Admission & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Calendar and Deadlines

Undergraduate Students

Winter 2015-16 (December - February)

12/1/15- 12/31/15
Register for your Federal Student Aid user ID and password. Dependent students need the student and at least one parent to set up an FSA user ID to electronically sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Each user must set up his/her own FSA user ID and tie it to an email address within his/her control. Keep this information in a secure place and do not share them with anyone.

The 2016-17 FAFSA becomes available to file. It is best to use accurate, completed 2015 tax returns, but you can file using estimated income and tax information in order to file as early as possible. Concordia University Chicago’s School Code is 001666.

Approximately 3 - 5 business days after submitting the FAFSA, students who provided an e-mail address will receive an e-mail from the U.S. Department of Education with a link to their Student Aid Report (SAR). You can review all of your answers to make sure your SAR has correct information. It is also important to read the SAR comments to determine if additional documentation is required.

Note: If estimate 2015 income to complete the FAFSA, you must update the data once you have actually filed your federal income taxes. You must also update the tax filing status from "will file taxes" to "already completed" for both the parent and student.

Spring 2016 classes begin.
Spring 2016 disbursement date for undergraduate students

If you haven’t already done so, complete the FAFSA  to receive maximum consideration for financial aid.  

Illinois residents are especially encouraged to file early to establish eligibility for the Illinois MAP grant. Students who file after the state deadline cannot receive MAP grant funding.

 Note: The FAFSA completion deadline for MAP consideration is set annually by the state of Illinois. Historically, this deadline has fluctuated around the middle of February. We strongly encourage Illinois residents to file the FAFSA by February 1st at the latest. 

Spring 2016 (March - May)


This is the CUC priority date for receipt of your FAFSA results. Those received prior to March 1, 2016 will be given priority consideration for financial aid. FAFSA results received after this date will be considered for aid based on the availability of funds.

Financial aid packaging is underway and accepted students with a valid FAFSA on file will receive a Financial Aid Award Letter. Students can review, accept and/or decline their financial aid packages by logging onto Concordia Connect. View and complete any missing items as requested.


Second spring 2016 undergraduate loan disbursement (for one-semester loans)


Financial aid packaging continues. Students can review, accept and/or decline their financial packages by logging onto Concordia Connect. View and complete any missing items as requested.


Last date for Concordia University Chicago to receive your FAFSA in order to receive a pre-bill for the 2016-17 academic year. This will include all of your awarded financial aid and reduce the out-of-pocket balance due to Concordia-Chicago by the end of July.

Admitted students must pay their enrollment deposits with the Office of Undergraduate Admission to secure enrollment in the 2016 fall class.


Complete the two online steps to secure your Federal Direct Loans to allow enough processing time for the funds to be available by the fall bill due date.

Summer 2016 (June - August)


Priority date for Concordia University Chicago to receive any requested documentation in order to complete the financial aid file. If you are applying for an alternative loan, you should make your application with the lender by this date.


Last day to complete the two-step process of securing your Federal Direct Loans to allow enough processing time for the funds to be available by the fall bill due date.

End of June

Semester bills are sent by the Student Business Services Office. Please note that your financial aid will not reflect on your bill unless you have completed all requirements with our office.

June - July

New students: attend orientation (Jump Start) for the opportunity to register for classes, choose meal plans, and receive estimated fall bills.

Parents can apply for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan online. Credit-approved PLUS Loans will be added to the student's financial aid award. If the parent's credit is denied for the PLUS Loan, the student may be offered additional Direct Unsubsidized Loan funding. 


Confirm your attendance to CUC by either paying your balance in full or beginning payment with Concordia - Chicago’s installment plan.

Fall 2016 (August - November)

First day of fall classes!

Study, work hard and enjoy your CUC experience! Remember, your grades can affect your eligibility for federal and state financial aid.
Fall 2016 loan disbursement for undergraduate students
Second fall 2016 undergraduate loan disbursement (for one-semester loans)


Students must submit all missing documents to the Office of Financial Aid at least 3 weeks before the end of the semester. Failure to do so may result in the ineligibility to receive financial aid.