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Class Selection and Financial Aid Eligibility

Eligible Coursework for Aid

How do I remain eligible for financial aid and in compliance for financial aid at Columbus State Community College?

Federal Financial Aid regulations require each course a student is registered for be part of the student's Plan of Study in order for that course to be counted as "Federal Student Aid Eligible."

Federal Student Aid eligibility calculation cannot include classes that do not count toward the student's degree or certificate.

Types of Federal Student Aid Affected By These Requirements (+ / -)

Federal Pell Grant

Award will be pro-rated based on enrollment. To receive maximum amount must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 eligible hours per semester - may enroll in fewer hours and still be eligible for award.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Student must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 eligible credit hours per semester to be eligible for award - amount does not pro-rate.

Federal Direct Student Loans

Student must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 eligible credit hours per semester to be eligible for award - amount does not pro-rate.

Federal Work Study

Student must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 eligible credit hours per semester to be eligible for award - amount does not pro-rate.

Determining courses for intended degree and/or certificate program

Columbus State utilizes a degree audit system to compare a student's academic coursework against a program's requirements - degrees and certificates. Columbus State's software system is called Degree Audit Reporting System or DARS.

To access the system, log into CougarWeb. Under "Academic Profile" click on "My Degree Audit." There will be a prompt for an additional log in. Use the same username and password that was used to log in to CougarWeb.

For more information, meet with your Academic Advisor or visit Student Central, located in the Upper Level of Madison Hall, or visit Student Services in Moeller Hall on the Delaware Campus.