If you're looking for financial assistance to further your education, you first need to understand the difference between scholarships and financial aid, both available through the Financial Aid Office.

Scholarships come from non-government sources such as foundations and private donors and may not have financial requirements for eligibility attached to them - a surprising number of them do not! To find out what scholarships might be available to you, consult the scholarships page for information and requirements.

Financial aid, on the other hand, comes from federal and state government sources that most definitely have financial eligibility requirements. To find out about financial aid, take a few minutes to read these pages - they'll answer most of your questions.

Did you applied for federal student aid before?

The Department of Education's Central Processing System will process your application quickly - in three to five days, provided you (and your parents, if applicable) have provided electronic signatures. If something doesn't make sense to you, or if you think your information maybe unclear, stop by our office and we will review the form with you.

Federal Pell Grant (Title IV Funds)

Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor or professional degree. For many students, Pell Grants provide a foundation of financial aid to which other aid may be added. The maximum amount a student may be eligible for varies depending on such factors as allowable cost of attendance, full or part-time enrollment, on or off campus residence and in-state or out-of-state residence. Further Information can be found at Federal Pell Grant Program.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is for students with exceptional financial need, that is, students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and gives priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. A student may qualify up to $1,000 per year depending on calculated financial aid eligibility. Visit the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program page for more information.

Work-Study

Work-Study funds pay the wages of qualified students in part-time jobs.

Federal Work-Study

A federally funded program that helps provide employment for qualified students in both on and off-campus jobs. At this time, the average wage for CSN students is $8.50 per hour. More information can be found at Federal Work-Study.

Regents Award Program

State funded program that helps provide employment for qualified students in on-campus jobs. The average wage for CSN students is $8.50 per hour.

Basic eligibility consideration for all grants & work-study funds:

You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with calculated financial aid eligibility and enrolled at CSN. A smaller Estimated Family Contribution (EFC number) on the Student Aid Report indicates a larger grant.

Repayment:

None

Limitation:

Eligibility restrictions and the size of grants depend on Congressional action and U.S. Department of Education rules.

Renewal:

Renewal of your grant and work-study funds depend on your continued financial aid eligibility and satisfactory academic progress. (Students must reapply each year.)