Learn how your CES award is calculated, how to access the funds, and what costs are included.
- Tuition (12-18 undergraduate credits per term)
- Fees (student activities, technology, recreation center, etc.)
- Housing (two-person/double dorm room)
- Food (15-19 meal plan)
How We Calculate Your Annual CES Amount:
Standard Tuition, Fees, Housing, Food Costs
MINUS Grant/Scholarship aid
MINUS $2,500 Student Loan
= CES payment
Before moving off campus, review your eligibility:
- You must live on campus (or commute from home) for the first two years of college to be eligible for any CES money.
- After two years of living on campus or commuting from home, you may move off campus with CES support.
- What CES doesn’t cover
Your CES living allowance helps support off-campus rent, utilities, and meal costs during the period when you’re in classes and formally renting from a neutral third-party landlord. You are not eligible for living allowance funds if you are living with/renting from relatives. A meal allowance is provided for students in this situation.
To be considered a commuter, you must live with your parent/sponsor in their primary home within a 30-minute drive of campus.
If you earned CES Bonus Funds during your years at MHS, you can request up to $500 per term to buy school supplies or support other college-related costs.
Studying abroad can uniquely enrich your college experience. In some cases, CES funds may support your participation in a study abroad program.
For CES to support a term abroad, these conditions apply:
- Only one study abroad experience will be supported
- Study abroad experience must occur the second semester of sophomore year or later
- Minimum overall GPA is 2.50
- Study abroad program must be affiliated with your school so you can keep your financial aid
- Costs must be similar to your school’s standard tuition, fees, room, and board
- All credits must apply to your degree requirements
- During fall/spring terms, programs must be 12+ credits
- During summer/winter terms, programs must be 4+ weeks and 6+ credits
- Students on CES probation/suspension are not eligible
Other study abroad opportunities will be considered if the student meets the outlined criteria, the experience relates to the student’s major and/or career goals, and a longer experience is not feasible.
Study Abroad Approval Process
Complete all CES application steps on time.
Work with your school’s academic, financial aid, and student accounts offices on all details including admission, academics, passports, financial aid, payment deadlines, and more.
At least two months before the program begins, submit to GPS:
- General information about the program (destination, dates, program summary)
- Study abroad courses (with number of credits) that will all apply to your degree
- Program cost
- Your financial aid eligibility as a program participant
The CES program supports summer/winter classes offered during your college’s breaks as long as you have enough CES funds to cover the costs in addition to your standard term costs through the completion of your degree.
In order for CES to support summer/winter courses:
- You must be making successful academic progress.
- Your Higher Education Support Specialist must approve the courses.
- Requests must be submitted to your Higher Education Support Specialist by:
— Summer course(s) – April 1
– For Summer 2024, CES support for online course enrollment will be reviewed
on a case-by-case basis.
— Winter course(s) – Dec. 1
Submit the following items to GPS: After your term, submit your winter transcript to GPS for a review of your continuing CES eligibility.
CES Winter Term Process
Submit the following items to GPS:
After your term, submit your winter transcript to GPS for a review of your continuing CES eligibility.
CES Summer Term Process
If you plan to study at…
- Your main college:
- Apply for summer financial aid
- Submit the MHS Summer Release Form to your college’s financial aid office.
- A different college:
No MHS Summer Release Form is required. Instead, submit proof of preapproval of transfer credits to GPS showing that your main college will accept all credits you take at the “host” school toward graduation. Talk to your Registrar’s Office if you need help getting this approval.
Submit the following items to GPS:
- Class schedule
- Off-campus students only: Apartment lease signed by you and your landlord
After your term, submit your summer transcript to GPS for a review of your continuing CES eligibility.