Applying for Financial Aid
Step Admissions application
Step Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Step Check the status of your financial aid
Step Applying for student loans online
Step Other requirements for aid eligibility
Applications for financial aid are accepted after January 1 of the year students plan to attend college. (i.e. FAFSA is available Jan 1, 2014 for those applying for the 2014-2015 academic year, which begins August 2014).
The general turnaround time for processing financial aid documents submitted to Columbia College is 10 business days. Turnaround time will likely increase during peak times, such as the beginning of a new school year. Students are encouraged to submit documentation as early as possible.
Student financial aid forms are available under the Financial section of CougarTrack.
Parent Financial Aid forms are also available. For more information, visit our FAQs page.
Complete an application for admission to the college and submit it with the one-time application fee to the Admissions Office. (Applies to first-time students only.)
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and indicate the Columbia College school code, 002456. Students can apply by accessing the FAFSA electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
If you complete a FAFSA application between January and June, there will be two FAFSA applications available for two different academic years. Be sure to complete the FAFSA application for the timeframe(s) you plan to attend. For assistance with completing the 2014-2015 FAFSA, please click here.
Columbia College's priority deadline for the 2014-2015 FAFSA is March 1, 2014.
The application deadline to submit the 2014-2015 FAFSA in order to be considered for Missouri state aid is April 1, 2014.
Check the status of your financial aid
Activate your CougarTrack account and monitor your CougarMail on a regular basis. The Financial Aid Office will use your Columbia College e-mail address as a primary communication method to inform you about the status of your financial aid application, upcoming deadlines and important dates. Correspondence sent through e-mail will not be sent via postal mail.
"My Documents", available through CougarTrack, will show what documents have been received and what documents are missing or incomplete. It may take 1 to 2 business days for a submitted document to be logged in.
Applying for student loans online
Student loan borrowers must complete three items in addition to their FAFSA to be eligible for student loans:
- Entrance Counseling
- Master Promissory Note
- Accept/decline/modify loans with the Electronic Award Letter, available through CougarTrack.
Find more information on federal student loans.
* Completion of Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note are required one time only as long as you stay at Columbia College and with the same lender.
Other eligibility requirements
These steps are not required for every student. You will be notified through CougarMail if these documents are needed.
Students must reapply each year for financial aid. See important dates for application deadlines.