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Check your Financial Aid status on Financial Aid Self-Service!

Located on your CougarWeb account, Financial Aid Self-Service displays all of the steps, in their proper sequence, that students need to complete for the financial aid process.

At Columbus State Community College we are dedicated to helping students navigate their financial aid options including any form of financial assistance that helps pay for college. Remember to always check both your student and personal email for further notification about the status of your Financial Aid. Financial Aid Advisors are now available in Student Central, located in the upper level of Madison Hall.


Financial Literacy and Wellness Events:

Financial LiteracyAttend a Financial Literacy 101 seminar on September 6th or 7th.  R.S.V.P. at (choose "Events" then Financial Literacy 101").   

Watch for announcements in the Campus Life student email and on the HUB for free events the College offers to help students learn effective money management strategies. These events help students learn about creating a budget, building good credit, debt management, student loan repayment, financial pitfalls, spending wisely, and other money management topics.

Check out our Financial Literacy Counseling Tutorials by clicking on the Financial Literacy icon! First time users will need to register for an account.


Autumn 2017 Students:

First day for financial aid to be transmitted and applied toward tuition: August 18th, 2017

First day to purchase at the bookstore: August 22, 2017

Fee Payment Deadline:  Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Worried your Financial Aid will not be processed in time?  View Payment Deferral Information and Disbursement FAQ.




 FAFSA Information

Click here to complete the 2017-18 FAFSA now! Use 2015 tax information. School Code is: 006867. Priority Deadline is 7/24/17*

Priority Verification Deadline is 7/28/17*

*Submitting the FAFSA and/or Verification Materials after the priority deadline may jeopardize having your financial aid processed in time for fee payment for Autumn semester.
Check your Financial Aid Self-Service on CougarWeb for your most up to date status regarding the processing of your Financial Aid application. This includes your Financial Aid Award Letter showing your eligibility.


Scholarship Information: 

Check out our External Scholarships!  Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page!  Don't let this scholarship money go unclaimed! 


Are you registered for classes on your Plan of Study?

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.

Click here for more information.


FAFSA filing has changed!

Beginning October 1, 2016, the FAFSA process changed. Applicants now use their completed and filed Federal tax return from the prior-prior year to apply for the upcoming year.

If you are applying for Federal Aid for the 2017-18 school year (Autumn 2017-Summer 2018), you will use your filed Federal return from 2015.

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Financial Aid Fraud Notice

Columbus State Community College follows established guidelines for the prevention, identification of and response to indications of identity theft and financial aid fraud. This notice provides a summary of student rights, responsibilities and preventative measures regarding financial aid fraud. Fraud Notification