+ Who is the parent of record on FAFSA?
+ Is your student dependent or independent for financial aid purposes?
Parent information is required on the FAFSA each year, and therefore the student is dependent for financial aid purposes, unless a student is:
24 years old or older
Married or has legal dependents that the student financially supports at least 51% or more
Active duty or a veteran of the United States Armed Services
A graduate or professional student
A ward of the court or both parents are deceased
Homeless or at risk of being homeless
An emancipated minor or in legal guardianship as determined by a court in student’s legal state of residence
+ Loss of income or unique family situation?
We understand that family situations can change throughout the year. If your family has experienced any of the following, please complete the FAFSA. Once awarded financial aid, please contact our office.
Loss of income
Divorce or separation
Death of a parent (or spouse, for independent students)
Disability of parent or student
Any other unique family situation
+ How do I get proof of my student’s enrollment for insurance purposes?
Your student can print an enrollment verification certificate from RAMweb in the Records section. Enrollment Verification Certificates will be available the first full week of the semester and updated after the course add/course drop period, course withdrawal, and end of term periods. These dates are available on the Registrar's Important Dates page.
+ Do I have to pay for all the costs in the Cost of Attendance (COA)?
No. The Cost of Attendance is an estimate of how much a student might spend during the 9-month academic year. Tuition & fees and room & board (for those living in residence halls or CSU apartments) are costs that the student has to pay directly to CSU. All other expenses will vary based on living arrangements, major, marital status and life style. For example, the health care allowance isn't CSU health insurance; this COA component allows us to offer financial aid to help students pay for medical costs such as co-pays and prescription drugs. Federal guidelines mandate that the Cost of Attendance be ‘modest, yet adequate’ to cover a student’s estimated educational expenses.
+ Why was my student selected for verification?
Federal guidelines require that schools ensure the integrity of financial aid programs. To comply, all schools are required to verify the accuracy of student and parent information on the FAFSA. At CSU, we select roughly 33% of aid applicants for verification each year. Verification documents can include parent’s and student’s most recent tax returns, W2s and a CSU Verification Worksheet. Read more verification FAQs.
Your student will know if they were selected for verification through two means:
- Three e-mails will be sent to the student's eID e-mail account over the course of the month the student was selected for verification
- We post the required documents on their RAMweb
+ If I am a college student, can I count myself as a household member in college on my student’s FAFSA?
No. Parents can receive their own financial aid by completing their own FAFSA.
+ How do I get a copy of my student’s 1098-T?
The 1098-T will be sent to the billing address on file with the University. If no billing address exists, it will be sent to the student’s mailing address. We advise students to establish a billing address or make address changes by midnight on December 30. Data is sent to CSU’s third party servicer of 1098-T’s, ECSI (Educational Computer Systems, Inc.), during the first week in January using data from the end of the calendar/reporting year. Updates made to biographical information after December 30 will not be reflected on this year’s 1098-T forms. The student can always obtain an electronic copy of their 1098-T by visiting RAMweb and selecting " Billing Information".
+ I would like to make payment to my student's University student account. How do I do this?
+ My student didn’t get a Work-Study award in her/his financial aid awards. Can my student still work on campus?
Yes. All regularly admitted or enrolled students taking at least one resident instruction credit hour per term can work “on-campus student hourly jobs”. Students can search for on-campus student hourly jobs via RAMweb in the Tools section, select “Student Job Listing”. For more information on student employment, visit our office of Student Employment Services.