Financial Aid

Welcome to CBU's Financial Aid Department

CBU's team of financial aid administrators are committed to helping you find and secure the resources you need to finance you educational investment. Find out more about how CBU Financial Aid serves students like you.

To help us better serve you, please visit the linked pages to the left that best correspond to your situation.

Financial Aid Award

Several factors determine the amount and type of financial aid you are offered.

  • Your financial need as determined by FAFSA
  • Your williingness to accept various types of aid
  • Availability of funds

A financial aid award consists of gift aid (such as scholarships and grants which do not have to be repaid) and self-help aid (such as student loans and work study which must be borrowed or earned).

What is a FAFSA? Submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the starting point for accessing most forms of federal and state aid. Click here to go to the application Web site. Remember to use the free government website.

Students and parents may request an appeal of the student's financial aid award if there has been extenuating circumstances resulting in a significant change to the total family income since the previous year's income.  To move forward with an appeal of your financial aid award, please submit a letter of to the Financial Aid Office explaining the change.  

All appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis according to the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Education. The Financial Aid Office will contact you directly after an appeal is submitted.

If you have any questions regarding your financial aid award letter, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 951-343-4236 or