To receive student financial aid at Cardinal Stritch University,
various eligibility requirements must be met.
receive student financial aid, various eligibility requirements must be met.
They are as follows:*
a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate
enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in a degree or
a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
a valid Social Security number
with the Selective Service, if required
satisfactory academic progress
that you will use student financial aid funds only for educational
that you are not in default on a federal student loan or owe on a federal
financial need (except for some loan programs)
student financial aid funds are awarded based on financial need. Federal
methodology assumes that it is the responsibility of the student and/or the
student's family to pay for post-secondary education costs as they are able.
ability to pay is determined by examining the family's current financial
condition and considering such factors as parental income and assets, student
income and assets, taxes paid, family size, unexpected medical expenses,
nontaxable income and benefits, etc.
completing the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), an Estimated Family
Contribution (EFC) amount is calculated. The EFC is used by an institution to
determine eligibility for various financial aid funds.
need is determined in the following way:
Cost of Attendance
minus Expected Family Contribution equals Financial Need
are classified as dependent or independent because federal student aid programs
are based on the idea that students, and their families, if applicable, have
the primary responsibility for paying for post-secondary education.
2012-13 academic year, a student is considered an independent student if at
least one of the following applies:
born before Jan. 1, 1989
married as of the date completing the FAFSA
enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program (beyond a bachelor's
currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes
other than training
a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces ("veteran" includes students
who attended a U.S. federal military academy and who were released under a
condition other than dishonorable)
- Has children
who receive more than half of their financial support from the student
legal dependents, other than a spouse, who receive more than half of their
financial support from the student
an orphan, foster child, or ward/dependent of the court at any time since
the age of 13
an emancipated minor
in legal guardianship
determined at any time since July 1, 2010 to be an unaccompanied youth who
was homeless or was self-supporting and at risk of being homeless
of these criteria apply, then the student is considered a dependent student.
*Additional information on these
requirements and federal student financial aid can be obtained from the Student Guide, a
comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of