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Student Central

Student Central, located on the upper level of Madison Hall, is the place to stop for guidance and assistance you need to be a successful student. The Student Services Specialists at Student Central are well versed in every area of Columbus State and will work closely with you to find answers and connect you to the resources you need.

Visit Student Central for help with:

  • Financial Aid
  • Registration
  • Student Records
  • CougarID Cards
  • Assisted Computer Lab - Get help with the FAFSA, scheduling classes, CougarWeb, Admissions Application, etc.
  • Computer Lab – Home to various student workshops: New Student Workshops, FAFSA Workshops, BluePrint Workshops, and more
  • Ohio Residency - Update Residency status for in-state tuition billing purposes.
  • Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services - Meet with a case worker for help completing Medicaid, food assistance and other benefits applications and redeterminations, complete updates and case changes, get answers to questions and concerns, and receive referrals to community resources. Walk-in hours Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-12:00pm & 12:30pm-3:30pm. Friday 9:30am-12:00pm & 12:30pm-3:30pm.


Be sure to register for classes before they start! Columbus State does not allow late registration, but we do offer courses that begin later in the semester. Read more about registration deadlines.

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Student Central Map

Madison Hall, Upper Level
518 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

Driving Directions

Student Central Service Hours

8:00 am-5:00 pm
8:00 am-5:00 pm
8:00 am-6:00 pm
8:00 am-5:00 pm
9:30 am-4:30 pm
9:00 am-12:00 pm
*Upcoming Saturday Dates - February 23, March 30, April 27


Cougar ID Cards


To obtain a Cougar ID Card, students must bring a valid government issued ID (such as Drivers License, State issued ID card, green card, passport, or current US Military ID) to one of the following locations.

Columbus Campus - Student Central, lower level of Madison Hall

Delaware Campus - Business Services Office, first floor of Moeller Hall

Replacement student ID cards can be purchased for $4 in the Cashier's Office, and by bringing the paid receipt and secondary ID to the lower level of Madison Hall.

To update current ID cards, once enrollment and fee payments have been verified, a validation ID sticker can be obtained in Student Central (in the lower and upper levels). This card will help the college better serve you as a customer and will allow you access to certain buildings and labs, equipment and recreational facilities, library privileges, and use of the many services we offer at Columbus State.


New, replacement, or lost employee ID cards can be obtained on the lower level of Madison Hall. If we are closed, see Student Central staff located on the upper level of Madison Hall. If available, staff will process an ID.

Staff: Must bring a valid government issued ID.

Faculty: Must bring a valid government issued ID and be scheduled to teach a current or upcoming semester course.

Cougar ID Hours

8:00am-10:00am & 3:00pm-5:00pm
8:00am-10:00am & 3:00pm-5:00pm
8:00am-10:00am & 4:00pm-6:00pm
8:00am-10:00am & 3:00pm-5:00pm
11:00 am-1:00 pm
9:00 am-12:00 pm
*Upcoming Saturday Dates - February 23, March 30, April 27

Extended Hours

ID hours are extended to be open all day the week prior to the start of each semester and the first week of the start of the semester. Check the Student Central website during these times for specific hours.



Spring Semester

  • Registration begins October 15
  • FAFSA Deadline December 10
  • Fee Payment Deadline January 9
  • Classes begin January 14
  • Spring Semester ends May 11

    Summer Semester

  • Registration begins  February 18
  • FAFSA Deadline  April 22
  • Fee Payment Deadline  May 22
  • Classes begin  May 27
  • Spring Semester Ends  August 10

Please visit the Academic Calendar for additional dates and deadlines.