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Fees and Financial Assistance

Finance Information

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Financial Assistance Information

There are a variety of financial aid programs to assist students and families with meeting expenses. The following information concerning student financial assistance may be obtained from Financial Aid, BH 101, (562) 985-8403:

1. A description of the federal, state, institutional, local, and private student financial assistance programs available to students who enroll at CSULB;

2. For each aid program, a description of procedures and forms by which students apply for assistance, student eligibility requirements, criteria for selecting recipients from the group of eligible applicants, and criteria for determining the amount of a student's award;

3. A description of the rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance, including federal Title IV student assistance programs, and the criteria for continued student eligibility under each program;

4. The satisfactory academic progress standards that students must maintain for the purpose of receiving financial assistance and criteria by which a student who has failed to maintain satisfactory progress may reestablish eligibility for financial assistance;

5. The method by which financial assistance disbursements will be made to students and the frequency of those disbursements;

6. The terms of any loan received as part of the student's financial aid package, a sample loan repayment schedule, and the necessity for repaying loans;

7. The general conditions and terms applicable to any employment provided as part of the student's financial aid package;

8. The responsibility of CSULB for providing and collecting exit counseling information for all student borrowers under the federal student loan programs; and

9. The terms and conditions for deferral of loan payments for qualifying service under the Peace Corps Act, the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, or comparable volunteer community service.

Information concerning the cost of attending California State University, Long Beach is available from the Office of Financial Aid, BH 101, (562) 985-8403, and includes fees and tuition (where applicable); the estimated costs of books and supplies; estimates of typical student room, board, and transportation costs; and, if requested, additional costs for specific programs.

Information concerning the refund policies of California State University, Long Beach for the return of unearned tuition and fees or other refundable portions of institutional charges is available from the Controller, BH 365.

Information concerning policies regarding the return of federal Title IV student assistance funds as required by regulations is available from the Office of Financial Aid, BH 101, (562) 985-8403.

Information concerning athletic opportunities available to male and female students and the financial resources and personnel that CSULB dedicates to its men's and women's teams may be obtained from Cindy Masner, Sports Athletics and Recreation, 562-985-8527.

Information concerning teacher preparation programs at CSULB, including the pass rate on teacher certification examinations, may be obtained from either Elementary/Special Education Admission Advising, ED1 54, (562) 985-9259, Elementary Education: www.csulb.edu/cedinfo, Special Education: www.csulb.edu/colleges/colled/special-education, or Single Subject Office, ED 1 53, (562) 985-7623, www.csulb.edu/depts/singlesubj.

The Office of Financial Aid at CSULB provides both financial and advisory assistance to enable students to pursue a quality education despite increasing costs. It administers funds made available by the federal and state governments, CSU and by private sources that are awarded to students who demonstrate a need to cover educational expenses.

Due to limited funding, deadlines are critical. Students financial aid files must be complete before financial need can be determined. To receive maximum funding, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2.

Financial Aid Application


To apply for financial aid from CSULB, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is a multi-purpose form that also is used to apply for California Grants from the California Student Aid Commission and for Pell Grant funds from the federal government. The FAFSA must be mailed to a nationally designated processor. New students may obtain the FAFSA from high school counselors or local college financial aid offices. Students currently enrolled at CSULB may pick up the FAFSA from the Office of Financial Aid. Detailed information about CSULB financial aid programs is available in the Office of Financial Aid, BH 101, (562) 985-8403. The submission of various supportive documents may be required. These may include the following: (1) verification of all taxable and nontaxable income reported on the FAFSA; and (2) other clarifying information requested by the Office of Financial Aid. Upon receipt of all documentation, the applicant's file is evaluated to determine eligibility for financial aid. A student is automatically considered for all programs for which he/she qualifies at the University by submitting the FAFSA, and appropriate supporting documents. All loan, grant and work programs are available for the academic year.

Financial Aid Eligibility


To determine financial aid eligibility, a standard needs analysis system is used. This system allows the Office of Financial Aid to analyze family financial strength and ability to contribute toward the cost of attending CSULB. Subtracted from the student's educational expenses to arrive at financial need are: the parental contribution, the applicant's (and spouse's) contribution from employment, savings, a portion of assets and other resources. As long as program funds permit, a "package" consisting of various types of funds (grants, loans, work-study) is awarded to meet full need.

Although enrollment is assumed to be full-time, part-time students are eligible to receive aid if they carry a minimum of six undergraduate units, or 5 graduate level units.

Notification of Awards


Upon determination of eligibility, students are sent notice of a financial aid offer. Students are also notified if determined to be ineligible.

It is the goal of CSULB to package aid that fully meets the need of all qualified aid applicants. However, in the event that funds are insufficient, priority will be given to students whose financial aid files meet the first priority deadlines and who demonstrate the highest need.

Academic Responsibilities


Aid recipients must:
1. be in good academic standing;
2. make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree by earning credit for units attempted each semester; and
3. remain within the maximum time frame for the degree program in which the student is enrolled.

Aid eligibility is governed by the number of units attempted and successfully completed with a passing grade ("D" or better). Students who do not satisfactorily complete enough of their attempted units may be placed on financial aid probation or disqualified from receiving aid.

Most aid recipients enroll in a full-time program of study carrying 12 undergraduate units or 9 graduate level units (500-level courses or higher) per semester. To be considered an eligible financial aid applicant, students cannot have attempted more academic units than an established "unit limit." At CSULB, the established unit limit is 150% of the published length of an academic program measured in units. The unit limit includes all attempted units. This includes units attempted as a recipient of financial aid as well as units attempted while not receiving aid. It also includes transfer units for those students who have attended colleges elsewhere, and any units of remedial coursework.

For complete information on CSULB's satisfactory progress policy, go to their web site at www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/financial_aid/sap_policy.html.

Financial Responsibilities


If you are determined ineligible for financial aid, you are responsible for the payment of any University obligations you may have, including fees.

Students who are receiving financial aid funds and completely withdraw from all of their classes, may have to repay all or part of the award they received. Students should check with the financial aid office to find out if they will owe a repayment, before withdrawing from all of their classes.