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How to Apply for Financial Aid

CSUS uses the School and Student Services (SSS) to process and analyze all financial aid applications. Using the SSS’s award recommendation as a starting point, we reevaluate every application to consider each family's circumstance.

In order for us to evaluate your family’s financial situation, you will need to complete the SSS application, submit tax forms and sign a tax request form (located on the SSS website).

Please note: for parents who are divorced or separated, each parent needs to fill out a separate SSS application and send their tax returns and tax request form to the SSS.

Helpful Resources
If you missed the December 1 financial aid workshop, you can find a webinar version of it here. In addition, the SSS has posted many brief webinars on how to complete certain parts of the application. Take a look at this link: http://sssbynais.org/parents/apply/parent-webinars. Of course, you are also welcome to contact Mieke Tonn @ mtonn@csus.org for assistance.


Case Studies

The following are sample cases meant to give a general insight into who might qualify for Financial Aid. There are many factors in addition to the ones listed below which are taken into consideration for each case evaluation; results may vary from the generic case studies below.

Please note that ‘net worth’ includes a portion of equity from a house, when ownership of real estate is involved.


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Financial Aid Dates

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  • December 1, 2016

    Financial Aid Workshop, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    If you are thinking about applying for financial aid, please come to a workshop on the financial aid application process on Thursday, December 1, from 7-8:30pm. 

    You can register for the workshop through your Ravenna account. Please click here for more information on how to create an account in Ravenna.
  • By January 12, 2017

    Complete the Parents Financial Statement (PFS) form online (available November 2) found on the SSS website.
    If you need assistance in filling out the PFS online, please contact Mieke Tonn, Director of Financial Aid at mtonn@csus.org or (650) 342-4175 ext. 1553.
  • By February 16, 2017

    Send or upload to the SSS (not the school):
    • Signed copies of your 2015 and 2016 tax returns, all accompanying schedules (including, if applicable, K1, S-Corp, partnership agreement, 1065, or 1099 forms), and W-2 forms (if applicable)
    • Form 4506-T (tax request form) - please fill out items 1-4 and the first line of item 6, and sign - BUT DON'T DATE - it.  This form allows us to access the tax forms you have filed with the IRS. Do NOT send the form to the IRS. The form can be found on the SSS website.
    If you decide to mail rather than upload your documents, include a cover sheet (see SSS website) and send to:
         SSS by NAIS
         P.O. Box 449
         Randolph, MA 02368

    Note: For parents who are divorced or separated, each parent needs to fill out a separate SSS application and send or upload their tax returns and Form 4506-T to the SSS.

  • March 16, 2017

    Admission and Financial Aid decision letters mailed
  • March 24, 2017

    12:00 noon deadline for:

    • Enrollment contract
    • Deposit
    • Financial Aid contract (for those receiving financial aid)

Financial Aid FAQs

List of 9 frequently asked questions.