FAFSA Information

Undergraduate and graduate students applying for financial aid in the form of federal, state, and institutional funds must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The information on the FAFSA is used to establish financial aid eligibility for the various financial aid programs offered at CBU. There is no separate institutional financial aid application to complete.

The FAFSA can be completed entirely online by creating a FSA ID that gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature. Only create an FSA ID using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use. You are not authorized to create an FSA ID on behalf of someone else, including a family member.

Following is a step-by-step guide to completing the FAFSA for 2021-2022, which is still required for Summer 2022. The 2022-2023 application has minor updates that should be simple to navigate using the tutorial below.

You will need CBU’s School Code, 003482, for us to receive your application data. The process of applying for financial aid must be repeated each academic year by completing a FAFSA.

Visit CBU’s Net Price Calculator Create a FSA ID Apply for FAFSA

Adding CBU to an Earlier FAFSA

If you have already filled out a FAFSA form and would like to add CBU to it, you may do so online using your FSA ID. CBU’s code is 003482.

FAFSA Questions & Help

You can get information from the FAFSA Help Center for free by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Information specialists at this number can:

  • help you complete the FAFSA (either electronic or paper).
  • answer your questions about a PIN.
  • help you make corrections to your Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • explain federal student aid eligibility requirements and other aspects of student aid.
  • explain the process of determining financial need and awarding aid.
  • have your application information sent to a specific school.
  • send federal student aid publications to you.

Financial Aid Offer Notification

Once you are accepted into Christian Brothers University, the Office of Financial Aid will determine your offer and send you a financial aid offer notification packet.

  • You should review your offers carefully. Your offers are based on the information reported on your FAFSA and full time enrollment in a degree seeking or MLIC certification program.
  • You may decline all or portions of your offers by striking through those you do not wish to receive.

The financial aid packet students receive is based on estimated budgets for the year. Estimated costs for full-time students can be found on our Net Price Calculator. Important dates for the academic year can be found on the Registrar’s Office Academic Calendar page.

Full-time status is outlined here:

Fall SemesterSpring Semester

Important note: Institutional offers are NOT available if you enroll in less than full time.

  • Undergraduate William D. Ford Direct Loans are not available if you enroll in less than 6 hours per semester.
  • Graduate William D. Ford Direct Loans are not available if you enroll in less than 5 hours per semester.
  • Pell Grants and/or the Tennessee Student Assistance Awards are prorated based on the hours you are enrolled in if less than full time.

Financial Aid Fact Sheets

We get it – paying for college can be confusing. Prospective and current students as well as their families should contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions, issues and concerns at finaid@cbu.edu. We’re here to help!

Disclaimer: Information contained on this site is subject to change based on the latest state and federal guidelines. Students and families may always obtain the latest information by contacting the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@cbu.edu.