Welcome to The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
It is the mission of the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to provide you with the optimal financial assistance while attending The Citadel. It is important that you participate in this process throughout each year of enrollment at our school.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Please complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA for this academic year (fall/spring/summer) at fafsa.ed.gov using our federal school code 003423. You must complete and submit an annual FAFSA after January 1st to be considered for federal and state financial aid programs and for the majority of scholarships in our Citadel program. The 2015-16 FAFSA application is now available as well. Once our office has received your FAFSA, your financial aid account for that school year is opened.
Incoming freshmen: Our office will send email communications beginning in late March, 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: It is important to file the FAFSA each year to qualify for federal and state financial aid and to be considered for a large number of our Citadel scholarships. To understand more, please read Common FAFSA Myths. You must also complete a brief, electronic application each year to be considered for the majority of scholarships in The Citadel Scholarship Program.
Ther 2015-2016 Upperclass Cadet Scholarship Application will open mid-March 2015.
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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