Can Financial Aid Apply to Study Abroad?
What is Columbia College's federal school code?
Who do I call to check on my financial aid status?
If you are a Day Campus or Evening Campus student at the Columbia, Missouri campus, check with the Enrollment Service Center at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7252 or (573) 875-7252. If you are from a nationwide/extended campus, check with the financial aid advisor at your campus.
How can I get an estimate of my federal aid situation?
This Net Price Calculator will give you an estimate of your federal aid eligibility. It will also give you an estimate of the cost of attending Columbia College.
Can I opt-out of Columbia Colleges marketing campaign?
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.
Where can I find financial aid forms for students and/or parents?
Both student and parents forms can be found on the Financial Aid Forms webpage. Students will need to login to CougarTrack and select the correct academic year.
Why can't I open the financial aid forms listed under CougarTrack/Parent forms page?
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 from Adobe's website.
How do I submit the documents once I have them?
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.
Why can't I submit them all online?
We are currently working on a document system that will allow this capability in the near future.
My FAFSA on the Web Submission Confirmation page indicates graduation, retention, and transfer rates for Columbia College. How are these defined?
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.
How long will it take to process my financial aid document?
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.
What is the cost of attendance at Columbia College?
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 webpage.
What are Origination Fees?
Origination fees are a percentage fee deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement a student receives. Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans have a 1.066% origination fee. The Federal Direct PLUS Loan has a 4.264% origination fee.
Why is the cost of attendance lower for military students?
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.
I am not receiving a military housing allowance at this time. What should I do to have my cost of attendance adjusted?
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.