Permanent Residents, Refugees, & Asylees
Apply to Columbus State Community College using the standard application. Below are the admission procedures for immigrant, refugee, asylee, and any other students who have been granted permanent residency in the United States by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you have a pending immigrant petition or a visa petition with USCIS but have not yet been adjudicated, you should apply as a non-immigrant student and complete application as "Other Visa Holders."
Once you submit the "Standard Application" for admission, you will receive an email requesting that you provide a photocopy of the documentation verifying your immigration status in the United States (Permanent Resident/Green Card, I-94, stamp on passport, etc.). Submission instructions will be included in that email or see below for details.
- Students who are returning to Columbus State Community College after being previously accepted in the past, do not need to reapply. Please see Returning Students for more information.
Get Started Guide
Step 1: Apply
Complete the Columbus State Community College Application for Admission online.
Step 2: Submit Proof of Immigration Status or Lawful Presence
Submit a copy of the documentation verifying your current valid immigration status in the United States (both sides of Permanent Resident/Green Card, I-94, Employment Authorization Card, or Visa Stamp on passport, etc.) in a PDF format to email@example.com . Please print your full name and phone number on the documentation. Please allow 5 business days after you have submitted your supporting immigration documents for processing and admission. Upon admission, you will receive an acceptance email confirming your admission and informing you of your next steps.
Step 3: Placement
Once you have received your acceptance communication, placement is your next step. If you have college-ready ACT or SAT scores, or previous college credit (from an American institution), request that scores/official transcripts be sent to Columbus State.
If you do not have the above in Reading, Writing and/or Math, placement tests are REQUIRED so that you are placed in the correct classes for your first semester at Columbus State.
For students needing additional English language development, Columbus State offers ESL supported courses.
- Basic English as a Second Language Program (part-time, non-credit). Basic English courses are designed to improve the English language and literacy skills of students.
- High intermediate to advanced ESL courses (for college credit): Each intensive English course is one semester long and designed to prepare students for academic success. Students learn in a rigorous and dynamic environment to build strong reading and writing comprehension skills that they can use in the college and professional setting.
Step 4: Get Oriented & Register for Classes
We offer a variety of options to orient you to Columbus State and help you get off to a successful start. If you are currently in high school or you have graduated from high school in the last two years, you will need to register for classes at our New Student Orientation. All other students will register for classes at a New Student Workshop. Visit cscc.edu/orientation to learn more.
Step 5: Financial Aid - FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Applications must be completed online each academic year to be eligible for federal, state, or institutional student aid. Student Central offers student financial counseling, workshops, and assistance to help you pursue your educational goals.
Step 6: Pay Tuition & Fees
Fees cannot be paid until after you register for classes. For more information on fee payment Click here.
Step 5: Foreign Transcripts Evaluation
If you applied for Financial Aid and are selected for high school completion verification or if your program of study (such as Nursing) requires proof of high school graduation, click here. In order for Columbus State Community College to accept foreign transcripts, they must be sent to a professional foreign transcript evaluation company in the United States. If you wish to pursue the possibility of receiving transfer credit from any college or university outside the United States, please click here for more information.