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!
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.
Free Financial Aid Workshops
Don't leave college money on the table — get step-by-step guidance on filing the FAFSA. Let our trained coaches walk you through the process of applying for financial aid, from gathering paperwork to filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
A full-tuition scholarship for Columbus City Schools graduates
The Columbus Promise guarantees a scholarship to cover tuition, fees, and up to $500/semester in other expenses at Columbus State Community College and offers special services and support to help students succeed and get good jobs. Students must complete the FAFSA, apply to Columbus State, complete a Columbus Promise application, and graduate from high school.
Full tuition scholarships
Choose Ohio First: 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. Learn More
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP): The Ohio LSAMP Alliance aims to double the number of underrepresented minority students earning bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Learn More
IT / Information Systems Technology
Full tuition scholarships
NSF S-STEM IST Scholarship: This new annual scholarship opportunity is for students entering one of six in-demand information technology fields. Learn More
Choose Ohio First Information Systems Technology Scholarship: The Choose Ohio First Information Systems Technology Scholarship Program is available to incoming students pursuing associate degrees in: Cybersecurity, Software Development, Network Administration, and Web Development. Learn More
Engineering Technology Scholarships
Full tuition scholarships
Choose Ohio First Engineering Technology Scholarship: We're offering a tuition assistance scholarship for students entering four in-demand engineering technology fields.
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.
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