FAQs

Yes, if you qualify for federal student aid and your current work duties allow you to enroll in our more structured Term online learning option. By all means, combine your military benefits along with you federal student aid.

CSU is not currently approved to award Federal Student Aid in either the LifePace Learning or Veterans Advantage enrollment models. Only the Term enrollment model is eligible for federal student aid at CSU.

No, the Federal Pell Grant may only be awarded to students completing their first bachelor’s degree.

Whichever funds arrive to CSU first are applied to your outstanding tuition balance. If your Federal Student Aid arrives first, these funds will be applied to your tuition and any overage will be refunded to you. You are still eligible for the TA if your tuition is paid by your federal student aid. If your TA arrives first, those funds will be applied to your balance and the federal student aid funds will be refunded to you.

No problem, you can indicate that you do not wish to borrow direct loans on your Estimated Financial Assistance form and when we receive that document we will remove the MPN and EC from your required documents list.

No, unlike military tuition assistance and other outside funding sources you will not need to list your VA benefits on the Estimated Financial Assistance form.

Each branch of service has defined eligibility requirements for the use of military TA. The best place to start is by visiting your local education center or speaking with an education counselor to determine eligibility. You may also visit our Military page to view information regarding your respective branch of service for tips on how to start this process or contact our Military Support Group.

The American Council on Education evaluates military training and experience for academic credit, so it is best to allow a review of this documentation to determine if credit can be gained into your chosen program of study. Transcripts can be retrieved through the Joint Services Transcript System and through the Community College of the Air Force. You may also send copies of professional training certificates for review.

In many instances these benefits can be combined to support your educational pursuit, as well as Federal Student Aid. However, there are some stipulations. Please contact our Military Support Group to discuss these opportunities.

CSU will need to review each individual transcript to accurately determine transfer credit into your chosen program. We also offer a Transcript Request Service that may assist us in gaining domestic transcripts on your behalf.

We recommend registering for an eBenefits portal account to access the Veteran’s Online Application (VONAPP) for benefits. Application needs will be different depending on the type of benefit being used, so feel free to contact our Military Support Group for additional assistance with document needs.

CSU is committed to offering affordable tuition rates to our student body, and this includes our military and veteran population. Tuition costs do not exceed the DoD cap for military members using TA benefits and the online library fee will be waived. Military and veteran dependents will receive a 10% tuition discount for the duration of the program. Military spouses may be eligible to apply for the MyCAA scholarship which provides up to $4000 in tuition assistance. Please review scholarship opportunities that may be available through CSU and outside sources on our Scholarships page.

The cost of textbooks can be a financial burden in higher education. We don’t believe you should foot the bill. CSU offers textbooks at no cost to students as well as e-book optional courses and textbook-free courses. We can also ship textbooks to APO/FPO locations.

CSU understands that deployment and PCS are a reality for military students and the anxiety these events can bring. It’s normally a good idea to avoid taking a course when movement is anticipated, as interrupted internet service can make it difficult to complete course work in a timely manner. Should an unexpected reassignment or temporary duty arise while actively in a course, be sure to contact your professor and academic advisor for assistance.