Pertinent CSS Policies

Students who are called into active military service

Issued By: Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students 
Approved By: President's Staff 
Effective Date: November 1990 
Revised: May 1999, April 2000, July 2002 

Students who are called into active military service will be allowed to drop (no record) all classes for which they are then registered. Further, upon receipt of the drop notice at the office of the Registrar, all tuition and fees paid for the term then in progress will be refunded and charges for future terms will be canceled. If the active service is to begin in the third or later week of the term, the student has an alternative available in addition to the no record drop described above. The student may choose to take an incomplete grade ("I") or an in-progress grade ("IP") for a course. The registrar may request a copy of the student's active duty notice prior to processing either of the options described.

 Financial Aid:
When students drop and/or withdraw from courses, a Federal Return of Title IV funding (R2T4) calculation must be performed. The calculation determines the prorated amount of all Title IV funds (Pell Grants, SEOG Grants, Direct Student Loans) which must be returned to the federal government. This R2T4 calculation does not change for students activated or relocated for military service. If, after they withdraw from the term, CSS refunds 100% of the tuition charges as per the refund policy, any refund must be used to repay federal programs in accordance with the R2T4 calculation. Any previously awarded refunds for the affected term may be altered based on this calculation.

The College of St. Scholastica will return any unearned federal tuition assistance (TA) funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending; this mirrors The College's Withdrawal and Return of Title IV Funding (R2T4) Policy. When a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, the Veterans Resource Center Coordinator will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion. It is the student's responsibility to inform the Veterans Resource Center Coordinator when they must stop attending classes and the rationale.

Equal Access Statement

Revised: August 2012

Students with disabilities, students who sustained injury in active military service, and students with chronic medical conditions are entitled to appropriate and reasonable auxiliary aids and accommodations through The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  It is the student's responsibility to notify the Center for Equal Access as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.  For more information or to request academic accommodations, please contact The Center for Equal Access in Tower Hall 2126, by phone at (218) 723-6747 or (218) 625-4891, or via e-mail at access@css.edu.

Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Yellow Ribbon, and Chapter 31 Certifying & Awarding Policy

Created: July 25, 2012; Revised: February 14, 2018
Owned by: Trish Johnson, Director of Financial Aid
Updated by: Bridget Bohn
Effective: September 2018 - August 1019

Pursuant to Public Law 111-377, The College of St. Scholastica is specifically designating the following funds for the sole purpose of defraying tuition and fees. Thus, these amounts are deducted from student's total reported tuition and fees. (Note: This is particularly important for students with the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and vocational rehabilitation.) The College reserves the right to add to this list as new funds are created. 

Academic Plus Program Award
Access Awards 
Access Scholarships
Alumni Referral Scholarships
BA Completion Discount
Benedictine Scholarships
BHC Facility Discount
BSBA Discount
Catholic Educators Discount
Catholic Referral Scholarships
Clinical Agency Discount
Continuing Student Awards
Cooperative Site Discount
CSS Alumni Discount
CSS College Readiness Scholarship
CSS Credit Overload Discount
CSS Inclusion & Diversity Scholarship
CSSYES Scholarship
CLEAN Recovery Award
Dean Referral Scholarship
First Class Scholarship
Free Class Discount
FYDP Scholarships
Ge-naadamaagoyan - Native American Scholarship 
General Education Discount
Horatio Alger Scholarship Match
Legacy Award
Meaningful Work Award 10% Discount
Meaningful Work Award 15% Discount
Multiple Family Member Discount
Postgraduate Tuition Aid
PTK Benedictine Scholarships
Sr. Mary Rochefort Community Scholarship
Sr. Tim Kirby Social Justice Scholarship
Study Buddy Discount
Summit Scholarships
TAG Discount
Tower Award
Transfer Achievement Grants
Transfer Nursing Awards
Trio Scholarship
Tuition Exchange Scholarship
Tuition Remission
We Believe in Saints Scholarship

CSS Military Guard and Reserve Scholarship

Yellow Ribbon: Per our Yellow Ribbon Program Agreement with the VA, Yellow Ribbon Awards will be granted to a maximum of 125 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students on a first come-first serve basis. (Note: We have never turned away eligible students. That is, we have never reached this maximum.) We do not have a separate application process for a Yellow Ribbon Award. This benefit is only for those who qualify for 100% Post 9-11 GI Bill®. Therefore, a submitted Certificate of Eligibility listing 100% eligibility, with eligible months remaining, for the Post 9-11 GI Bill® is sufficient. The Financial Aid Office may request the student provide an updated Certificate of Eligibility each semester to verify the months remaining on Post 9-11 GI Bill® eligibility. The VA determines eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Award and months of entitlement. Once Post 9-11 GI Bill® months are used, Yellow Ribbon Award eligibility ends.

For those under the Yellow Ribbon Award eligibility, the yearly max CSS contribution is $12,000 for undergraduates and $5,000 for graduates. The VA matches the amount the school contributes, up to these amounts. The amount a student receives depends on eligibility and their cost of tuition, fees, etc. during eligible months following the policy above. The VA will not pay for tuition covered under other aid that is set as tuition-specific (ie aid listed above). The Yellow Ribbon Award amount will be listed on the student's bill and Financial Aid Award letter.

Questions about any policies can be directed to Jessica Johnston at jjohnsto@css.edu or VAbenefits@css.edu.