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Financial Aid

See also the Scholarships & Financial Aid web site.

Financial Aid Categories
Financial Aid Information
Financial Aid Application
      Verification
      Fraud
Out-of-State Tuition Awards
Fellowships and Scholarships
Graduate Assistantships
General Requirements for Loans and Work Study
Student Loans
Student Employment Opportunities
Veterans' Benefits

NOTE: While the information regarding financial aid is correct at the time of this Bulletin’s publication, financial aid requirements and opportunities change frequently. For current information, contact the office indicated for each of the programs listed below.

Central Michigan University, in conjunction with the federal and state governments and private and civic organizations, offers a variety of fellowships, assistantships, grants, loans, and employment opportunities to assist graduate students in financing their education.

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Financial Aid Categories
Financial aid for graduate students falls under two general categories: need based and non-need based. Each kind of aid has certain advantages and limitations, and each is subject to varying standards of eligibility, application procedures, and regulations. Need-based financial aid includes federal loans and work study employment. Non-need based financial aid includes graduate fellowships and scholarships, graduate assistantships, internships, non-work study campus employment, loans, and veterans’ benefits.

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Financial Aid Information
Students interested in any type of financial aid offered at CMU should contact the appropriate office for current information. Questions about graduate fellowships and scholarships should be directed to the graduate studies office. Questions concerning graduate assistantships should be directed to the academic department offering the assistantship. Questions regarding financial aid applications, loans, and university student employment should be directed to the CMU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, 202 Warriner Hall; Mount Pleasant, MI 48859. Telephone (989) 774-3674, FAX: (989) 774-3634, e-mail: CMUOSFA@CMICH.EDU.

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Financial Aid Application
To apply for federal and state financial assistance programs at Central Michigan University, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Forms are available from financial aid offices at colleges and universities, local high schools and CMU's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.  The application is also available on the web at:  www.fafsa.ed.gov.

CMU financial aid awards are made for a maximum of one academic year. Re-application must be made each year.

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Verification
Under the federal audit quality assurance program, CMU evaluates the accuracy of information submitted by financial aid applicants.  The OSFA is required to collect documents to verify information on the FAFSA. These documents include, but are not limited to, federal tax returns and documentation of assets and family size.

A timely response to a documentation request is important. Your financial aid application cannot be processed without the requested documentation.

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Fraud
Falsification of income information submitted for the purpose of receiving financial assistance will result in cancellation of all future assistance and repayment of all prior assistance received falsely. If federal and/or state funds are involved, notification of the false information will be provided to the proper agency for their further disposition.

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