CNMI Scholarship Office open for full services

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(Press Release) — The CNMI Scholarship Office, or CSO, with the support of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov.  Arnold I. Palacios, and its board of directors, announce that it is now open for full services from Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays and austerity Fridays.

CSO Administrator Rose Pangelinan Camacho acknowledged that the last few months have been unprecedented, adding that there were many challenges for CSO to provide adequate services. She said CSO is now ready to continue to provide services for students with their higher education journeys and career goals.

“We are truly thankful to our parents and students for their patience and understanding of the delay of services during the shutdown. CSO will continue to provide college access programs to our students, efficiently and safely, while we maximize the efficacy of the mitigation efforts of social distancing,” said Administrator Camacho.

She said there will be some changes implemented to protect both CSO employees and scholarship recipients and parents in services.

“We ask for your continued patience as we all adapt and fully embrace new technological resources and utilize digital channels to interact on services instead of visiting our office. We are thankful that we can utilize such services to best serve you while keeping everyone safe.  We have an obligation to do our very best to serve you as we continue to respond with needed changes that allow us to better serve you, while keeping all involved in the process safe during the Covid-19 pandemic,” she added.

CSO announced the following changes in the delivery of services moving forward:

  • Electronic applications will still be utilized. Access is available annually beginning May 1 to July 1 for Fall term or October 15 to December 15 for Winter/Spring terms;
  • CSO will only accept electronic copies of all supporting documents in PDF format via email (electronic transcripts must be sent directly from your institutions only via Student National Clearing House, eSCRIP-SAVE or other hosts). For the few institutions that do not support electronic transcripts, please have your institution mail hard copies via USPS directly to CSO at the address below:

CNMI Scholarship Office

P.O Box 5729 CHRB Saipan

MP 96950

  • Virtual meetings via Zoom on appointment only, please send request to the addresses that apply below;
  • CSO will only accommodate curbside (in CSO Carport) drop off of supporting documents by appointment for our students in need of accommodations. Kindly wear a mask when interacting with our staff; and,
  • Student loan payment receipts must be sent via email; you may continue to make payments at the

CNMI Treasury Branch or mail your check directly to CSO at the address below.

Administrator Camacho said that prior to the shutdown, CSO was operating at about 80% electronically online in the processing of scholarship applications and conducting our compliance needs.

“Once again, CSO continues to ask for your patience, understanding, and cooperation as we prepare to fully transition to 100% electronic processing of all financial assistance, compliance, repayment, and collection services beginning academic year 2020-21.”

CSO will begin to utilize digital signatures via DocuSign for all documents requiring a recipient or prior recipient's signature.

“We will transition from the use of the memorandum of agreement to a contract that you may sign electronically. This will make it easier to send documents. Also, CSO will work with the Department of Finance to allow us to disburse all scholarships or loans via direct deposit or ACH for off-island and online students.  Lastly, our IT is currently working on a feature on our student portal that will enable students to upload their supporting documents, except for the electronic transcripts. These efforts are to efficiently streamline the application and disbursement process and keep everyone safe,” she added.

The following are CSO’ assigned employees and contact information:

Scholarships and Grants

Blair Palacios

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664-4750

Compliance, Repayment and Collections

Mildred Camacho

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664-4752

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Carmen Sablan

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664-4750

Board of Directors Secretary

Carmen Sablan

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664-4750

Vendors

Carmen Sablan

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664-4750

 

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