Welcome to The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
It is the mission of the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to provide you with the optimal financial assistance while attending The Citadel. It is important that you participate in this process throughout each year of enrollment at our school.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Please complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA for the current academic year (fall/spring/summer) at fafsa.ed.gov using our federal school code 003423. You must complete and submit an annual FAFSA after October 1st to be considered for federal and state financial aid programs and for the majority of scholarships in our Citadel program. The 2017-18 FAFSA application is available now and should be filed for the coming academic year. Once our office has your FAFSA on file, that school year's financial aid account is opened. Financial Aid award notices begin in November.
Incoming freshmen in the Corps of Cadets: Our office will send email communications beginning in November using the email address provided on the FAFSA. Please immediately complete requests for additional paperwork; delays on your part can hinder your ability to receive aid from programs with limited funding such as grants and scholarships.
Upperclassmen in the Corps of Cadets: It is important to file the FAFSA each year to qualify for federal and state financial aid and to be considered for a large number of our Citadel scholarships. To understand more, please read Common FAFSA Myths. You must also complete a brief, electronic application each year to be considered for the majority of scholarships in The Citadel Scholarship Program.
Evening Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students must be in a degree program and enrolled at least part-time (6 credit hours for undergraduates and 4.5 credit hours for graduate students) to be eligible for federal financial aid. Graduate Certificate Students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
The 2017-2018 Upperclass Cadet Scholarship Application will open mid-March 2017.
Financial Aid Account Access
Students can access their Financial Aid through our school portal Lesesne Gateway. If you have yet to log into Lesesne Gateway or don't know your password, please review the Information Technology website. For directions on how to navigate the Citadel portal, use "How to Access Your Financial Aid Self-Service."
Financial Aid Account Requirements
Please be sure to complete all of your outstanding financial aid account requirements to ensure that your financial aid is in order and to prevent a hold on your course registration.
Questions Everyone Asks
Read "Questions Everyone Asks" and "Financial Aid for Prospective Cadets" and "Application and Award Timetable" to understand The Citadel's financial aid process. Please contact our office with questions about your financial aid for the current/upcoming school year. We are available to help you obtain the optimal financial assistance for your Citadel education.
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