Admission & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Calendar and Deadlines

Undergraduate Students

Summer 2016 (June - August)

6/1/16

Priority date for Concordia University Chicago to receive any requested documentation in order to complete the financial aid file. If you are applying for an alternative loan, you should make your application with the lender by this date.

6/15/16

Last day to complete the two-step process of securing your Federal Direct Loans to allow enough processing time for the funds to be available by the fall bill due date.

End of June

Semester bills are sent by the Student Business Services Office. Please note that your financial aid will not reflect on your bill unless you have completed all requirements with our office.

June - July

New students: attend orientation (Jump Start) for the opportunity to register for classes, choose meal plans, and receive estimated fall bills.

Parents can apply for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan online. Credit-approved PLUS Loans will be added to the student's financial aid award. If the parent's credit is denied for the PLUS Loan, the student may be offered additional Direct Unsubsidized Loan funding. 

July

Confirm your attendance to CUC by either paying your balance in full or beginning payment with Concordia - Chicago’s installment plan.

Fall 2016 (August - November)

8/22/16 

First day of fall classes!

Study, work hard and enjoy your CUC experience! Remember, your grades can affect your eligibility for federal and state financial aid.

8/29/16

Fall 2016 loan disbursement for undergraduate students

9/1/16-9/30/16

Register for your Federal Student Aid user ID and password. Dependent students need the student and at least one parent to set up an FSA user ID to electronically sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Each user must set up his/her own FSA user ID and tie it to an email address within his/her control. Keep this information in a secure place and do not share them with anyone.

10/1/16

The 2017-18 FAFSA becomes available to file. For 2017-18, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income tax information. Concordia University Chicago’s School Code is 001666.

Approximately 3 - 5 business days after submitting the FAFSA, students who provided an e-mail address will receive an e-mail from the U.S. Department of Education with a link to their Student Aid Report (SAR). You can review all of your answers to make sure your SAR has correct information. It is also important to read the SAR comments to determine if additional documentation is required. 

NOTE: Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will be able to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. Students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information. 

10/17/16

Second fall 2016 undergraduate loan disbursement (for one-semester loans)

11/1/16-11/30/16

If you haven’t already done so, complete the FAFSA  to receive maximum consideration for financial aid.  

Illinois residents are especially encouraged to file early to establish eligibility for the Illinois MAP grant. Students who file after the state deadline cannot receive MAP grant funding.

Note: The FAFSA completion deadline for MAP consideration is set annually by the state of Illinois. We strongly encourage Illinois residents to file the FAFSA as soon as possible. 

Deadlines

Students must submit all missing documents to the Office of Financial Aid at least 3 weeks before the end of the semester. Failure to do so may result in the ineligibility to receive financial aid.