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Assistance for utilities available ahead of winter

Student News | Monday, November 15, 2021

Columbus State students may be eligible for the Columbus State Community College CState Cares: Utilities Grant. It is funded by Franklin County and the U.S. Department of Treasury through the Emergency Rental Assistance program. That program assists eligible student households that cannot pay utilities due directly or indirectly to the pandemic.

This assistance is available to current students renting a residential dwelling, having a household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income, are unemployed, or have had a reduction in income related to the pandemic, and having a past due utility bill, and live in Franklin County. 

If you are a student who meets these qualifications, you should complete the CState Cares: Housing and Utilities Grant application at this link. Only completed applications will be reviewed. A completed application includes documentation of, or an attestation of income and change of income, and a copy of a past utility bill or statement that shows a name, account number, service address, and amount due.

Application reviews generally take five to seven days. You will be notified of the review’s outcome, and if approved, payment will be made directly to the Utility Service Provider.

Any questions can be directed by email to


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