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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.

At Columbus State Community College we are dedicated to helping students navigate their financial aid options including any form of financial assistance that helps pay for college. Remember to always check both your student and personal email for further notification about the status of your Financial Aid.


Financial Literacy and Wellness Events:

Financial Literacy Join us for the next Financial Wellness event on November 15th:  Holiday Cooking, Spending and Security- Don't let your holiday spending get away from you. Sign up on the Columbus State Hub. Type "Financial Wellness" in the tool bar at the top of the page. 

Watch for announcements in the Campus Life student email and on the HUB for free events the College offers to help students learn effective money management strategies. These events help students learn about creating a budget, building good credit, debt management, student loan repayment, financial pitfalls, spending wisely, and other money management topics.

Check out our Financial Literacy Counseling Tutorials by clicking on the Financial Literacy icon! First time users will need to register for an account.


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 External 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


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 Checklist- Have These Documents On-Hand


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