CSSAC Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee

CSSAC Employee Grant Application Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How many times can I apply for the grant?

A. There is no limit to the number of times someone can apply.

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Q. If there are multiple members in a family how many can apply for that family?

A. There is no limit to the number of family members who can apply.

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Q. If I received a grant in the past, will this hinder me from receiving a future grant?

A. Whether or not an applicant received a CSSAC grant in previous years may or may not be a factor.

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Q. Can this grant be used for Ivy Tech?

A. No, it can only be used for Purdue, West Lafayette courses.

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Q. Should the letter of recommendation be a hard copy or an email?

 

A. The recommendation needs to be in hard copy format.

 

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Q. Where is the grant application information published?

A. It is published in Inside Purdue, Purdue Today, CSSAC website.

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Q. When will a letter be sent to the applicants to state whether they were chosen for a grant or not?

A. Letters are mailed to all applicants in July.

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Q. When can applicants apply for the CSSAC grant?

A. The application period is from approximately February 1 through March 1 of each year.

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Q. When does aid get applied?

A. Aid is applied at the start of each semester.

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Q. How is aid applied?

A. Aid is applied by the Bursars Office.

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Q. Can the grant be applied to the spring semester, if the fall semester was deferred?

A. Grant monies, if awarded, will only be applied to a semester in which classes are taken.

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Q. If I want to take classes in the spring but not in the fall, can I still apply for the grant?

A. Yes, but you will only receive monies for the semester in which you take classes.

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Q. Do employee grants only apply to employees who currently do not hold a higher degree?

A. Whether or not an employee currently holds a degree is not considered in the application process

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Q. I am a part-time employee with benefits. Can I still apply for the grant?

A. Only full time employees may apply. The benefit package is not a factor when determining eligibility.

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Q. When is the deadline for application submission?

A. The deadline is March 1 of each year.

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Q. How do I apply?

A. Applications are available each year in the January edition of Inside Purdue, and are also available on the CSSAC web site.

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Q. Can this grant be used for professional development seminars?

A. No, it can only be used for Purdue, West Lafayette courses.

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Q. How many grants are given each year?

A. Approximately 40+ dependent grants and 25+ employee grants are awarded each year.

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Q. What do I need to submit with my application for an employee grant?

A. A goal statement and letter of recommendation are required with the employee application.

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Q. Who does my letter of recommendation have to come from?

A. A letter of recommendation must come from the following: Supervisor, Director, Dept. Head, Dean, Past Professor, or Teacher/Instructor.

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Q. How long does an employee have to work at the university to be eligible for the employee grant?

A. The employee must be employed as a regular, full-time for at least one continuous year.

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Q. How many credit hours must an employee take to qualify for eligibility?

A. An employee must be registered for 3 credit hours.

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Q. Do I need to send transcripts with the application?

A. No transcripts are needed for this process.

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Q. Registration begins after the application process. Can I still apply for the grant?

A. Yes. CSSAC will verify with the Bursar’s office whether or not a dependent has applied and been accepted to Purdue.

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Q. What must my goal statement contain?

A. A goal statement must state past goals met and future goals both professional and educational.

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Q. Can an employee attend graduate school and still apply for the grant?

A. The employee can take undergraduate or graduate courses.

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Q. What happens in the event that a recipient fails to register, drops out of school or changes from full-time to a part-time student?

A. The award is forfeited by the recipient.

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