Welcome to The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
It is the mission of the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to provide you with optimal financial assistance while attending The Citadel. Participation in this process is imperative for continued success each year.
New! Blue Ribbon Program - Active Duty Grant
The Citadel is proud to offer up to 25 tuition grants to active duty service members that are enrolled in one of The Citadel's online undergraduate programs. To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, the tuition grant will cap tuition at $250 per credit hour. The grant does not include any additional fees and is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis per academic year. National Guard and Reservists in an active duty status are also eligible.
The institutional application for the Blue Ribbon Active Duty Grant should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at least 30 days before the start of the academic term in which you are seeking the grant.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Please complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year (fall/spring/summer) at fafsa.ed.gov using our federal school code 003423. The 2020-21 FAFSA application is available NOW and should be filed for the coming academic year (beginning with the Fall 2020 term). 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. Once our office has your FAFSA on file, that school year's financial aid account is opened. Financial aid award notices begin in December.
Incoming freshmen in the Corps of Cadets: Our office will send email communications beginning in December 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 many of our Citadel scholarships. You must also complete a brief, electronic application each year to be considered for the majority of scholarships in The Citadel Scholarship Program. To understand more, please read Common FAFSA Myths.
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 2019-2020 Upperclass Cadet Scholarship Application is CLOSED
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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