Parent financial aid checklist

We are here to assist you and your student through the process. Use this checklist as a guide.


  • Ensure your student submits his or her official high school transcripts and/or official college transcripts.
  • Have your student activate his or her Cougar email account as soon as possible. This is our official means of communication with students.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid using FAFSA school code 002456.
  • Submit scholarship applications.


  • Make sure the FAFSA has been accepted and that you’ve had results sent to Columbia College using school code 002456.
  • If the FAFSA was selected for verification, make sure your student submits necessary forms early to complete the process.
  • Have your student check his or her award letter and submit it to complete the process.
  • Make sure  your student attends a Registration Day to get enrolled in classes for the fall. 


  • Apply for Access Missouri by February 1, the priority deadline for Missouri residents, if applicable.
  • If your student is taking out loans, make sure he or she completes Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling.
  • Apply for Parent PLUS loan if additional funding is needed.
  • Be prepared to make the first payment to hold registration.