Types of Financial Aid
At Columbus State, we make college education as accessible as possible. That includes having multiple sources of college funding and ways to pay for college. Check out the options below - they'll help you get to graduation with a minimum of debt.
We provide a number of scholarships funded by our generous donors. Scholarships are aimed at students from all majors and a variety of life backgrounds. You can apply for dozens of scholarships with one application, so we urge you to take a moment to check them out.
Grant programs provide funding to students that does not have to be repaid. You can access three large government-backed programs, the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and Ohio College Opportunity Grant by filling out the FAFSA. For many students, one of those programs will completely cover a year at Columbus State.
Student loans are an important source of funding for college, and many students use them to make ends meet while they're training for a new career. We have resources to help you get the maximum value out of your loans - and pay them off as soon as possible. (Hint: Try for subsidized loans - they don't charge interest while you're still in school)
Federal work-study jobs allow students to earn tuition by doing jobs on campus or out in the community. They're also a great way to get connected to the college and find mentors. To apply for federal work-study, fill out the FAFSA.
See Cashiers and Student Accounting for a variety of payment plans to make it easier to finance your education. You can find:
- Payment in Full
- Partial Payment
- Extended Payment Plan
- Payment Deferral
- Third-Party Sponsors