ADMISSION and REGISTRATION INFO:
Apply for admission and turn in all documents required by the Admissions office by Priority Deadline of December 1 (i.e. ACT scores, COMPASS scores, immunization records, high school or college transcripts, drivers license, etc.).
New, transfer and readmitted students who apply for a degree or certificate program will receive instructions in an email about next steps to complete admissions file and register.
Is attendance at a New Student Orientation, Advising & Registration (NSOAR) session required?
Yes for new first-time freshmen students. CSCC requires all new first-time freshmen students who want a degree or certificate to attend one of these sessions. A letter will be sent explaining what to do to sign up for a NSOAR session.
How long does a NSOAR session last?
Most sessions last approximately 1-2 hours.
What if I can’t make it to one of the NSOAR sessions?
Students who do make it to one of the scheduled NSOAR sessions (Dec. 2, Jan. 5 or Jan. 10) will have one last chance to register Jan. 11-12.
How do I find out if the course I want to take is available?
Use the online schedule located on our website’s home page to see if the course is offered. Be aware that space in most classes is limited. In other words, just because the class is offered doesn’t mean there are spaces available. When in the student account and actually registering for the course you can see if there are spots available.
When should I pay for my classes?
Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the published deadline. Tuition due dates can be found on the "Tuition, Fees, and Deadlines" page. These dates are applicable whether paying by cash, credit card, third parties, VA and all forms of financial aid. Students can set up a payment plan ptrior to the published date. After this date, if financial aid has not paid, not paid in full or have payment plan set up student will be dropped from all courses for non-payment.
To use your Financial Aid to pay your tuition and fees:
Complete Financial Aid file by turning in all required documentation by priority deadline. If required Financial Aid documentation is not submitted by Dec. 1, it is possible you may not have aid processed by deadline to pay fees and would be dropped for non-payment. Complete all required Financial Aid documentation by Dec. 1.
What is CougarNet?
CougarNet is Cleveland State’s internal website to online student services including: class registration, fee payments, grades, class schedules, email and much more. CougarNet is available 24/7 and is the gateway to all the things you will need to be successful at Cleveland State.
I’m having trouble logging on to my CougarNet account. Can anyone help me?
Yes. The Computer help desk can be reached M-F from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at 423-478-6210 or 800-604-2722 ext. 210 and emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I apply for financial aid?
Go to the website www.fsaid.ed.gov and apply for a FSA ID. You will need to keep your FSA ID for future reference.
Go to the website http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application will be evaluated by the Department of Education. Within 3-5 business days an electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to you and to the Financial Aid Office.
The Financial Aid Office will evaluate the SAR to determine if your application was selected for verification. If you have been selected for verification, you will need to supply the Financial Aid Office with necessary documents such as copies of Federal tax return transcripts, verification worksheets, etc. If you are selected for verification, you must submit the proper documentation by the deadline.
What is the priority deadline for applying for financial aid?
Your FAFSA and all accompanying documentation such as verification documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office no later than December 1, 2016.
The census date for financial aid is January 30, 2017. If a student registers after January 30, 2017 he/she will NOT be able to receive Financial Aid for that course.
How will I be affected if I miss the financial aid deadline?
If you miss the deadline, it can result in classes being dropped for non-payment. If required Financial Aid documentation is not submitted by Dec. 1, it is possible you may not have aid processed by deadline to pay fees and would be dropped for non-payment. Complete all required Financial Aid documentation by Dec. 1.
Do I reapply for financial aid each year?
You will need to renew your FAFSA form each academic year. This spring semester academic year is 2016-17 when doing the FAFSA application. Go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov to fill out the FAFSA.
What documents/information will I need to fill out my FAFSA?
- Your Social Security number
- Your driver's license (if any)
- Your W-2 forms and other records of money earned (from the previous year)
- Your (and your spouse's, if you are married) Federal Income Tax information (from the previous year)
- Your parent's Federal Income Tax information (if you are a dependent student)
- Your untaxed income records (from previous year)
- Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records.
My parents are divorced. Whose information do I need for the FAFSA?
The parent with whom you lived with the most during the past year should complete the FAFSA. If you did not live with either parent or lived equally with each parent, use the information from the parent who provided you with the most financial support. It does not make a difference which parent claims you as a dependent for tax purposes.
What is the difference between dependent and independent students?
The US Department of Education considers a student a dependent up until the age of 24 except in certain circumstances.
- You are at least 24 years old on the day you file your FAFSA.
- You are or will be enrolled in a masters or Doctoral degree program at the beginning of the school year.
- You are married on the day you file your FAFSA.
- You are a parent.
- You have dependents other than your spouse who live with you and who receive more than half their support from you at the time you apply.
- Both your parents are deceased (or were until age 18), and you are a ward of dependent of the court.
- You are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training.
- You are a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- You were a foster child after the age of 13.
- You are an emancipated child as determined by a court judge.
- You were in legal guardianship.
- You are homeless or at risk of homelessness as determined by the director of a HUD approved homeless shelter, transitional program, or a liaison.
If none of the above criteria apply to you, you’re a dependent student – even if your IRS tax status is different and even if you have no idea where your parents are.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are considered an independent student.
I do not get along with my parents or live with them. I pay my own rent and bills. Can I apply without my parent's income?
If unusual circumstances exist in your relationship with your parents, you may be eligible to complete a Professional Judgment Form. Please see Financial Aid Office for more information.
When should I apply for financial aid?
You should complete a FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 of each year for the next academic year. The sooner you complete the FAFSA prior to the semester you plan to start the better. The 2016-17 FAFSA has been available since Jan. 1 2016. If starting this spring semester, fill out FAFSA ASAP and complete requirements for Financial Aid by Dec. 1. This will help ensure the funds are available to you when tuition and fees are due. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so try to get your FAFSA filled out as early as possible.
Why was I selected for verification?
FAFSA selects 3 out of 5 of all applicants and requires the school to verify the information provided. It is a random process and does not necessarily mean that anything is wrong.
How will I know if I was selected for verification?
You can check the Financial Aid tab in your Cougar Net account to see if you are selected for verification and see what forms are needed. You can also track the process on your account from start to finish.
Who to call for more information:
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