Types of Aid

Types of Aid

Most students are eligible for some type of financial aid regardless of family financial circumstances. Basically, to be eligible for aid, students must:
  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Renewal FAFSA designating ECSU
    (school code 002926) to receive FAFSA results.
  • Be a United States citizen or an eligible noncitizen.
  • Be admitted to or enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program.
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the ECSU Financial Aid Office.
  • Not owe a refund on a student grant or be in default on a student loan.
  • Be enrolled at least half time, six or more undergraduate credit hours or five or more graduate credit hours.

ECSU has several types of financial aid for students. Students may get a combination of any of the following to pay for education expenses:


    The ECSU Foundation manages a number of endowed scholarships which have unique eligibility requirements based on donor agreements.  The good news is for most awards, no additional application is required to be considered for a Foundation scholarship.  All students who submit a FAFSA will be considered based on the eligibility criteria for each endowed scholarship.

     Foundation scholarships are awarded based on major of study, state of residency, interest in a specific subject area like math or science, or exceptional talent and academic performance.

    Need-based scholarships and grants are awarded based upon a student's financial need. Some scholarships are awarded based on both merit and financial need.

  • Grants
    Grants are awards that are not repaid. Only undergraduates who have not previously received a bachelor's degree   are eligible.
  • The Federal Work-Study program provides part-time employment for undergraduate and graduate students that have a financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for education expenses. The program encourages students to work in community service or work in a filed related to the student’s course of study. Being awarded Federal Work-Study doesn’t guarantee you a job.
  • There are several loan options available to assist you in financing your education including Federal Direct Student Loans, and Federal Parent PLUS Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Loans is borrowed money that must  be repaid, with interest.

  • The Office of Student Aid and Scholarships packages students up to their maximum eligibility. Please be mindful that financial aid does not always cover all of your college expenses however there are several resources available for students to explore. Be sure to look into these options early and contact our office if you have any questions.