General Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the specific requirements for individual aid programs, in order to receive financial aid at Cincinnati State you must:

  • Be enrolled in or accepted into a degree or eligible certificate program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe money back on a federal student grant.
  • Register with the Selective Service (males ages 18-26). You may register online.
  • Have demonstrated financial need as determined by your estimated family contribution.
  • Meet academic standards as set by your financial aid award and Cincinnati State’s policy for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Step 1. Apply to Cincinnati State
Step 2. Submit FAFSA for federal student aid
  • Apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID from the U.S. Department of Education.  This FSAID serves as your electronic signature.  Dependent students will need to have at least one parent obtain a FSAID as well.  You may apply for your FSAID here.
  • Be an early bird, complete the online Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) form, preferably before the February 15 priority deadline.
  • Use school code 010345 to electronically send your application to Cincinnati State.
  • You may elect to transfer your tax information for you or your spouse/parents by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) which may be available.

Step 3. Review your personal and Cincinnati State email for important notifications​
  • Login to MyServices to review the status of your financial aid and to submit forms needed to process your application.

Step 4.  Obtain additional documents, if necessary to complete processing of your application.
  • If you are selected for a process called verification, you are required to provide your IRS tax transcript.  To obtain this directly from the IRS, visit IRS Website.

Step 5. If you are interested in student loans, you are required complete the following documents:  

Financial Aid Deadlines

Federal Student Aid

February 15 Priority Deadline

Applicants should submit their FAFSA as soon as possible in order to receive maximum consideration for federal grants and loans. Applications are still accepted after the priority deadline but are subject to the availability of funds.

Institutional and Honors Scholarships

February 15 Deadline

Institutional and Honors Scholarship applications will not be accepted after this date.

Outside or Private Aid

Outside scholarship programs may have their own application deadlines that can vary throughout the year.

Questions about Financial Aid?

Check out our Financial Aid FAQ for more details about applying to and receiving financial aid, including how to check your aid status online.

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