The Universities at Shady Grove’s Center for Student Engagement and Financial Resources (CSEF) is an onsite service center which provides a variety of personalized student services, tailored to meet the needs of each institutional partner.  CSEF provides a unique “one-stop-shopping” system with a single point of service for all in a wide variety of service areas, intended to support students through all stages of the “student life cycle”.  

CSEF Mission:

The overarching mission of the Center for Student Engagement and Financial Resources is to collaborate with our nine university partners and fellow USG departments to offer programming and services designed to enhance the overall educational experience of students in the areas of registration, student engagement and financial aid services. Our dedicated and professionally trained staff is committed to providing an environment that promotes safety and security, encourages growth and financial literacy, supports academic development, and fosters respect for people and differences. We do this through our communication, collaboration, and participation within the USG community.

Specific Program Missions:

Financial Aid and Scholarship Services

Our mission is to provide access and advisory services for financial resources and scholarships that will help students to achieve their educational goals. We are dedicated to promoting scholarship opportunities that assist in making education affordable while maintaining compliance with established regulations, policies, procedures, and ethical standards set forth by the partner institutions. In addition, through memberships in professional organizations and collaborations with home institutions, we foster financial literacy through outreach programs to the students at USG. 

Registration Services

Our mission is to provide students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders with accurate, necessary information and registrar services in support of USG and our partner institutions.  We strive to be responsible stewards of data in compliance with FERPA and institution standards.  These services include: Inter-Institution and CIPES registrations, processing add/drop requests, providing residency services, facilitating transcript transactions, producing USG ID cards, and other registrar services established with our partner institutions.

Student Engagement Services

Our mission is to work in collaboration with our partner institutions to enrich the student’s co-curricular experience while cultivating an active, enjoyable and culturally inclusive campus environment. This work is done by providing opportunities for incoming and current students to think critically and independently, foster meaningful interpersonal relationships, and develop into civic-minded and ethical leaders at USG.