Financial Aid

 CSU's Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office is comprised of a team of dedicated Christian professionals who are committed to integrating CSU’s mission and vision by serving its students/parents by providing financial resources to help met their educational goals.

We understand that the process of financial aid can be complex and time consuming, so we encourage you to explore our site for more details regarding the aid available at CSU. We are excited about your interest in continuing your education at CSU, and want to assist you in any way possible.

Our offices:

  • Location: Hunter Center located in the front of campus
  • Hours:  8:00am - 5:00pm – Monday through Friday
  • Phone:  843-863-7050/1-800-947-7474
  • Email:

Charleston Southern University is excited about your interest in continuing your education with our university! CSU understands that funding a college education is a major investment and we strive to offer students a quality education at the lowest possible cost. CSU has awardeded over $74 million dollars of financial aid including federal, state, private and institutional aid during the 2015 academic year!

Financial aid is available for students attending college through grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships. Making a student’s college education affordable and reachable is the mission of the Financial Aid Office at CSU.  Federal financial aid is awarded to families based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Some Great Fast Facts for Undergrad Students

  • Students who attend CSU can apply for federal, state, institutional and endowed/funded scholarships, as well as outside scholarships and grants.
  • All students who have been accepted to CSU are evaluated for CSU merit based scholarships.
  • CSU has been selected as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media and Military Advanced Education. 
  • CSU is a Yellow Ribbon participant.
  • Approximately 95% of our undergraduate students received some type of financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans. You must be a full time student to be eligible for institutional grants & scholarships (dependent students under 20 years of age must live on campus per CSU Policy).
  • Approximately 60% of all 2014-15 undergrad students received Federal Pell Grant funds.

Some Great Fast Facts for Graduate Students

  • CSU offers academic internships to our graduate students
  • CSU accepts commercial reimbursement
  • CSU offers some graduate scholarships

Dates to Remember

  • January 1: The current year FAFSA is available.
  • February 1: File taxes early.  Update FAFSA if needed with tax information. To avoid submitting tax documents, wait three weeks after filing taxes and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA to import your tax information for accuracy. 
  • April 15: Tax Deadline – if your are chosen for verification make sure to wait 3 weeks, then sign onto the IRS site to get a copy of your 2014 tax transcript or you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA .
  • June 30: Deadline for submission of FAFSA for SC residents receiving the South Carolina Tuition Grant.  Did you list CSU first on your FAFSA to ensure receipt of the South Carolina Tuition Grant?
  • June 30: CSU’s Document Deadline to ensure timely processing of financial aid for the upcoming Fall semester.
  • August 22: Fall 2016 classes begin
  • October 1, 2016 - NEW!  The FAFSA for 2017/18 is available for filing. You will use 2015 Tax Information.
  • January 9 2017: Monitor your credit hours and grades needed for scholarship renewals.
  • January 11, 2017: Spring classes begin.

Financial Aid LIVE

CSU students: Check your financial aid status in real time. Log in to MyCSU now to check your FA status.


Forms and Downloads

Have you completed all your paperwork? CSU has all your FA forms and downloads in one convenient location. Sign into your MyCSU, go the to Financial Aid tab and view your Financial Aid Live!  You view your missing, incompleteor received documents, as well as download documents needed!