Submit the PFS (Parent Financial Statement) on the SSS website by applicable deadline
Submit 2019 and 2018 tax returns (1040) with all filed schedules and attachments, any 2019 W2s, and any 2019 1099s by applicable deadline
Occasionally, we may ask for information in addition to the PFS and tax documentation in order to thoroughly evaluate a complex financial profile.
We ask divorced or separated parents to submit separate sets of PFS’s and tax documents.
Business owners who are unable to submit tax returns by the deadline must submit a copy of the business’ most recent profit and loss statement (P&L).
Current Crystal families applying for financial aid for the first time will be asked to submit all tax returns since the year of applying for admission. Awards will only be granted for those who demonstrate a significant change in finances since the year of applying for admission.
Financial aid awards are granted on a one-year basis. Families must reapply annually, as we reevaluate and we every family’s financial need each year. Usually, financial aid awards will increase with tuition increases. If there has been a significant change in a family’s finances, we may adjust the financial aid award appropriately.
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If you are unable to attend the Financial aid information session, check out the webinars from last year below. For more information on Crystal’s financial aid policy and a view of some case studies, click here.
We encourage all families interested in Crystal and financial aid to apply. In the admission reading process, we consider applications without regarding financial need. In the final stage, we weigh admission decisions against available funds. In most years, we have had enough funds to admit all the students who demonstrate financial need.
Yes, you can. We ask families to apply for financial aid at the same time they apply for admission. If a family applies for financial aid for the first time after applying for admission, we require submission of all tax returns since the year of applying for admission. We will grant financial aid awards only in cases where a family’s financial circumstance has had an unexpected significant change since applying for admission.
Yes, families may find other sources to help pay the cost of tuition at CSUS and choose to enroll. Families may re-apply for financial aid and these requests will be considered along with new families’applications, if there has been a significant change in the family's financial circumstances since the time of applying for admission.
Award decision evaluations are based on income, expenses, assets, and liabilities as reported in the Parent Financial Statement on the SSS website and confirmed with tax documents. Every family’s financial situation is unique, and income by itself is not an easy indicator of whether a family will qualify for assistance. The income level of our families that qualify for assistance range widely, all the way up to $500,000. We recognize that different families have different levels of need, and we strive to make sure that we can meet demonstrated financial need. For some example cases, please click here.
Parents can create an account by clicking on "Create A New Account" on the left side of the Family Portal login page. You will be asked to provide some profile information as well as answers to security questions which will be used to assist in re-setting your password should you need to do so in the future. You then will be emailed a link to create a new password. If you don't see the email in your inbox, you should check your junk mail and spam folders as well.
It is important that parents understand that the person you list in your account profile when logging in for the first time will automatically be listed as Parent A on the PFS and cannot be changed. While Parent A does not need to be the head of household, they do need to be the name of a custodial parent and NOT the student applicant.