File Your FAFSA First!
You can file your FAFSA for the upcoming school year as early as October 1 of the previous year. Submitting your FAFSA early helps you meet deadlines and maximize your aid!
Attending Autumn Semester 2018, Spring and/or Summer Semester 2019?
Complete your 2018-19 FAFSA using 2016 tax information. Continue to check both your CSCC student email and Financial Aid Self-Service located on your CougarWeb account for required documents or your award letter!
The FAFSA deadline for the Autumn semester was 7/23/18, but if you act quickly, there may still be time to have your aid processed and awarded prior to the tuition and fee payment deadline Tuition and fees must be paid by Wednesday, August 22. If your financial aid is not awarded by this deadline, you should either pay your tuition and fees in full out of pocket, or sign up for a payment plan and pay the payment plan setup fee (see “Manage My Account” link in your CougarWeb account). See Tuition Payment Options link for full details.
Financial aid disbursement is ten days before the start of the semester.
IMPORTANT: Late Registration is ending! Starting Autumn Semester 2018, Columbus State will no longer allow students to register for a class after the first session meets. More Information
Beginning with the 2017-18 award year, students may be eligible to receive 150% of their scheduled Pell award for the award year. This provision is called "Year-Round Pell."
If you choose to attend Summer semester as well as Autumn and Spring semesters, you may be eligible for up to a total 150% of Pell Grant funding for the award year. If you enroll full time for Autumn, Spring and Summer semesters, the maximum 12 semesters of eligibility would be equal to approximately four years of enrollment or 600%. Continue to check your CSCC student email and visit Federal Pell Grants for more details.
Financial Aid Self-Service
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.
Financial Aid Quick Reference
Applying for Financial Aid can be intimidating, but we're here to help. Here's a quick overview of the process.
Step 1: Apply for Admission at Columbus State and fill out your FAFSA.
Step. 2: Complete your FAFSA (There may be some extra questions as you go through the process.
Step. 3: Review your financial aid award letter. Choose if you want to take out loans.
Step. 4: Receive Financial Aid
There are many options for paying for college, such as:
- Federal Work Study
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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