Debt-free degrees are our specialty. Columbus State's Financial Aid office is here to help students just like you earn a high-quality college degree for an affordable price. Through scholarships, federal aid, work-study, grants, loans and other sources of aid, the majority of our students take on zero debt in a year.
There are lots of resources on this page to help you navigate financial aid. And if you want to talk with a member of our team, you can make an appointment, or email, call or chat with us at any time. So, let's get started!
- December 3: Priority deadline for filing your FAFSA for Spring 2022
- December 17: Priority deadline to submit follow-up documents to your FAFSA
- October 15 – November 30: Spring scholarship application period
It Starts with the FAFSA
Applying for financial aid starts with the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The FAFSA will determine your access to federal grants (which don’t need to be paid back), fedral loans (which must be repaid) and other types of aid such as scholarships and state grants.
The FAFSA can seem daunting, but we’re here to help you through the process. We'll keep you up on deadlines and show you what you need to prepare. If you need hands-on help, don't hesitate to contact us or sign up for a FAFSA Workshop.
File your FAFSA First: The sooner you file your FAFSA, the quicker you can get your financial aid offer. It’s also good to have extra time in case you need to send in extra paperwork to Columbus State.
Columbus State offers hundreds of scholarships funded by private donors, businesses, and foundations that want to help students like you pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships are money you don't have to pay back.
Afraid you won't qualify? Take another look. We offer scholarships for specific majors or for students in specific circumstances. And using our combined scholarship system, you can apply for several scholarships using a single application.
Scholarships do have specific deadlines and requirements, so we urge you to get your applications in soon!
Choose Ohio First (STEMM and IT Majors)
Full tuition for two years
Associate of Science majors with plans to transfer on to complete a STEM-related bachelor’s degree and students in Systems Technology may qualify for this full-tuition scholarship. The FSO scholarship pays for an associate degree at Columbus State and makes recipients eligible to apply for an additional FSO scholarship when they transfer to a four-year institution.
The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)
$5,500 National Ambassadors Scholarship
The HCOP scholarship is open to students in the Health and Allied Health professions degree. This one-time award scholarship provides academic support to students who are seeking an associate degree (A.A.S. or A.T.S.) to enter the workforce, transfer toward a bachelor's degree, or both.
$1000 For Current Year High school graduates
This scholarship is available to to current year Graduating seniors who earned at least two Columbus State College Credit Plus (CCP) credits during their senior year and register for full-time enrollment beginning Autumn Semester. Eligible students will automatically receive this award.
Honors Program Scholarship
Up to $2,000 per year
Columbus State's Honors Program gives high-achieving students in any program of study the opportunity to join a community of like-minded individuals who desire the benefits of a rigorous curriculum and heightened student and faculty interaction. Students accepted into the Honors Program are eligible to receive a scholarship up to $2,000 per year.
Weiler Scholars Program
UP TO $1,500 PER ACADEMIC YEAR PLUS A $5,000 WEILER SCHOLARS ASSOCIATE DEGREE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP
The Weiler Scholars Program provides a unique combination of scholarship, mentorship, and support services to remove barriers to education and help our students succeed. With the support of the program, and other aid resources such as the federal Pell Grant, Weiler Scholars can earn their associate degree at Columbus State debt free! This program is for recent high school graduates who desire to earn an associate degree from Columbus State, then transfer on to earn a bachelor’s degree.
List of all active scholarships available here.
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