Federal Student Aid

Tuition & FinancingFederal Student Aid (FSA), also known as Federal Financial Aid, offers grant and loan programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. CSU participates in the following grants and loans available through Federal Student Aid.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant  
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell grants are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and who have not yet earned a bachelors or professional degree. The maximum award for the 2014-2015 award year (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015) is $5,730.The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six year equivalent is 600%.

Federal Direct Loans

Direct Loans, from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, are low-interest loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education at a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school. Eligible students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education at participating schools.

Direct Stafford Loans include the following types of loans:

  • Direct Subsidized Loan - A federal loan awarded on the basis of the student's financial need and other specific eligibility requirements. The federal government does not charge interest on these loans while borrowers are enrolled at least half-time, during a six-month grace period, or during authorized periods of deferment.
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans- A federal loan not based on the student's financial need, but students must also meet specific eligibility requirements. Interest is charged throughout the life of the loan. The borrower may choose to pay the interest charged on the loan or allow the interest to be capitalized (added to the loan principal).
  • Direct PLUS Loans - A federal loan that graduate or professional degree students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay education expenses. The U.S. Department of Education makes Direct PLUS Loans to eligible borrowers through schools participating in the Direct Loan Program.