How do I apply for Financial Aid?

If you accept private scholarships or grants, you need to send copies of the scholarship notification to the Office of Financial Aid so that those awards can be added to the aid award letter.

1. Apply for Admission

Before your financial aid can be processed, you'll have to apply for admissions. Creating an account is simple and straightforward. You can always take a break and come back to your online application.

2. Complete the FAFSA

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. The priority deadline is June 30th. Keep in mind that all South Carolina residents must complete the FAFSA no later than June 30th to qualify for the South Carolina Tuition Grant.

Columbia College FAFSA CODE: 003430

3. Receive your official award

If you need to make any changes to your award, you must return a signed copy to the Office of Financial Aid.

Requirements to Maintain Awards

Your financial aid is awarded contingent on your maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress. Undergraduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have passed sixty-seven percent (67%) of all attempted hours to retain their financial aid eligibility for the following academic term. Additional information can be found in any of our academic bulletins.

For SC Tuition Grant, full-time students must earn twenty-four (24) credit hours per year. For LIFE Scholarship, full-time students must earn thirty (30) non-remedial semester credit hours per year and enroll in twelve (12) non-remedial hours each semester. You must complete thirty (30) non-remedial hours for a rising sophomore, sixty (60) non-remedial hours for a rising junior, and ninety (90) non-remedial hours for a rising senior and meet the state GPA requirement.

Please note: 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.