Financial aid packages are determined when a student has been accepted for admission into a degree program and the Financial Aid Office has received a valid FAFSA along with all requested supporting documentation.

Financial aid eligibility is based on the FAFSA information, enrollment status and cost of attendance.

All federal and college funded aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, subject to availability of funds. Aid is awarded for one academic year at a time. Students must reapply each year.  Full-time students are awarded based on tuition, fees and books and living expenses. Part-time and graduate students are awarded based on tuition, fees and books.

Additional funding for other education-related expenses may be requested by contacting the Financial Aid Office.

Notifications For Financial Aid Award Packages

New incoming students are notified of their financial aid eligibility via mail to their home address. Returning students are notified via their CSJ email account to come and pick up their award packages or they are mailed home to students not living on campus.

Disbursement of Funds

Financial aid is distributed after the start of the semester among the terms in which the student is enrolled. Failure to complete paperwork and other requirements will delay the disbursement of financial aid.

Federal funding, institutional grants and Vermont state funding through VSAC are disbursed electronically onto the students account. Alternative loan funds are disbursed either electronically or via check. Outside state grants are disbursement via check.

Disbursement notifications are sent each time federal student aid is disbursed informing the student or parent PLUS loan borrower the funds have been applied to the students account.

Work study funds must be earned. Work study is paid bi-weekly. Federal work study is paid by check directly to the student for hours worked. Work study paid from college funds may be credited to your student account or paid to the student via check dependent.

Books and Supplies for Pell-eligible Students

College of St. Joseph has an online bookstore open to all students to purchase their required textbooks. At the time the online bookstore opens students with an anticipated credit balance are issued a book voucher which they may use to purchase textbooks from our online bookstore. The book voucher is provided to the student via email. Use of the book voucher is a choice for the student.