Cleveland State University

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for most federal financial aid programs, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security number. If you do not have a Social Security number, you need to visit for more information.
  • Be admitted to CSU in an eligible degree-seeking program. Under certain conditions, non-degree graduate students may be eligible for federal loans for a maximum of 12 consecutive months.
  • Demonstrate financial need, except for some loan programs.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education, or meet other standards approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress (continuous progress toward a degree).
  • Sign a Statement of Educational Purpose and a Certification Statement indicating that you are not in default on a student loan or owe an overpayment on a grant. (Both statements are on the FAFSA.)
  • Be registered with the Selective Service, if required. You can register online at