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What’s Covered

CES Helps Cover Basic Undergraduate Costs

  • Tuition (12-18 undergraduate in-classroom 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

Moving Off Campus

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.

School Supplies

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. 

Study Abroad

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 with sufficient CES funds can be awarded an airfare allowance (maximum of $1,400) to help with flight costs
  • 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

Step 1

Complete all CES application steps on time.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Summer/Winter Courses

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:

CES Winter Term Process

Step 1

Complete this survey and communicate with your Higher Education Support Specialist to request winter CES support.

Step 2

Submit the following items to GPS:

  • Bill
  • Class schedule

Step 3

After your term, submit your winter transcript to GPS for a review of your continuing CES eligibility.

CES Summer Term Process

Step 1

Complete this survey and communicate with your Higher Education Support Specialist to request summer CES support.

Submit the following to GPS:

  • Current Degree Audit showing the courses you’ve already completed and the remaining courses you still need to take to finish your degree

Step 2

If you plan to study at…

  • Your main college:
    1. Apply for summer financial aid
    2. 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.

Step 3

Submit the following items to GPS:

  • Bill
  • Class schedule
  • Off-campus students only: Apartment lease signed by you and your landlord

Step 4

After your term, submit your summer transcript to GPS for a review of your continuing CES eligibility.

More Details About CES


Accessing Your CES

Follow the annual CES application steps and meet the standards to stay eligible throughout college.


Student Loans

To receive CES support, you must take out an annual student loan as an investment in your own education.

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