Please select from the options below for more information on the financial resources we provide.

  • How do I...?







    Fill out the FAFSA

    Basic FAFSA Info: what is it; how do you fill it out

    Dependency status for FAFSA purposes


    Determining which parent’s info to report


    How aid is calculated (inc. link to detailed EFC info)


    Types of Aid/Getting Aid

    Types of financial aid

    Who can get federal student aid

    Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used

    Finding and applying for scholarships

    Loan interest rates and fees

    Aid for military families

    Avoiding financial aid scams

    Student Account Access

    My Federal Student Aid (student can log in to see grant and loan records and certain eligibility info)

    Repaying Loans

    Loan repayment

    Repayment Estimator (compares repayment plans)

    Income-driven repayment plans (e.g., Pay As You Earn plan, Income-Based plan)

    Public Service Loan Forgiveness

    Loan forgiveness in general

    Loan forgiveness for teachers

    College Prep

    College Preparation Checklist: academic and financial prep for K-12 and adult students

    Why go to college (education and pay/unemployment rates)

    Special Audiences

    Info for parents (tax benefits, support your child, college costs)

    Graduate school funding

    Financial aid for adult students

    Going to college in another country

    Social Media

    @FAFSA Twitter feed

    Federal Student Aid YouTube channel

    Federal Student Aid Facebook page

  • myGSU portal


    You will have access to the portal after you are accepted at GSU. This is a quick and easy way to monitor your financial aid status.

    To view your financial aid information:

    1. Log in to the myGSU portal at
    2. Click on the "Online Services" tab
    3. Click on "Financial Aid" 

    This is the area where you can view your award letter and accept/reject your financial aid awards. In "Bank Information (U.S.)," you can update the school with direct deposit information so that any financial aid refunds can be sent directly to your checking or savings account.

    Also under "Online Services," you can view "Financial Information" to see your account summary by term to check your account balance. There you can see if you have an outstanding balance and owe money, if you are all paid up or if there is a credit on your account that will be refunded.

  • Understand Cost of Attendance


    2019-2020 Cost of Attendance  

    Governors State University's Office of Financial Aid uses what is called a “standard cost of attendance budget” to calculate your estimated educational costs. A standard cost of attendance budget represents typical costs for students during the academic year. 

    What’s Included

    This standard cost of attendance budget includes both direct and indirect educational costs for the nine-month academic year.

    • Direct costs: items that will be charged by GSU, including tuition, fees and estimated on-campus room and board.
    • Indirect costs: items such as books and supplies, off-campus housing, transportation, and personal expenses. These are estimates based on average expenses incurred by students in the local area. Indirect costs are not paid to the university.

    Estimated Expenses for Students

    Below are typical standard cost of attendance budgets for students. These budgets represent estimated average costs for students attending full time during the academic year.

    Your actual costs may vary from the standard cost of attendance below depending on your academic program, course load, housing arrangements, and individual circumstances.


    Tuition   $9,390.00$8,472.00$11,448.00$21,150.00
    Mandatory Fees$3,226.00$2,596.00$2,596.00$3,226.00
    Books and Supplies$1,000.00$1,000.00$1,000.00$1,000.00
    Room and Board$10,638.00$10,638.00$10,638.00$10,638.00
    Personal Expenses$1,000.00$1,000.00$1,000.00$1,000.00
    Loan Fees$100.00$220.00$220.00$220.00

  • Financial Aid Self-Service


    This is a quick and easy way to monitor your financial aid status.To view your financial aid information:

    1. Log in to the myGSU portal at
    2. Click on the "Online Services" tab
    3. Click on "Financial Aid" 
    4. My Financial Aid 

    For more information on Financial Aid Self-Service, click on the tutorials below:

    Financial Aid Home

    Financial Aid Required Documents

    Satisfactory Academic Process

    My Awards

    Award Letter

  • Using Financial Aid in the bookstore


    Making purchases at the GSU bookstore is easier than it’s ever been with FA link! 

  • Chicagoland Regional College Program (CRCP)


    The Chicagoland Regional College Program offers assistance with the high costs associated with earning a college degree or career certificate. Through the CRCP, part-time students attend Governors State University while working part-time at United Parcel Service (UPS) in Hodgkins, Illinois. CRCP students receive pay starting at $10 per hour, up to $5,250 per year for tuition and fees, $50 per course toward textbooks, a $100 monthly transportation allowance, and a $300-$500 monthly bonus to offset any other expenses. 

    To learn more, visit the CRCP website

  • Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS)


    The goal of CCAMPIS is to assist low-income and full-time GSU undergraduate students with child care expenses so that they persist and graduate. The CCAMPIS program provides childcare funding for the GSU Family Development Center to ensure student parent enrollment, persistence, and graduation. CCAMPIS is a 4-year federal grant through the U.S. Department of Education.

    To apply, submit the online application and required supporting documentation at If you need assistance, contact the Director of Community Standards and Student Advocacy at or 708.235.2845.

  • Study Abroad Information


    Study Abroad


    If you are a degree seeking student and will be studying abroad, you may be eligible for additional financial aid to help with the costs associated with the trip. Study Abroad trips can be for a condensed amount of time (i.e. a few weeks) or they can be for the course of an entire semester or academic year.  To determine if you can utilize your financial aid to assist in paying for your Study Abroad experience, you must do the following:

    •  First, schedule an appointment to meet with Amy Schoenberg, Governors State’s Study Abroad Coordinator, to ensure that she is aware of the trip, and so that she can initiate the next steps in the process.  
    • If the nature of your trip is of the abbreviated variety (i.e. not for an entire semester/academic year) there must be an accompanying course, given here at GSU, and taken for credit, that you must enroll in. Trips that are taken without registering for an adjoining course will not be considered for additional financial aid assistance.  
    • If the trip is of the abbreviated variety, and you are enrolling in the accompanying course, a cost sheet must be established and confirmed by the Study Abroad Coordinator. 
    • If your Study Abroad trip is for an entire semester or academic year, the Study Abroad Coordinator will work with The Office of Financial Aid to determine your budget/cost of attendance.  Financial Aid will then determine what types/amounts of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive.                  
    •  If your study abroad program is not coordinated through GSU, you are required to meet with your Academic Advisor to determine that your anticipated coursework is both transferable and applicable to your degree here at GSU. 


      Paying for your trip


    • Please note: if you are taking an abbreviated Study Abroad trip, and you are allocated additional aid to help finance the trip, that aid will only disburse during the term within which the accompanying course is being offered.    
    • Any increase in financial aid to help meet the additional costs of studying abroad will usually require additional loan money such as a Federal Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized, PLUS and/or Alternative loans. Federal loan limits do apply. 
    • For information regarding the GSU Study Abroad Scholarship, as well as alternative ways to finance your education abroad, learn what the Office of International Services has to say, here
    • Typically, abbreviated trips are billed in installments which are due before the trip takes place.  If that is the case, it is your responsibility to make these payments, and then (if applicable) reimburse yourself once your financial aid disburses during the term in which the accompanying course is being held.  
    • If your trip is for an entire term or academic year, your aid will be disbursed in accordance with the general disbursement dates as determined by the University.  Please note that your aid may be affected if you register for less than full-time enrollment, and at least half-time enrollment is required for federal loans to disburse.   
    • If your trip is not coordinated through GSU, it will be your responsibility to arrange to receive your financial aid from GSU, and then pay the tuition/fees at the “host” school. 
    • After being processed by the appropriate office, your study abroad transcripts must show the following two things: (1) you earned the amount of hours you received aid for during the study abroad term and (2) you received grades of at least a D or above. If not, the financial aid you received could be affected. You may be billed and may be responsible for repaying those funds to GSU.  


  • Undocumented Students


    Undocumented students follow the same admission procedures as all potential Governors State applicants. The undocumented status has no effect on admissions, which is based on the student's academics and examination scores.

  • Nerdscholar


    Nerdscholar is a financial literacy website that equips students and their families with resources they need to make smarter financial choices about college and beyond.

  • Prepaid Tuition and 529 Plans


    The State of Illinois offers the College Illinois Prepaid Tuition Plan and the Bright Start College Savings Plan. The value of any education savings plans should be included as other investments on the FAFSA form.

    If you are using Prepaid Tuition/529 benefits at Governors State, contact the Financial Services Office at 708.235.3990 to arrange those payments.

  • Net Price Calculator


    This calculator is intended to provide estimated net price information (defined as estimated cost of attendance — including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses — minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to current and prospective students and their families based on what similar students paid in a previous year.      


  • Illinois Board of Higher Education online complaint system


    Participants in Title IV Federal Financial Aid under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, are required to direct students to a state agency for assistance with unresolved complaints. Related regulations require all Title IV participating institutions, regardless of the origin of their state authorization to operate, to comply with state agency complaint process and to communicate such information publicly. Under Federal rule 34 CFR 600.9 and 668.43(b), Title IV eligible institutions must make available to students or prospective students, upon request, a copy of the documents describing the institution's accreditation and state authorization. The institution must provide its students or prospective student with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and the state. 

    The IBHE online complaint site includes step-by-step instructions and key information about the complaint process. 



    Governors State University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As a member, GSU is recognized as having comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. This authorization makes it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. Membership in NC-SARA assures students that the curriculum for online learning is coherent, cohesive, and comparable in academic rigor to programs offered in traditional instructional formats. Additionally membership assures that we evaluate the effectiveness of our online learning offerings, including the extent to which the online learning goals are achieved, and that we use the results of our evaluations to enhance the attainment of program outcomes for all students. We verify that our faculty, responsible for delivering online coursework and evaluating student success in achieving learning outcomes are appropriately qualified and effectively supported. Students enrolled in online courses are also provided effective academic services to support their success in online courses and programs.


    We take the concerns and need of our students very seriously. Should a student enrolled in an online program need to call attention to a course or program issue the process for filing a complaint or a grievance is detailed here:

    Additional information regarding Governor State University’s participation in NC-SARA can be obtained by contacting the Chief Academic Officer of the University in the Office of the Provost –