FINANCIAL INFORMATION

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition and other fees are established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. All students are charged mandatory fees, which includes charges for academic records, student technology, assessment, library services, student facilities, and student activities. Special fees are charged for other services which are made available to students. Descriptions of mandatory and special student fees are available here.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Cameron University offers many federal, state and institutional aid programs including tuition waivers, scholarships, grants, loans, and work study opportunities to assist students in their educational endeavors. The types and amounts of aid awarded are determined by financial need, student classification, academic merit, talent, and availability of funds. Students intending to apply for financial assistance should contact the Office of Financial Assistance well in advance of their desired start term. Application instructions and forms may be obtained here.

Applying for Aid

Applying for financial aid at Cameron University begins with the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CU Scholarship Application Portal. The FAFSA application is used to apply for nearly all types of financial assistance including federal, state, and institutional aid. The results of the application assist the financial aid office in determining how much and what type of aid may be awarded. The Scholarship Application Portal is utilized to award institutional scholarships that are offered through the university.

Types of Aid

Federal Grants. Grants are financial awards that typically do not have to be repaid. Grants are normally awarded to students who are determined to have a high financial need based on completion of the FAFSA. More information and a list of grants available for graduate studies is available online through the Federal Student Aid website.

Direct Student Loans. The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program allows students who are enrolled at least half-time to borrow money to help pay for and defer the cost of their college education. These programs require that all funds be repaid. Graduate direct student loans have the following borrowing limits: Annual (Fall, Spring, Summer) Limit: $20,500.00; Aggregate Lifetime Limit: $138,500.00.

Scholarships. A scholarship is a type of financial assistance that does not have to be repaid. Funds are provided through the institution, civic and religious organizations, professional groups, foundations, corporations, and cultural groups. Scholarships are based on academic excellence, personal skills, family affiliations, athletic ability, financial need, or other factors.

Tuition Waivers. Tuition waivers are institutional awards used to "offset" the cost of your tuition. These waivers can be applied against in-state and out-of-state tuition. Most tuition waivers are awarded based upon undergraduate GPA and full-time enrollment.

Students can apply for all institutional tuition waivers and scholarships through the CU Scholarship Application Portal. The priority deadline to apply is February 1st annually. A complete listing of institutional tuition waivers and scholarships is available here.

Work Study. Work-study is a student employment program that pays students to work in a variety of positions on campus. Students can use their work-study earnings to help pay for tuition, fees, housing, and other expenses. Two types of work-study are available: institutionally-funded and federally-funded. Enrolled students can find open work-study positions on campus on the Quick Links menu in AggieAccess.

Graduate Assistants. Graduate students meeting certain criteria may also have the opportunity to assist one or more faculty members conducting academic research or other scholarly work as graduate assistants. Criteria for graduate assistants include: a completed a baccalaureate degree, admission into the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, enrollment in six or more graduate-level semester hours during each semester of employment (three semester hours for summer term), and possession of other qualifications determined by the academic unit offering the position including substantial appropriate subject matter expertise requisite to the research. For more information regarding graduate assistantships, please visit the School of Graduate and Professional Studies website.

VETERANS BENEFITS

Cameron University is certified by the Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency to the Veterans Administration (VA) as an approved training institution for certain veterans, eligible dependents or survivors, and active service members who qualify for federally-enacted education benefits administered by the VA.

Cameron University's Veterans Affairs Office (VAO) is an excellent source of information regarding various programs offered through the VA. The application process for benefits, university admissions requirements, and required VA course certification can be addressed at the VAO. A primary function of VAO is certification of student enrollment and attendance to the VA. Eligible students are encouraged to use VAO services regularly.

Initiation and continuation of VA education benefits for eligible students is accomplished through the VAO. Students must submit paperwork indicating their intent to enroll at Cameron University and a request for assistance with benefits at least 10 weeks prior to the beginning of each semester. It is the responsibility of the student to report to the VAO prior to each semester.

Students utilizing VA education benefits must turn in all previous training records and transcripts to be evaluated for prior credit, whether or not prior credit is granted. Students utilizing VA education benefits may be in debt to the VA for withdrawal or early dismissal from the university.

FALSIFICATION AND OWNERSHIP OF RECORDS

Falsification of any admission record, whether by change, omission, or untrue statement will be grounds for permanent denial of admission to the University or suspension from the University with forfeiture of any credit earned. All records required for admission become the property of Cameron University.

NAME OR ADDRESS CHANGE

A student who has legally changed their name must provide appropriate documentation to substantiate the change. This documentation is to be submitted to the Registrar's Office. All transcripts are issued under the student's legal name as recorded in the Registrar's Office. Students should ensure their current mailing address is on file at all times to receive all important information and notices. Students should log in to their AggieAccess account to update address information.