Transferring Financial Aid
If you are transferring to Columbus State to begin or continue working on one of our degree or certificate programs and would like to use federal student aid to assist with payment of your educational expenses, follow these steps:
- Complete the CSCC Admissions Application at www.cscc.edu.
- Contact the Financial Aid Office at your current school to cancel unused financial aid awards.
- Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to edit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You need to add Columbus State Community College to your application. By adding CSCC you will be authorizing the release of the results to us. You will be asked for our federal school code - 006867. The U.S. Department of Education will process this edit and send your FAFSA results to Columbus State.
- Once your information has been received and reviewed by Columbus State, you may receive a notification that we need additional documents from you and/or your parents, if you provided parental information on your application. It's important for you to continue to check your Columbus State student.cscc.edu email account for information and to review Financial Aid Self Service on your CougarWeb account.
- Upon determining all your information is correct, an award letter will be posted to your Financial Aid Self Service account. You will receive an email notifying you that the award information is available. (NOTE: Your financial aid eligibility at Columbus State may be affected by federal student aid funds received at other colleges during the same academic year.)
- Students who are awarded Direct loans may be required to complete the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note. Refer to the Checklist in Financial Aid Self Service. You may complete them at www.studentaid.gov.
Students with transfer credits from another college, please read:
The first time you apply for federal financial aid at CSCC your eligibility for aid here will be reviewed based on our SAP Policy standards. If you are a student with transfer credit, you may be assigned a suspension status as a result of this review. The suspension status is the result of the calculation of the time frame we determine for you to complete your declared major/certificate here at CSCC. As required by federal regulations, transfer credit must count as attempted credits toward your declared degree with CSCC. The 150% Max Suspension will restrict your use of federal funds to pay for school. However, you have the option to file a SAP Appeal for this circumstance. The SAP Appeal Form, along with an academic plan completed by you and your Academic Advisor indicating the number of credits needed to complete our degree/certificate here at Columbus State, will be reviewed on a case by case basis to override the suspension.
It is strongly recommended you contact Student Central on the Columbus Campus, Student Services on the Delaware Campus or call the Telephone Information Center at 614-287-5353 to speak to someone to determine how this may affect your financial aid.
If you are transferring out of Columbus State, please follow these steps to cancel unused federal student aid:
- Complete the CSCC Award Revision Form and submit it to Student Central on the Columbus Campus or Student Services on the Delaware Campus.
- If you borrowed Direct loans at any time during your attendance at Columbus State, you must complete Exit Counseling at www.studentaid.gov. This counseling session is designed to give you important information about loan terms and borrower repayment responsibilities and options.
- Contact the Financial Aid Office at your new school for information on their financial aid process. Financial aid awards do not transfer from school to school.
Transient Students: Many students take Columbus State classes while enrolled at another college, either to fulfill prerequisites or simply to earn their degree quicker.
Students visiting Columbus State for the summer semester, or any other semesters, may be able to receive various types of aid from their home institution by initiating a Consortium Agreement between the two institutions.
Your financial aid will be awarded and paid out by the institution from which you will receive your degree, also called the "home" institution. The “home” institution will process the agreement with the other school, called the “host” institution. CSCC never serves as the home institution. The purpose of a Consortium Agreement is to ensure disbursement of the proper amount of financial aid at your home institution based upon the total enrollment at both institutions.
1. Submit an application for admission to CSCC (If you have not done so already). Select "transient" as your program of study.
2. Speak to your Academic Advisor at your home school to ensure that the courses you wish to take at the host institution (CSCC) will transfer to your degree program. Complete the Consortium Agreement Form with your Advisor at your home school, including your advisor's signature, to verify the courses you wish to take are applicable to your degree program.
3. Complete the student section of the Consortium Agreement Form and be sure to sign the form. Read the form carefully as it contains important information.
4. Once you have completed the Consortium Agreement Form with your home school, with all the required signatures, you can register for classes at your host institution (CSCC).
5. Turn in the completed Consortium Agreement Form from your home school after you have registered for classes at CSCC. Email to email@example.com or fax to 614-287-3985.
In-person services are temporarily suspended at this time for Student Central, Madison Hall on the Columbus Campus and Student Services, Moeller Hall on the Delaware Campus of Columbus State.
6. CSCC will verify your enrollment and costs for the term, sign the form, and return the form to the financial aid office at your home school. Approximately one week after the form has been processed by CSCC, a copy will be emailed to your CSCC email account.
NOTE: Processing of the Consortium Agreement Forms by CSCC may take up to two weeks depending on the volume. It is important to plan enough time for all steps to be completed. Tuition and fees at CSCC are due by the fee payment deadlines.