College is possible. We promise.
The Columbus Promise
Free tuition plus $500/semester scholarship, and dedicated support so you can succeed
What has Columbus promised the 2022, 2023, and 2024 graduates of Columbus City Schools? If you promise to work hard, graduate from high school, and complete the FAFSA, we promise you can complete six semesters of college at Columbus State for free. And because we know there’s more to affording college than tuition, we’ll give you $500 per semester to help you pay for books, technology, or other life expenses.
The Columbus Promise is a joint initiative of the City of Columbus, Columbus City Schools, I Know I Can, and Columbus State Community College to boost college-going, student success, and social mobility for area students. We believe that without the worry of paying for tuition, and with your own dedicated advisor to help you access academic advising, career counseling, social and wellness opportunities, and essential support services, you can thrive in college and succeed in a well-paying, in-demand career of your choice.
The Columbus Promise program has doubled Columbus City Schools enrollment at Columbus State for our 2022-2023 academic year. Learn more.
The Columbus Promise Scholarship
Find out the requirements for earning and maintaining your Columbus Promise scholarship.
Make the most of our free career exploration and college readiness programs for high school students and incoming scholars.
Meet the team! We’re available by phone, email, virtual drop-in, and in person.
Incoming and current Columbus Promise Scholars, orient yourself to Columbus Promise and Columbus State.
Accept Your Columbus Promise
- Apply to Columbus State
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Columbus State's FAFSA School Code is 006867)
- Complete The Columbus Promise application
Take your next steps toward Columbus State
- Access your Columbus State email. We'll send instructions to the email address we have on file.
- Connect with your Columbus Promise Advisor. They’ll reach out to you directly.
- Register for Orientation so you can learn all things Columbus State, register for classes, and hit the ground running this fall!
The Smart Choice
At Columbus State, we believe there’s a smarter way to move from high school to college to career for people who want more – and more affordable – options than the traditional four-year path. If your goal is to get the education and training you need for a good-paying job in an in-demand field as soon as possible, we offer two-year associate degrees that will prepare you to get hired in one of Columbus’ top industries. If your goal is a bachelor’s degree, we offer two-year associate degrees designed to help you transfer to a four-year university for half the usual cost. Our Preferred Pathway partners guarantee admission to Columbus State grads.
Like all Columbus State students, you will have over 150 areas of study to choose from. You’ll also benefit from Columbus State’s small class sizes, instructors who put teaching first, and ample in-person and online tutoring options.