Applying for federal aid for college just got easier with Columbia College

We'll walk you through the financial aid process. Federal financial aid includes need-based grants, low-interest loans and Work-Study opportunities. Apply online through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Columbia College's school code is 002456.

Learn more about applying for federal financial aid. View all financial aid videos.

You may apply for the FAFSA as early as October 1 of the year before you plan to attend college.

  • For those applying for the 2023-2024 academic year (August 2023-July 2024), the FAFSA was made available October 1, 2022.
  • For those applying for the 2024-2025 academic year (August 2024-July 2025), the FAFSA will be available December 2023.


You must meet eligibility guidelines in order to receive federal financial aid. Some students may be asked to further verify information on their FAFSA form.

Be sure to activate your myPortal account and monitor CougarMail on a regular basis. The Columbia College Financial Aid Office will use your Columbia College email address to update you about the status of your application. The office will also use it to inform you about upcoming deadlines and more.

Applying for FAFSA in five steps

  1. Apply

    Complete an application for admission to the college and submit it to the Admissions Office (applies to first-time students only).

  2. Accept student eConsent

    In order to view your and manage your account information in an online format, you must provide eConsent.

  3. Complete your FAFSA

    Fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible so you meet priority deadlines.

  4. Check CougarMail

    Check your Columbia College email for updates.

  5. Additional loan requirements

    If you are taking out federal loans, you must also complete

    Note: Students must apply for financial aid each year.


Financial aid puts college within reach

A private education is more affordable than you think. Take the first step by applying to Columbia College.

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