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Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Be enrolled in or accepted into a degree program 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
  • If you are a male age 18 to 26, you must register with the Selective Service (You may register online)
  • Have demonstrated financial need as determined by your estimated family contribution
  • Meet academic standards set by your financial aid award and Cincinnati State’s policy for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Apply to Cincinnati State, by completing the online application form. It’s free, and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
  2. Submit the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) form, before the February 15 priority deadline.

    • Apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID from the U.S. Department of Education. The FSAID serves as your electronic signature. Dependent students will need to have at least one parent obtain an FSAID as well.
    • Use school code 010345 to electronically send your FAFSA application to Cincinnati State.
    • You may elect to transfer tax information for you, or your spouse or parents, by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) (if eligible).
  3. Regularly check your personal and Cincinnati State email for important notifications​.
    • Login to Cincinnati State MyServices to review the status of your financial aid and to submit forms needed to process your financial aid application.
  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 the IRS Website.
  5. If you are interested in student loans, you are required complete the following steps:

Financial Aid Deadlines

Q: How do I receive financial aid for the summer 2020 semester?

A: In order to receive financial aid for the summer semester, students must have a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file with the college AND register for summer classes.

Federal Student Aid - February 15 Priority Deadline. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible to receive maximum consideration for federal grants and loans. Applications are accepted after the priority deadline but are subject to the availability of funds.

Cincinnati State Institutional and Honors Scholarships - February 15 deadline. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Outside or Private Scholarship Programs may have their own application deadlines that can vary throughout the year.

Questions about Financial Aid?

See the Financial Aid FAQs for more about applying for and receiving financial aid, including how to check your aid status online.

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