Financial Aid Requirements
The following requirements for financial aid are applicable to students applying for financial aid by completing the FAFSA application, as well as to students who receive financial aid.
Students must be familiar with and abide by all federal, state, and institutional policies governing the receipt of financial aid funds. We encourage students to review these policies and requirements to assist you in your educational endeavors.
Questions about these policies should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by email or by calling (513) 569-1530.
Withdrawals and Refunds
To view the Withdrawals and Refunds policy, click here.
Eligibility for Aid
To receive financial aid from the federal financial aid programs, a student must:
- Have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) Certificate
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program. We encourage students to apply at least six to eight weeks in advance of the term you wish to enroll.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Have a valid Social Security number
- Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe money back on a federal student grant
- Register with the Selective Service, if required
- Have demonstrated financial need
- Meet all applicable deadlines
- Make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Not have been convicted for any illegal drug offense while receiving federal financial aid funds
- Financial aid must not exceed Cost of Attendance
2014 - 2015 Cost of Attendance (12/FA - 13/SU)
In State Out of State
Dependent $11,580 $16,920
Independent $13,716 $19,056
Detailed information on these and other financial aid eligibility criteria may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid. Visit the Office of Financial Aid in Room 155 Main Building, email or call (513) 569-1530 for more information.
Click here for information concerning how enrollment and NS designations impact your financial aid eligibility.
Although financial aid is disbursed to a student that meets certain eligibility criteria, Cincinnati State is obligated to ensure that students earn this money by attending classes.
The Office of Financial Aid is mandated by the federal government to assure that every student who receives federal financial aid has attended at least once every class for which the student registered. If it is determined that a student has not attended class, Cincinnati State is required to take away the portion of financial aid the student did not earn in order for Cincinnati State to be in compliance with federal regulations.
Regulations dictate that a pro-rata schedule be used to determine the amount of Title IV funds a student has earned when he or she completely withdraws after commencing attendance in a given term. Up through the 60% point in each payment period (term), a pro-rata schedule is used to determine how much Title IV funds the student has earned at the time of the withdrawal. After the 60% point in the payment period (term), a student has earned 100%of the Title IV funds.
Cincinnati State establishes disbursement dates that confirm the Office of Financial Aid pays students the correct amount of financial aid. Once funds are disbursed, the business office has, by law, 14 days to provide a check.
A student is expected to achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward the completion of course requirement. Progress toward course requirements is measured both qualitatively and quantitatively. SAP will be checked at the end of each term.
Students who choose to appeal a SAP suspension or termination must provide an Appeal Request and Progress Review.