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Graduate Financial Aid

College of Saint Mary will work with you to make your advanced degree possible.

Our Financial Aid team will guide you through the steps to apply for financial aid resources including the following:

Federal Resources

Federal student loans — for repayment options and sample loan payments visit

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan — Fixed interest loan available to any eligible graduate student enrolled at least half time with no required demonstration of financial need.
  • Federal Direct GradPLUS Loan — Credit-based loan for graduate students enrolled at least half time to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid.


Alternative Loans (Private Student Loans)

  • Credit-based loans from private lenders with terms, including fees, interest rates, creditworthiness and repayment, set by the lender making the loan. Loan amount is subject to cost of attendance limits.


Other Resources

Other resources for aid include outside scholarships (see the notice on this page), veterans' benefits and vocational rehabilitation. You must notify our Financial Aid Office of any outside assistance you receive as it will be considered in the financial aid process. Your total financial aid package cannot exceed the total cost of attendance at College of Saint Mary.

Contact the finaid [at] (subject: Graduate%20Financial%20Aid%20Resources) (Financial Aid Office) at 800-926-5534 x2362 or 402-399-2362 to get started.

Applying for Financial Aid

We’re Here to Assist You

Our team is here to guide you, answer your questions, and assist you at any time. You can reach the finaid [at] (financial aid office) at 800-926-5534 x2429 or 402-399-2429.

Here is some information to get you started with your financial aid:

  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1. Add College of Saint Mary’s federal school code, 002540, so that we may receive your information.
  • Apply and be accepted to a degree or certificate program at College of Saint Mary.
  • In the meantime, research and apply for private scholarships and grants that you might qualify to receive. Check with your employer or any organizations associated with your field of study and check various online sources.
  • Check your CSM email for a link to our Financial Aid Portal, Net Partner, where you can accept or decline the financial aid offered to you. You may also complete and upload any required documents. Your Enrollment counselor will contact you within a few days after your financial aid offer is available to discuss your aid and answer questions you may have.
  • Carefully consider the amount of student loan you will want to borrow to fund your tuition and support yourself for the year. Student loans may be borrowed for tuition, books, and, if needed, for estimated living expenses.
  • Loan borrowers will find links in Net Partner so they may complete their Federal Direct Loan documents under “Messages & Documents”.
  • Complete your Semester Financial Arrangements (SFA) with College of Saint Mary when your financial aid file is complete. Through SFA, you will make payment arrangements if you have a balance due. You may also request your financial aid funds to use in the Campus Store. If you have financial aid to help with your living expenses, you will be able to set up your direct deposit.
  • Living expense refunds generally are deposited about three weeks after classes begin each term. Set up your budget with that schedule in mind.