Financial aid is available for most degree-seeking students. We make the application process as easy as possible.
We encourage all students to apply for financial aid to help make college education affordable. But we understand that filling out financial aid applications can be daunting. Our Financial Aid staff is available to help you and answer your questions at 708.534.4480 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governors State University's financial aid code for your FAFSA is 009145.
Financial Aid Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2017-2018 FAFSA Information
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2017-2018 will be available on October 1, 2016. This earlier date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit their FAFSA earlier.
Starting with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students will report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. On the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students and parents will report their 2015 income and tax information.
More information about the FAFSA changes are availabe at studentaid.ed.gov.
Disbursement Date Policy Change
For planning purposes, please note the financial aid
disbursement date for summer 2016 is: June 7, 2016. Financial Aid
refunds will be deposited directly into a bank account of your choice within
3-4 business days of disbursement if you have completed the online bank
information form for direct deposit of refunds. For information on how to
complete this form please go to:
Provide Bank information for Direct Deposit of refunds
If you have not provided this form before the disbursement date,
your check will be mailed to you.
From November 30 through February 6, you can make charges to your student account, including adding or dropping
courses, meal plans, contracting for university housing (Prairie Place),
purchasing or renting books at the GSU Follett Bookstore, and purchasing supplies
from the GSU Follett Bookstore. Financial aid will be moved to your student
account to pay for accrued charges. If there is not enough financial aid to
cover your charges, you will need to make payment arrangements. If there is an
excess of financial aid, you will be disbursed a refund via direct deposit into
a bank account of your choice.
Important Information from the IRS
The IRS announced its "Get Transcript" application had been compromised by cyber criminals. Over 100,000 taxpayers' accounts were illegally accessed. The "Get Transcript" application has been temporarily disabled. The IRS has taken several additional measures to protect taxpayers and their confidential information.
This impacts students and families who may be requesting tax transcripts to complete their financial aid process. At this time, tax transcripts are only available when requested by mail and take up to ten days for delivery. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) available within fafsa.ed.gov. Links to a statement from the IRS AND a Q & A list are provided below.
IRS Full Statement
Get Transcript Q & A
There are many types of loans available to you. Loans are funds that are borrowed to help pay for you education expenses. Loans must be repaid, usually with interest.
A grant is a form of financial aid that does not require repayment. At GSU, you’ll find both the federal and state grants that may be available to help pay for your education.
Federal Work-Study is a program for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students with financial need. It is a way to gain good work experience along with financial support for your education. Learn more >>
Tuition Waivers & Assistantships
GSU offers a variety of tuition waivers and graduate assistantships. These tuition waivers and assistantships are generally awarded based on academic merit. Learn more >>
Resources & Tools
You can access your Financial Aid Award and view your financial aid information online through the myGSU online portal. You will have access to the portal when you are accepted at GSU. This is a quick and easy way to monitor your financial aid status. Learn more >>
Verification is the process of confirming that your information and, if applicable, your parent's or spouse's information reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid is accurate. Learn more >>
Forms and Publications
The forms you need are here.
Tuition and Fees
Click here to review tuition and fees at Governors State University, as well as the tuition calculator and Net Price calculator.
The process of applying for and being awarded financial aid can seem complicated. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Learn more >>