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How to Apply for FAFSA

Apply for Financial Aid

Students can complete both the FAFSA and scholarship applications online after October 1. Students are highly encouraged to complete both their FAFSA and scholarship applications by CSI's priority deadline, March 1.

The federal financial aid process can take several weeks. To get started, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online or at the myStudentAid mobile app. (Need to link out to app?)

To sign your FAFSA electronically you will need an FSA ID. If your FAFSA requires parent information, your parent should also apply for an FSA ID. Remember your FSA ID number and do not share it, the FSA ID can be used to make corrections or view your FAFSA later.

CSI Federal School Code: 001619

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) processes your FAFSA shortly after you submit it. Once processed, you receive an email from DOE about your Student Aid Report (SAR) and an electronic copy is forwarded to CSI. Please review your SAR carefully and correct any inaccurate answers. Be sure to manage your aid so you know what to do to get to the next step and receive your aid.

Manage Your Aid

Respond to requests for documentation from CSI Financial Aid promptly. Once all completed items have been submitted and reviewed, you will be sent an award notification outlining the aid you are eligible to receive. NetPartner displays this information and details the additional steps necessary to receive some types of aid.

Steps to Take to Complete Your Application

1. Submit Requested Information/Documents

Expect an email from CSI Financial Aid Office shortly after your FAFSA is processed into our system. Students are most likely asked to submit additional information/documents in order to complete the FAFSA process. The information requested is usually required by the U.S. Department of Education to clarify, resolve, or assist CSI staff in preparing a Federal financial aid offer package. It is imperative that students log into NetPartner to see what information/documents are needed and submit those documents as soon as possible. Failure to submit required information/documents will delay the processing of the students' Federal financial aid. (Please review priority processing dates for each semester under Important Dates.)

2. Receive Your Aid Offer

After students submit all of the information/documents requested to complete the Federal financial aid application process, CSI staff will finalize the review of their application materials. The aid offer notification will be posted in NetPartner with detailed information about the financial aid offers the students are eligible for.

3. Accept, Reduce, Decline Your Aid Offers

Students log into NetPartner to review their aid offer and follow instructions carefully on how to accept/reduce/decline their awards. The students' financial aid "package" may include a combination of grants, scholarships, student employment, and loans. CSI strives to maintain affordable tuition and fees and we encourage students to be fiscally responsible and reduce or decline any financial aid (especially student loans) that they don't need to pay for direct educational expenses such as tuition, fees, books, etc.

4. Students who qualify for student loans must:

  • Complete the student loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) - Some types of Federal financial aid, student loans specifically, require additional documentation before they can be distributed. Please read the Master Promissory Note information carefully on our Loans page and follow the instructions.
  • Complete the Loan Entrance Counseling - Students borrowing loans for the first time at the College of Southern Idaho must complete the Loan Entrance Counseling before their student loan funds can be distributed to them. The purpose of the Loan Entrance Counseling is to ensure that first time borrowers have all the information they need to make good decisions about student loans. Please read the Loan Entrance Counseling information carefully on our Loans page and follow the instructions.
  • Complete Informed Borrowing Confirmation- Students borrowing loans must complete Informed Borrowing Confirmation before their student loan funds can distribute to them. The purpose of Informed Borrowing Confirmation is to view cumulative loan balance and repayment obligations. This will be needed for each new award year stating 2020-21 forward, before a new loan can be disbursed. Informed borrowing confirmation requirement will be implemented April 2020.

Applying Late

If a student applies and fails to turn in required documents late (ie. Less than 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester) and their financial aid is not ready by the tuition payment deadline, the student must be prepared to pay tuition in full unless they have a tuition loan agreement (payment plans) in place. Tuition Loan Agreements may be completed with the Office of the Registrar. Students can find additional information related to tuition and charges such as tuition loan agreements, tuition/fee due dates, late fees, refund policy and the consequences of non-payment on the Tuition and Fees page.