Pin Number to complete.

| Direct Loan Entrance Counseling Online

 

Dependency Override Checklist
Dependent students requesting review for unusual circumstance for independency status must submit the following documentation to the CSU Financial Aid Office for consideration.

| Dependency Override Checklist 

 

IRS Data Retrieval Instructions 
If you were selected for verification you must verify your tax information supplied on the FAFSA.  You can either request a copy of your previous year’s IRS Tax Transcript by visiting the IRS website at www.irs.gov or you can have your IRS Tax information verified through the  

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

 

Non-Tax Filer Statement 
This statement must be completed by the student and/or parent if you are a U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen, and/or U.S. resident and are not required to file a U.S. Federal Tax return.  You must attach copies of any W-2 form(s) and/or 1099 form(s) received for the previous year.  

|  Student Non-Tax Filer’s Statement 

|  Parent Non-Tax Filer’s Statement 

| Spouse Non-Tax Filer's Statement 

 

Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose (In Person) 
The student must appear in person at CSU to verify his or her identity by presenting a valid government-issued photo identification (ID).  

Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose (In Person)

  

Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose (To Be Signed With Notary)
If the student is unable to appear in person at CSU to verify his or her identity, the student must provide document signed with Notary.  

Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose (To Be Signed With Notary) 

 

Study Abroad Questionnaire

Charleston Southern University’s Study Abroad Guide and Questionnaire.

| Study Abroad Guide


 2013-2014 Forms 

2013-2014 Understanding Your Award Letter
2013-2014 Award Update Form 
2013-2014 Verification Worksheet
2013-2014 Child Support Paid Worksheet
2013-2014 SNAP Benefits Dependent
2013-2014 SNAP Benefits Independent
2013-2014 FAFSA Question 23 – Drug Conviction 
2013-2014 Student Non-Tax Filer Statement
2013-2014 Parent Non-Tax Filer Statement


 

Special Circumstance In response to the difficult economic hardships many families are facing, the Financial Aid Office provides the Special Circumstances Review program. This program allows staff to review changes to a family's financial situation based on information obtained through the Special Circumstance Letter. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 843-863-7050/1-800-947-7474 or by email at financialaid@csuniv.edu should you feel you have a special circumstance situation.

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