Apply for Financial Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your key to a variety of student aid programs. When you complete the FAFSA, it helps the college to determine your eligibility for federal and state grants, scholarships, federal work study, and federal student loans.
In a nutshell: You'll log in to FAFSA.gov, create an account, enter all requested information, and be sure to sign and submit your application. If you are a dependent student, one of your parents will need to complete the parent section and sign the application. Once you complete the FAFSA, your information will be sent to CSCC for packaging of aid. You can track your aid status by logging into CougarWeb and follow the Financial Aid Checklist.
Before You Start:
- Columbus State's FAFSA School Code is 006867
- Download the FAFSA App!
- Plan to attend summer classes? Make sure you have financial aid for Summer Semester.
Which FAFSA Should You Complete?
If you are attending Summer 2022
- Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA
- Use 2019 Income
- 21-22 FAFSA Priority Filing Deadline for Summer 2022: April 15
- 21-22 Documentation submission priority deadline for Summer 2022: April 29
If you are attending Autumn 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023
- Complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA
- Use 2020 Income
- 22-23 FAFSA Priority Filing Deadline for Autumn 2022: July 15
- 22-23 Documentation submission priority deadline for Autumn 2022: July 29
Specific, step-by-step instructions are available online at FAFSA.gov's Filling Out the FAFSA Form webpage. In general, follow these few steps:
- The FAFSA involves filling in your household income information and then seeing what you qualify for. Make sure you have all documents on hand.
- Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password. Create an FSA ID now
- To ensure Columbus State receives your FAFSA information, include our school code, 006867, in the ‘School Section’ of the FAFSA.
- Make sure you complete the correct academic year and take your time. Mistakes made on the FAFSA can reduce the amount of financial aid you receive and delay the process.
Once you have completed the FAFSA and have been admitted to Columbus State, the next step is to ensure that your financial aid application is complete.
In some cases you may have to provide additional information on the FAFSA or submit documentation to Columbus State - be sure to check both your student and personal email frequently. Respond to any requests for additional information quickly!
- Messages from FAFSA.gov are viewed within FAFSA.gov - be sure to log in often to check for updates.
- Messages from Columbus State will come to your Columbus State email.
Once your financial aid application is complete, you will receive an email that your Offer Letter is available. The Offer Letter details what kind of financial aid you qualify for.
Log into your CougarWeb account, click on "Financial Aid Self Service" and then view the "My Awards" link to review
your Offer Letter.
- Summer Financial Aid: If you plan to attend the Summer semester and do not see aid listed for that term, please click on "Summer Financial Aid" link for additional information.
- Review your awards carefully. If you are awarded loans, you will need to accept or decline them. You can make adjustments to the amounts also. More on Loans
- If this is your first time taking out student loans with Columbus State, you will need to complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling. Complete your Master Promissory Note at https://studentaid.gov/.