The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosure and reporting requirements. A disclosure requirement is information that a postsecondary education institution is required to distribute or make available to another party, such as students or employees. A reporting requirement is information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education or other agencies. Disclosure and reporting requirements sometimes overlap. For certain topics, institutions are required to make information available to students or others and to submit information to the Department of Education. Such information includes general institutional operation, financial aid, general completion and graduation rates, annual security report, completion and graduation rates for student-athletes, and athletic program participation rates and financial support.
Charleston Southern University is committed to the principle of promoting access to information that will allow consumers such as students, parents, counselors, researchers, and legislators to make informed decisions about postsecondary education. This web portal provides a single access point to all federally mandated reports and disclosures.
It is the individual's responsibility to know and follow current requirements and procedures at the departmental and university levels. For additional information, including requesting a paper copy of any materials, please call or e-mail the appropriate office.
Final regulations implementing the legislative provisions for consumer information are available from the Federal Register's website. Below is a list of disclosures provided by Charleston Southern University pursuant to these regulations.
College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about institutions of higher education.
Information regarding public safety at Charleston Southern University is provided online at CharlestonSouthern.edu/security. Additional information may also be obtained from the U.S. Department of Education Campus Safety and Security website. Crime statistics are reported to the Department of Education on a yearly basis, and additional information or copies of reports.
BUC Alert is an emergency communication system that sends notification to the entire campus community (students, faculty and staff) before, during and after an emergency. With this system, the university is able to communicate in many modes, including voice messages to home, work and cell phones; text messages to cell phones, PDAs and other devices; written messages to email accounts. In combination with our existing communication methods and emergency response plans, this notification system significantly enhances the university’s ability to maintain a learning environment in which students are safe, secure and comfortable.
Equity in athletics data
The equity in athletics site provides data from thousands of colleges and universities in a convenient searchable form.
Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
A conviction for any offense, during a period of enrollment for which a student was receiving Title IV, HEA Program (federal) funds, under any federal law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, loan or work-study assistance (HEA Sec. 484(r)(1)); (20 U.S.C. 1091(r)(1).
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
Federal student loan records of students and parents will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system. Students and parents may view their loan record history via NSLDS.
Preferred Lender Lists and Arrangements
Charleston Southern University does not recommend, promote or endorse lenders for private education loans.
Types of Aid
Charleston Southern University participates in the following Federal student aid programs:
State need-based student aid programs also use results from the FAFSA to determine eligibility for state funds. State aid deadlines are published on the FAFSA.
Charleston Southern University Scholarships & Grants:
Merit-based scholarships are awarded by Charleston Southern University to undergraduate degree-seeking students who are enrolled full-time. The scholarship amount is determined by the student’s GPA and SAT/ACT score at the time of high school graduation. The scholarship amount may change based on financial need, college GPA and residency status. Charleston Southern also offers other institutional scholarships such as athletics, music and student government who meet the academic and ability criteria.
Once the student’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is received, scholarships and grants are awarded on first-come basis, and funds are limited. Students will be mailed an initial award letter showing the amount and type of financial aid awarded. Should changes be made to a student’s award package, they will be contacted via Charleston Southern University BUC Mail and advised to view their Financial Aid LIVE through their MyCSU.
Charleston Southern University Endowed Scholarships:
Caring friends and alumni of Charleston Southern University have contributed money to be used for scholarships. The Development Office in conjunction with the Financial Aid Office oversees the awarding of endowed scholarships and can answer questions about the process and individual scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on criteria set by the donor and are awarded on a first-come basis. These scholarships do require a student to write a thank you note prior to disbursement of the funds and attend a luncheon in the spring semester. As college costs continue to rise Charleston Southern University appreciates the private support for our students.
Applying for Financial Aid, Procedures and Forms
Disbursement of Financial Aid
Financial aid is disbursed by releasing two payments over the academic year (one each semester). At the time of disbursement the student must meet eligibility requirements (academic progress, expected enrollment, financial eligibility, etc.). Funds will be applied to the student's account after the semester's drop/add period and enrollment is confirmed. Funds are applied to university fees and housing charges first. If student aid funds are in excess of account charges a credit balance occurs that will be paid to the student within 14 days of disbursement. If the student or parent wishes to cancel a loan within 7 days of the first day of class he/she may do so by submitting the Award Update form to the Financial Aid Office. Students may arrange with the Business Office to have excess funds from their student account automatically transferred by EFT to their bank accounts by enrolling in the e-refund through their MyCSU.
A bookstore voucher may be available prior to disbursements to purchase books and supplies for students expected to have an excess of loan funds.
Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. If you are awarded federal work-study visit our Student Employment website.
Financial Assistance for Study Abroad
Enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by Charleston Southern University may be considered enrollment at Charleston Southern University for purposes of applying for federal student financial aid.
Refund and Credit Balance Policy for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid
To view the refund and credit balances policy please refer to the CSU Academic Catalog.
Students Rights and Responsibilities
To view student's rights and responsibilities please read the CSU Student Handbook.
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