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Financial Assistance

While attending college, you may face various financial barriers; here are some on-campus and off-campus resources to assist you with paying for college and living expenses.

Financial Aid office

The Financial Aid Office processes federal student aid (grants, loans, workstudy) as well as institutional scholarships for current and prospective Columbus State students. In any given academic term, close to two-thirds of Columbus State students receive financial aid or scholarships.

Federal Work Study / Student Jobs

Federal Work Study (FWS) provides eligible students the opportunity to obtain part-time employment on-campus or off-campus with one of many community partners. The earnings from these positions can help pay for a student’s educational expenses as well as provide valuable work experience. Students typically work between 12 and 15 hours per week and earn a range of pay rates commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Career Services

Career services are available to currently enrolled students who are undecided about their college major, need assistance with the student employment or need assistance with the job search process. Our staff will assist students with integrating their academic and life experiences with their career goals.

Scholarship Opportunities

Columbus State offers hundreds of scholarships each year, and many of them go unclaimed.

Off-Campus Grants and Scholarships


AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain new skills and experiences—and you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.