We're committed to helping all admitted students attend CIIS regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability.
The Financial Aid Office is committed to making it possible for all admitted students to attend CIIS regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability.
We offer assistance to both domestic and international CIIS students. Financial aid encompasses scholarships, grants, and loans. While complying with all applicable government regulations and donor restrictions, we attempt to extend a personalized, concerned approach to each student's financial needs.
The Federal School Code for California Institute of Integral Studies is 012154.
For undergraduate students only:
File your FAFSA before March 2nd each year for Cal Grant consideration.
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Click here for detailed instructions on how to access your financial aid online system account. Students are encouraged to monitor their federal student loan history at the National Student Loan History.
A: Entrance Loan Counseling is a review of post-graduation payment options for student loans. It is also a federal requirement so that students can properly understand their legal obligations. To do this, please log on at http://studentloans.gov using the FSA ID you used for the FAFSA, and follow the link saying Complete Entrance Counseling. This is a task that you will do when you begin a new program. You need not do it every semester.
A: Exit loan counseling is required before you graduate, withdraw, or drop below half-time attendance. Accomplishing it will help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower. It consists of useful tips and information to help you manage your loans. Log on https://studentloans.gov to go through this process.
A: The Master Promissory Note (MPN) is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to the U.S. Department of Education. It also explains the terms and conditions of your loan(s); for instance, it will include information on how interest is calculated and what deferment and cancellation provisions are available to you. Please note that separate MPNs are required for Stafford Loans and for any PLUS loans you may have. To do a Promissory Note, please log on at http://studentloans.gov using the same PIN you used for the FAFSA, and follow the link saying Complete Master Promissory Note.
A: Once your awards are ready to be accepted/declined online, you will receive an email from our office with the following instructions:
Note: A credit check is required for this application process.
A: Go to www.studentloans.gov
A: If you have submitted all required documents by the priority deadline and accepted your awards, then you will receive your funds on the school's disbursement date for the semester. Note that for first-time undergraduate loan borrowers, there will be a 30-day delay for disbursement of loans.
In order to be considered complete status, the following should be met:
FOR NEW STUDENTS
FOR CONTINUING STUDENTS
If, however, you have not received a financial aid award beyond the disbursement date, check with Business Office if you will incur a late payment fee. We process financial aid awards in the order we receive FAFSA applications and other required documents from students, so we highly suggest submitting the FAFSA application online as soon as possible.
From the date that the above mentioned are successfully completed, there is an approximately 3-week turnaround prior to disbursement of funds.
**Note that there may be delays during disbursement period.**
A: There are three steps.
Calculate your total cost at CIIS.
Tuition + Registration fee + Other charges (e.g. Technology Fee) = Actual Cost
Calculate your total aid.
Total financial aid (loans & scholarship, excluding federal work study funds) = Total Aid
Note: There are origination fees on your loans, please check with the Financial Aid Office for details.
Calculate excess fund or balance due.
Total Aid - Actual Cost = Excess fund
Note: If your "Excess fund" is a negative figure, you actually owe a balance and need to pay to the business office.
A: If you're provisionally admitted, the Financial Aid Office would not be able to request for your funds from the Department of Education. In addition, your scholarship disbursement will also be placed on hold.
Provisionally admitted students should contact their Admissions counselor as soon as possible to determine what other documents (e.g.: transcripts, letters of recommendations, degree conferrals, etc.) are needed to transition to full acceptance status.
A: Incomplete grades (I or IN) are classified as unsatisfactory grades; similarly with "NP" (not pass) and any letter grades below a "B." If you have 1 NP and 1 I/IN grades, you will continue to receive financial aid. However, if you have 2 B- grades (2 C grades for undergraduate/BAC students) and an I/IN, you will be placed on Probation by the Registrar and continue to receive financial aid for the duration of that probationary status. However, if you fail to rehabilitate your academic progress after your probationary status, you will no longer continue receiving financial aid until you have resolved your unsatisfactory grades. Once you have successfully replaced those unsatisfactory grades, you will be able to reinstate your financial aid in the following semester.
A: Check your status with the Registrar's office, then follow-up with a Financial Aid counselor afterwards.
A: All new students beginning a new program are eligible for scholarships simply by being admitted to that program and submitting a FAFSA. Awards are determined based primarily on financial need demonstrated on the FAFSA. For this reason, we recommend doing the FAFSA early in order to be considered for a scholarship.
Awards are typically awarded for Fall and Spring terms over a two-year period and are contingent upon good academic standing and full-time enrollment in the same academic program. Full-time enrollment for graduate programs is minimum 9 units for Fall/Spring. Full-time enrollment for bachelor's completion is minimum 12 units for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.
There are also research-specific scholarships for Doctoral students such as Kranzke Scholarships, which has specific application processes. For the most up-to-date information on both internal and external scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid office directly.
A: Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) for undergraduate students:
Cal Grants (A and B):
*Financial need is determined by the U.S. Department of Education using a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the financial information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to determine the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).