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You've received your financial aid package. Now what?

Here are the next steps to take for completing the financial aid process.

As you review these steps, keep in mind that you're not alone in this process. Your admissions counselor is here to help you navigate the financial aid process and answer any questions you have. Your admissions counselor's name and contact information are located on your financial aid notification.

NOTE: If you are only receiving St. Scholastica scholarships, no action is required. You may, however, want to set up a payment plan or direct deposit. See step 5 below for more information. 

At St. Scholastica, you will have access to my.CSS, a web-based student portal where you'll find important financial aid information, news, announcements, access to email and links to services and support. The Welcome to my.CSS module is a the best place to start to learn your way around.

You will need your username and password to log into my.CSS — you can get this information by using our account lookup tool. Upon successful retrieval of your username and password, log into my.CSS. Type your username (the code starting with a "B" or "V") and password.

First-year incoming students

Your username and password will be available after you have submitted your deposit and registered for an orientation session. You can submit your deposit by logging into the student application portal. Registration for orientation will be emailed to you the in the spring after your deposit.

New transfer students

Your username and password will be available after you have completed your intent to enroll form.

  • Review the OneStop checklist     
  • Let us know of any non-CSS scholarships you're receiving

Student loans require an additional application (beyond completing the FAFSA). If you are planning to borrow, follow the instructions listed on my.CSS.

You will see that there are a variety of loan options. If you're interested in reviewing loan options, you may view Federal Direct Loans and private educational loan options.

We strongly recommend completing loan applications a minimum of four weeks before the start of the semester.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) agreement (optional)

Any student 18 or older has the right to privacy of educational records. This includes academic information such as grades, financial aid information, student account information and academic progress reports. Federal law requires the College to protect this privacy for each student.

Complete Refund Authorization agreement (optional)

According to federal regulations, The College of St. Scholastica must obtain an authorization form from a student in order to use Federal Student Aid (FSA) to pay allowable educationally-related charges other than tuition, fees, and room and board. This voluntary authorization is valid for the entire academic year at The College of St. Scholastica. If your financial aid is in excess of your charges, you might be eligible for a refund. You also have the option of requesting the college hold your excess financial aid to pay toward a future term balance within the same academic year. However, all eligible credit balances will be refunded at the end of the academic year. You may revise your authorization at any time.

In addition to student loan options, the College offers several other options to pay your bill. We accept cash, personal checks, money orders or cashier's checks. In addition to a semester-based payment plan, we offer two online options through our payment center:

  1. Electronic check (ACH)
  2. Credit card or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Diners 
    Club are accepted). NOTE: There is a 2.75% processing fee for using a credit or debit

Direct deposit is highly recommended. You will have quick access to your credit balance without having to worry about lost mail. Complete the direct deposit form.

Frequently asked questions

For more information, visit our frequently asked questions page.