The Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to supporting students and their families through the financial aid process. More than 85 percent of our students do not pay full tuition, because they receive financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and/or student work. We recognize that every student and every family's financial situation is different. Columbia College is commited to looking at each student individually in order to offer the best financial aid package available. Click here to estimate your tuition or compare the value of Columbia College to other institutions.
Financial Aid Application
The process for attaining Financial Aid is the same for our Women's College, Evening College, and Graduate students. New and returning students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form will determine how much the family or student is expected to contribute to the educational costs for the academic year. It is a fair and equitable system of establishing how much aid each student needs. By completing the FAFSA, a student applies for federal, state, and institutional aid. The FAFSA or the Renewal FAFSA must be filed each year to apply or reapply for assistance for the upcoming academic year. The FAFSA is available at www.FAFSA.ed.gov.
The priority deadline for completion of the FAFSA is April 15, but students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as early as possible. Applications received after this date will be considered for aid as long as funds are available. All students are strongly urged to check with the Office of Financial Aid concerning questions related to the financial aid process. In addition, students are advised to check with local service clubs, churches, and employers about scholarships that might be offered. These scholarships often go unused.
Financial Aid Process
- New students must first apply for admission to Columbia College and be accepted.
- All students, new and returning, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. All South Carolina residents must complete the FAFSA no later than June 30 to qualify for the South Carolina Tuition Grant.
- In the event additional documentation is required, or errors were made on the FAFSA, students will receive notification of additional requirements.
- The student is awarded assistance and receives an official award notification from the Office of Financial Aid.
- The student must return the signed official award notification to the Office of Financial Aid only in the event any changes need to be made to the award, otherwise a signed copy is not required.
- Students who are eligible for educational benefits through the Veterans Administration or Vocational Rehabilitation should apply directly to these agencies and inform the Office of Financial Aid.
- Students receiving private scholarships or grants should send copies of the scholarship notification to the Office of Financial Aid so that those awards can be added the aid award letter.
Click on the links below to learn more about available financial aid.
- First Year Scholarships- Women's College
- Transfer Scholarships and Grants- Women's College
- United Methodist Church Matching Scholarships
- Student Employment / Apply
- Tuition Payment Plans