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Financial Aid

Financial Aid TV

We're happy to announce the launch of Financial Aid Self-Service!

Located on your CougarWeb account, Self-Service displays a financial aid checklist that specifies all the steps, in their proper sequence, that students need to complete 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 you 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.


In addition to regularly scheduled Monday-Friday hours,
Student Central will be open on the following Saturdays:

Dates Hours
Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 27, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 24, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Summer 2017 Students:

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.

Attention: The scholarship application for SUMMER semester 2017 is now OPEN. The scholarship application will remain open until March 31, 2017. All previous scholarship applications have been archived and it is now time to update your scholarship applications for Summer 2017, Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018 scholarships.

Click here to complete the 2016-17 FAFSA now!
School Code is: 006867.
Deadline is 4/24/17

Verification paperwork deadline: 4/28/2017

***Data Retrieval Tool Information Update***

At this time the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is unavailable to FAFSA applicants through the remainder of this FAFSA cycle. Indications are the DRT may be reinstated at the beginning of the next FAFSA cycle in October of this year. 

Students and families should complete their FAFSA using their 2015 Federal Tax Return or 2015 Federal Tax Return transcripts. 

Continue to check your student email daily for correspondence from the Financial Aid department.



Autumn 2017 Students:

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

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 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