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
2017-2018 Financial Aid Update
Continue to check your Financial Aid Self-Service located on your CougarWeb account for your award letter and check out our Scholarships!
Attending Spring 2018? Make sure to complete the 2017-18 FAFSA using your 2015 tax return information.
Spring 2018 FAFSA Deadline: December 11, 2017
Spring 2018 Priority Verification Deadline: December 15, 2017
Spring Scholarship Deadline: November 19, 2017
2018-2019 Financial Aid Update
The 2018-19 FAFSA application is now OPEN for the Autumn 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 semesters.
1. Apply early: Complete the 2018-19 FAFSA using 2016 tax information
2. Pay close attention to various deadlines, and submit required documents as early as possible. Continue to check the Financial Aid homepage for updates
3. You can fill in FAFSA income information automatically using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The DRT saves time for families selected for verification making the process faster and easier.
FAFSA filing has changed!
Beginning October 1, 2016, the FAFSA process changed. Applicants now use their completed and filed Federal tax return from the prior-prior year to apply for the upcoming year.
If you are applying for Federal Aid for the 2017-18 school year (Autumn 2017-Summer 2018), you will use your filed Federal return from 2015.
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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