The following criteria must be met for a student to be eligible to participate in Federal Student Aid (FSA):

  • Be a regularly admitted student enrolled in an eligible program of study for the purpose of obtaining a degree

  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, or an eligible non-citizen (verification of eligible non-citizen status may be required)
  • Be qualified to study at the postsecondary level
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on a FSA grant or loan
  • Not have borrowed in excess of the annual or aggregate loan limits for FSA
  • If the student is a male, he must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
  • Not be enrolled solely in remedial coursework
  • Not be currently enrolled in secondary school
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Not have been convicted of an illegal drug-related offense. If convicted, the student must visit FAFSA online to complete the FAFSA. The student will be asked about their drug conviction status and provided a “Drug Worksheet” to complete which determines eligibility. Additional help is available by calling 800-4FED-AID (800-433-3243)
  • Be enrolled at least half-time if applying to receive Federal Direct Loans
  • Not be incarcerated
  • Certify that FSA will only be used for educational purposes
  • Demonstrate financial need to be eligible to receive need based funding
  • Be prepared to submit any requested documentation that supports information reported on the application

Eligible/Ineligible Programs

Columbia Southern University (CSU) participates in various state and federal funding programs. All funding programs require specific qualification criteria for program funding eligibility.

CSU offers three enrollment program options, Term Enrollment Programs, Veterans Flexible Enrollment and LifePace Learning Programs. Detailed information concerning all program options can be found by navigating to the Enrollment Options page. 

Federal Student Aid Eligible Programs

Term Enrollment Programs

  • All College of Business Programs
  • All College of Arts and Sciences Programs Except Associate of Arts in General Studies
  • All College of Safety and Emergency Services Programs

Term Enrollment Funding Options

  • Title IV Federal Student Aid (FSA)
  • Veterans Affairs Benefits
  • DoD Military Tuition Assistance
  • Self-Pay (Out of Pocket)
  • Corporate Direct Billing

Federal Student Aid Ineligible Programs

LifePace Learning and Veterans Flexible Enrollment Programs

  • All College of Business Programs
  • All College of Arts and Sciences Programs
  • All College of Safety and Emergency Services Programs
  • All Certificate Programs

LifePace Learning Funding Options

  • DoD Military Tuition Assistance
  • Self-Pay (Out of Pocket)
  • Corporate Direct Billing

Veterans Flexible Enrollment Funding Options

  • Veterans Affairs Benefits