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Applying for Financial Aid

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Here is some helpful information to get you started. If you need assistance, please email finaid [at] (Financial Aid) or call 800-926-5534 or 402-399-2429.

  1. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at starting in December. Be sure to include College of Saint Mary’s federal school code, 002540 to have your application sent to us.
  2. In the meantime, research and apply for private scholarships and grants that you might qualify to receive. Check with your high school guidance counselor, various online scholarship search resources, and inquire with your clubs, organizations, or employer benefits.
  3. After you are accepted to a degree or certificate program at College of Saint Mary, you will get an email notification from our Financial Aid team to login to NetPartner, our Financial Aid Portal. There, you can review, accept or decline your financial aid, and access any additional documents needed. Your admissions counselor will contact you within a few days after you receive this message to discuss your aid and answer questions you may have.
  4. Complete your Semester Financial Arrangements (SFA) with College of Saint Mary after you are registered for classes and your financial aid file is complete. You will make payment arrangements for your balance due or set up direct deposit for your financial aid refund.

All students who file the FAFSA may pursue a professional judgment which allows our financial aid staff to take into consideration special and/or unusual circumstances which you may be experiencing that affect your ability to afford attendance at CSM. Special circumstances include financial situations such as job loss or needing additional funding for living expenses. Unusual circumstances include situations which affect a student’s dependency status on the FAFSA.

Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 402-399-2429 or finaid [at] to talk with our staff. We will help you through the process of submitting the request and necessary documentation so we can fully consider your special and/or unusual circumstances. About three weeks after we have the information needed, you will know if your financial aid offer can be updated. We look forward to working with you!