Admission & Financial Aid
Financial Aid Calendar and Deadlines
Fall 2014 (August - November)
- 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.
- Fall loan disbursement for undergraduate students
- Second fall 2014 loan disbursement (for one-semester loans)
Winter 2014-15 (December - February)
- 12/1/14- 12/31/14
- Register for your Federal Student Aid PIN number(s). Dependent students need the student and at least one parent registered with PIN numbers to electronically sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants usually receive a PIN number within 3 - 5 days. Keep them in a secure place and do not share them with anyone.
The 2015-16 FAFSA becomes available to file. It is best to use accurate, completed 2014 tax returns, but you can file using estimated income and 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: If you do use estimated income to complete the FAFSA, you must update the data once you have filed your 2014 income taxes. You must also update the tax filing status from "will file taxes" to "already completed" for both the parent and student.
- Spring 2015 classes begin.
- Spring 2015 disbursement date for undergraduate students
If you haven’t already done so, complete the FAFSA to receive maximum consideration for financial aid. Illinois residents are especially encouraged to file by this date to establish eligibility for the Illinois MAP grant.
The state of Illinois sets the FAFSA filing deadline for MAP grant annually. Students who file after the state deadline are not eligible for MAP grant funding.
Note: The state's FAFSA deadline for 2014-15 MAP consideration was February 27, 2014. The state has not yet released the deadline for 2015-16.
Spring 2015 (March - May)
This is the CUC priority date for receipt of your FAFSA results. Those received prior to March 1, 2015 will be given priority consideration for financial aid. FAFSA results received after this date will be considered for aid based on the availability of funds.
Financial aid packaging is underway and accepted students with a valid FAFSA on file will receive a Financial Aid Award Letter. Students can review, accept and/or decline their financial aid packages by logging onto Concordia Connect.
Second spring 2015 undergraduate loan disbursement (for one-semester loans)
Financial aid packaging continues. Students can review, accept and/or decline their financial packages by logging onto Concordia Connect.
Last date for Concordia University Chicago to receive your FAFSA in order to receive a pre-bill for the 2015-16 academic year. This will include all of your awarded financial aid and reduce the out-of-pocket balance due to Concordia-Chicago by the end of July.
Admitted students must pay their enrollment deposits with the Office of Undergraduate Admission to secure enrollment in the 2015 fall class.
Complete the two online steps to secure your Federal Direct Loans to allow enough processing time for the funds to be available by the fall bill due date.
Summer 2015 (June - August)
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.
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.
Confirm your attendance to CUC by either paying your balance in full or beginning payment with Concordia - Chicago’s installment plan.
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.