If you are a Day Campus or Evening Campus student at the Columbia Mo. campus, check with Registration and Financial Services at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7390 or (573) 875-7390. If you are from a nationwide/extended campus, check with the financial aid advisor at your campus.
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will give you an estimate of your federal aid eligibility. It will also give you an estimate of the cost of attending Columbia College.
Columbia College auto-packages student's aid. After Columbia College Financial Aid Office has received the student's FAFSA results, a financial aid "package" is automatically developed. An electronic award letter outlining the financial aid award will then be sent to the student within 24 hours if student is eligible to be awarded. If additional documentation is required to determine eligibility, a request for additional documentation is sent to student. Requests for additional documentation and notification of the award letter are sent to a student's CougarMail.
The marketing opt-out form allows a student to opt-out of the marketing for a specific financial aid award year. Opting out of the marketing campaign means that the student will not receive future financial aid marketing reminders regarding (via e-mail, postal mail, and phone) the deadlines, FAFSA completion, or loan certification information. Opting out does not mean that the student will no longer receive e-mails from financial aid. E-mails will continue to come as a result of processing responses and award changes. Opting out of marketing must be requested each individual year.
Marketing is done by the Financial Aid Office to help students meet deadlines and encourage students completing financial aid in a timely manner. Opting out of the marketing will keep the Financial Aid Office from sending student reminders. By opting out of the marketing a student takes on full responsibility of knowing financial aid deadlines and requirements.
Most of the financial aid forms are in a PDF format. To view this file type, you must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have it, you may download it for free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/
Adobe Reader is not opening in your Internet Browser. This is most likely due to your security settings for your browser. Right-click the link to the PDF file and select "Save As..." then save the file to your desktop or folder and then open it manually.
PDF forms marked with the icon may be submitted electronically at this time. If a form cannot be submitted electronically, please:
Print the documents and fill them out. Then you can mail, or fax them to Financial Aid. Our address is 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, Missouri 65216 and our fax number is 573-875-7452. You can also bring them in or scan and email them to FinancialAid@ccis.edu.
We are currently working on a document system that will allow this capability in the near future.
Graduation rate is the percentage of a school's first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. For example, for a four-year degree program, entering students who complete within six years are counted as graduates.
Retention rate is the percentage of a school's first-time, first-year undergraduate students who continue at that school the next year. For example, a student who studies full-time in the fall semester and keeps on studying in the program in the next fall semester is counted in this rate.
Transfer rate is the percentage of a school's first-time, first-year undergraduate students who transfer to another college within 150% of the published time for the program. For example, a student who is in a four-year degree program is counted as a transfer if the student goes to another college within six years.
The Department of Education's Glossary is a helpful resource to learn and understand federal aid terminology.
The general turn-around-time for processing financial aid documents submitted to Columbia College is normally 10 business days. This time will likely increase during peak times, such as the beginning of a new school year, or decrease during periods of lower volume. Students are encouraged to submit documentation as early as possible. Additional supporting documentation may be required after the initial review.
The cost of attendance for a student is an estimate of that student's educational expenses for the period of enrollment. See our cost of attendance
Origination fees are a percentage fee associated with federal loans that are between 1-4%. Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans have a 1.0% origination. The Federal Direct PLUS Loan has a 4% origination.
Effective July 1, 2010 the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) implemented a change that affects military students. Specifically, the HEOA, section 471 HEA Section 472(3) states:
The HEOA specifies that, for students living in housing located on a military base or housing for which they receive a basic allowance under Title 37 of the U.S.C - Pay and Allowances of the Uniformed Services, the room and board allowance shall include an allowance based on the expenses reasonably incurred for board only.
Because the housing allowance is not required to be reported on the FAFSA, the housing allowance must be excluded as part of the cost of attendance. (The cost of attendance is an estimate of a student's educational expenses for the period of enrollment). All monies awarded (to include loans, grants, scholarships and military tuition assistance) cannot exceed the estimated cost of attendance for a session. Effectively, the removal of your BAH lowers a student's cost of attendance figure.
Please send a request to have your cost of attendance reviewed for adjustment. Be sure to provide the reason you are no longer receiving a military housing allowance along with this written request. All requests should be sent to FinancialAid@ccis.edu