School codes (required in Step 6 of the FAFSA):
CSB (women) 002341
SJU (men) 002379
There are five situations in which a student is considered independent:
There are "special circumstances" which can also be considered in determining independent status. For example, the case of a student who had been living in a foster home and not with his/her parents. Contact the Financial Aid Office to apply as an independent student based on special circumstances.
This is a financial aid myth that comes up at many colleges.
Any student receiving need-based aid is required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, and those results are used to compute the award. Financial aid packages at CSB/SJU are very similar from one year to the next provided the family’s financial situation is consistent.
Those who apply for financial aid by March 15 and demonstrate need will have the best opportunity to receive a work award. Preference is given to students with the greatest financial need. Students not offered campus employment may request that their names be placed on a waiting list. Typically, job opportunities become available to students on the waiting list in early October.
The schools themselves do not offer any discounts. However, with two or more children in the family in college, eligibility for need-based financial aid (grants, loans, student employment) may increase.
The financial aid is based on the income of the parent with whom the student lives. If that parent has remarried, the income of the stepparent is also taken into consideration in accordance with federal regulations.
Students with financial concerns are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss their financial situation. Students who need additional help beyond the financial aid package offered can usually obtain help through a variety of optional loan programs.