What is Financial Aid?

Financial Aid is support you may qualify for to help pay for college. Aid can come in the form of scholarships and grants from Columbia College, the state of South Carolina, or the federal government as well as other federal assistance like loans, work-study, or veterans benefits. The starting point for all financial aid is to apply to Columbia College and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

1. Apply for Admission

Before your financial aid can be processed, you'll have to apply for admissions. Creating an account is easy and will allow you the option to save your application at any time and complete it at a later time.

2. Complete the FAFSA

File the FAFSA online. Undergraduate students, keep in mind that all South Carolina residents must complete the FAFSA no later than June 30th (of the year starting college) to qualify for the South Carolina Tuition Grant. 

The priority deadline for Undergraduate students is June 30th.

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.

NOTE: 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 your aid award letter.

Requirements to Maintain Awards

Undergraduate Students

Your financial aid is awarded contingent on your maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress.

  • Undergraduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • They must 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.

Graduate Students

Your financial aid is awarded contingent on your maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress as stated in the appropriate academic bulletin. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 and have passed sixty-seven percent (67%) of all attempted hours.