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Financial Aid

CSU OnlinePlus offers programs that qualify for:

OnlinePlus credit courses are not eligible for College Opportunity Fund funding. See below for details.

If you do not meet eligibility requirements for federal or state financial aid, alternative forms of aid can be found at various banks and lending institutions.

Federal Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for online and distance students to cover the cost of tuition, fees, textbooks, and living expenses.

Eligibility

Financial aid is available to United States citizens and eligible non-citizens. To be eligible for financial aid, you must be admitted to Colorado State in a degree-seeking program and be enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester (undergraduate) or at least 5 credits per semester (graduate). You may use federal and/or state aid, however, institutional aid will not be considered.

Undergraduates will be considered for grants and loans; graduates will be considered for loans. If you are awarded a Pell Grant, you must complete 50% of your coursework before you can receive your Pell Grant. If you are awarded a Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), you must submit your first completed lesson before you can receive your SEOG. If awarded a Pell or SEOG Grant, courses must be completed by the last day of the semester. If courses are not completed, it will result in an adjustment to your financial aid.

Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you have been accepted to CSU and enrolled in your courses, a Student Financial Services representative will adjust your financial aid award to reflect the cost of your program.

To check the status of your financial aid application, visit RAMweb and click "Current Financial Aid Awards." There you can review where you are in the financial aid process, view your current award notice, accept/decline your loan(s), and complete other processing requirements.

Tuition Assistance Plans (TAP)

Many employers provide some form of tuition assistance plan (TAP). Contact your employer's Benefits or Education office for more information.

The Employer Tuition Assistance Form must be completed by you and your employer or sponsor and submitted to the Student Financial Services office. Your employer must indicate they will provide tuition assistance or reimbursement for your education. The amount your employer provides will be assessed as a resource in addition to financial aid.

Disbursement and Payment

Financial aid disbursements are made early in the semester. Students must be registered and all paperwork must be completed before financial aid is disbursed. This process takes at least three weeks.

Refunds are sent by direct deposit or mail – sign up for direct deposit in RAMweb »

Any financial aid recipient who registers agrees to pay the University according to the payment terms (found in the General Catalog under the Payment of Student Accounts section). Late charges of 1.5% per month and other penalties may be assessed for late payments.

Summer Financial Aid

Students who have completed the FAFSA for the academic year and seek financial aid for the summer semester are required to complete the online CSU Summer Financial Aid Application. This application is available in RAMweb mid-April and must be completed by July 1. Visit the SFS website for more information.

More Information

Student Financial Services
103 Centennial Hall
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1065
(970) 491-6321

Scholarships and Fellowships

Students registering for OnlinePlus courses may be eligible for the following scholarship:

Review the application for requirements and deadlines. A new application is required for each semester.

You may be able to use an existing Colorado State scholarship. Contact Student Financial Services to verify your eligibility.

The CSU Graduate School website provides information on available non-CSU internships, scholarships, and fellowship opportunities. Each year, many scholarships go unused because students are unaware of their availability. We recommend you research the abundance of scholarships and your fit with their requirements.

Military Discounts

Tuition discounts are available to military personnel admitted to a College of Business or College of Engineering online degree program.

College of Business Military Discount

The College of Business offers a 10% tuition discount for those admitted to the online MBA and CIS degree programs. For the MBA program, call (800) 491-4622 ext. 4 or email MBAadvisor@business.colostate.edu. For the CIS program, call (970) 491-4612 or email CISadvisor@business.colostate.edu.

College of Engineering Military Discount

The College of Engineering offers a 15% tuition discount on select courses for those admitted to an online engineering degree program. Call (877) 491-4336 or email onlineplus_registration@colostate.edu to learn more.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be admitted to an eligible degree program in the term you wish to receive the discount.
  • Active duty military, Reserve and Guard members in drilling status, and veterans are eligible; spouses of active duty military personnel are eligible.
  • Documentation is required, but you do not need to renew eligibility each term.

Active duty military and Reserve and Guard members in drilling status can provide one of the following to establish eligibility:

  • Military orders
  • Military tuition assistance verification
  • Transcripts from CCAF or MI institution
  • VA disability document / VA ID
  • Current pay stub

Spouses of active duty military can provide a military ID or Transfer of Entitlement Benefits form to establish eligibility.

Veterans can provide a DD 214 document to establish eligibility.

Veterans' Benefits

The Registrar's Office assists the Veterans Administration through the Veterans Educational Benefits Office by providing certification for educational benefits under:

  • Title 38, U.S. Code
    Chapter 30 (New G.I. Bill)
    Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)
    Chapter 32 (Post-Vietnam Era)
    Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance)
  • Title 10, U.S. Code
    Chapter 1606 (Selected Reserve and National Guard)

Students eligible for any benefits must contact the Registrar's Office at least six weeks prior to the expected date of enrollment. A description of the regulations governing receipt of veteran education benefits, Standards of Progress, is available through the Registrar's Office, (970) 491-4860.

College Opportunity Fund (COF)

The College Opportunity Fund stipend does not apply toward any CSU OnlinePlus courses or programs. OnlinePlus is a cash-funded and self-supporting unit and does not receive state support.

Credits earned by taking courses through OnlinePlus will not be counted toward the 145 lifetime hour maximum for COF.

Visit the College Opportunity Fund website for more information.

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