Below are links to all the important forms you might need for Financial Aid at CIM. To see a list of related links and other online resources, please check out our links section below.
Always keep a copy of ALL forms for your records before submitting to CIM.
- CIM Financial Aid Information Guide - document that explains in detail the aid offered by CIM, policies, regulations and other general information.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy - details academic standards that are required to be eligibile for nearly all financial aid types.
- Financial Aid Timeline for Applicants and Timeline for Returning Students - documents listing important dates for Financial Aid processing.
- FAFSA online (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Applicable to U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) only. This is required for ALL U.S./permanent resident applicants seeking any need-based aid (federal/state grants, work study, loans). For 2016-2017 applicants, the priority due date is March 1. The returning student due date for the renewal FAFSA is May 1, 2016. CIM's School Code is 003031. It is not required for returning students who seek no federal aid in subsequent years of study (grants, loans & work study). One to three business days after filing a FAFSA online, you should receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Until you have reviewed the SAR, do NOT assume you successfully sent your FAFSA, regardless of the "confirmation" pop up message and immediate email, when you click "send". The confirmation message simply confirms they received your data, not that it has been processed or that a valid FAFSA is now on file. Only the SAR indicates if you have a valid, completed FAFSA. The FAFSA is required each year a student seeks any federal student aid consideration and eligibility my fluctuate year to year.
- NetPartner Application - This is required of ALL applicants (undergraduate, graduate, U.S and International) who seek any need-based financial aid. For 2016-2017 applicants, the priority due date is March 1. This application is not required for students returning in the same program.
- Transfer Clearance Form - Required of any applicant who will NOT have completed their current program at another school before enrolling at CIM. Also required if you have previously deposited and signed an Intent to Enroll Form with another school, such as if you are wait-listed at CIM, and accepted another school's offer. This is required for ANY scholarship or aid award, whether the student seeks scholarship only or need-based consideration as well.
- Verification Forms (only complete if asked to do so by CIM Financial Aid Office as noted on the student NetPartner "documents" screen):
- Verification Policies sheet - Explains the Verification process at CIM.
- Verification Form - STUDENT - required of any student selected for Verification. If applicable, this form will be listed on the NetPartner "documents" list.
- Verification Form - PARENT - required of any dependent student (generally all undergraduates) selected for Verification in addition to the Verification Form - STUDENT. If applicable, this form will be listed on the NetPartner "documents" list.
- Low Income Supplement Form - This is a Verification follow-up form sometimes requested by CIM if the student and/or family income/assets listed on the 15-16 FAFSA appear insufficient to support the number of people reported in your household, relative to the 2015 U.S. Poverty Guidelines.
- Tuition Sponsorship Agreement Form - Used to help sponsors support a CIM student who has demonstrated financial need.
- FERPA Release Form Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - Students must submit a FERPA Consent Form if they wish to grant CIM permission to speak to anyone other than the student about any student-specific details of their educational record. Students may grant FERPA consent to anyone or no one. This form must be updated annually to keep consent active. Current and newly confirmed students must give written consent to CIM before CIM is permitted to discuss student billing, financial aid, grades, etc. with anyone but the student. FERPA is not applicable to applicants, only actual confirmed or enrolled students. CIM's FERPA Policy is found at http://www.cim.edu/assets/downloads/financialaid/ferpapolicy.pdf.
Financial Aid: Links
Below are links to online Financial Aid resources. To see a list of related forms, please check out our forms section above.
Links & Online Resources
- NetPartner - CIM's online financial aid system. Active applicants/current students use their NetPartner accounts to view their aid files and see receipt status of required documents. 2016-2017 applicants will have their login details emailed by early January.
- CIM Conservatory Catalog - Details pertaining to CIM's rules, regulations and policies for subjects related to Financial Aid and other things.
- FAFSA online - online FAFSA form (U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens only). The CIM FAFSA school code is 003031.
- NSLDS (National Student Loan Data System) - Allows you to view your complete Federal loan and Pell Grant history.
- Financial Aid Overviews:
- Eligibility Information - Explanation of Eligibility, Cost of Attendance, and Special Circumstances.
- Ohio Grant Aid - site for Ohio students and parents.
- Other States - Link to all states higher education offices/websites.
- Campus Partners - Services Federal Perkins Loans and CIM Loans.
- Veterans Educational Benefits
- Identity Theft Protection
- FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
- Five-year calendar for CIM & Case.
- Federal Tax Information for Students: www.irs.gov/Individuals/Students and www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Benefits-for-Education:-Information-Center
- Currency Conversion Calculator
- NASFAA Tax Benefits - guidance on Federal income tax relief for college expenses - the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit - as well as available tax deductions for tuition and fees.
- Office of the Ombudsman - for dispute resolution regarding Federal student loans
- Financial Aid Resources for International Students:
- Repaying Your Student Loans - US Government site explaining repayment options and steps to take so you won't get behind in payments or go into default.
- Direct Loans - US Dept. of Education's online home for Direct Loan information
- Saving for College:
- College Savings Plan Network - provides details on state savings plans.
- Debt Management:
- StudentLoans.gov - Comprehensive Federal Financial Aid page. Includes link to Financial Awareness Counseling as well as other information on repaying your loans.
- National Foundation of Credit Counseling - List of Consumer Credit Counseling Service offices, which provide counseling on credit, debt management, and budgeting.
- Free Credit Reports - Free credit reports from the three nationwide consumer reporting companies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion).