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    Columbia College
   
 
  Oct 17, 2017
 
 
    
Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Financial Aid



Columbia College’s financial aid program exists to make education affordable for all students who qualify. The College believes that if students desire to attend college they should not be prevented from doing so simply because they lack sufficient funds. Financial aid is not intended to cover all student expenses. While the primary financial responsibility for education rests with the students and their families, Columbia College is committed to helping students bridge the gap between the cost of a college education and what the student can afford to pay.

Financial aid is monetary assistance to help the student meet the expenses of attending college. Aid may be in the form of grants, student employment, loans, scholarships, types of outside assistance, or a combination thereof.

Determination of Federal Financial Aid Award

Financial need for federal and state aid is determined in the following manner:

Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance for Graduate Students (based on full-time enrollment):

  1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,275 8,550 12,825
Books 310.50 621 931.50
Room & Board 3,872 7,744 11,616
Transportation 1,312 2,624 3,936
Personal 2,128 4,256 6,384
Loan Fees 64 128 192
Cost of Attendance 11961.50 23,923 35,884.50

 

Cost of Attendance for Graduate *Military Students (based on full-time enrollment):

  1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,275 8,550 12,825
Books 310.50 621 931.50
Room & Board 1,008 2,016 3,024
Transportation 1,312 2,624 3,936
Personal 2,128 4,256 6,384
Loan Fees 64 128 192
Cost of Attendance 9,097.50 18,195 27,292.50

*For students living in housing on a military base or housing for which they receive a basic allowance, the room and board cost of attendance component may include an allowance for board only.

Cost of Attendance for Post-Baccalaureate Students (based on full-time enrollment):

  1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 3,420 6,840 10,260
Books 621 1,242 1,863
Room & Board 3,872 7,744 11,616
Transportation 1,312 2,624 3,936
Personal 2,128 4,256 6,384
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 11,369 22,738 34,107

 

Cost of Attendance for *Military Post-Baccalaureate Students (based on full-time enrollment):

  1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 3,420 6,840 10,260
Books 621 1,242 1,863
Room & Board 1,008 2,016 3,024
Transportation 1,312 2,624 3,936
Personal 2,128 4,256 6,384
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 8,505 17,010 25,515

*For students living in housing on a military base or housing for which they receive a basic allowance, the room and board cost of attendance component may include an allowance for board only.

Cost of Attendance: Estimated allowances for tuition, books, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Cap on amount of aid (from any source) that a student can receive.

Financial need: Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Unmet need: Cost of Attendance minus EFC minus awarded aid.

Unmet cost: Cost of Attendance minus aid awarded.

Once the EFC and financial need have been determined, the student’s information is reviewed. The student is offered an aid package that may consist of grants, scholarships, outside assistance, loans and/or Federal Work-Study. A federal aid recipient’s aid package may not exceed Cost of Attendance.

Students are responsible for reporting to the Financial Aid Office all assistance received from outside sources, as federal law requires that all outside assistance be considered as a part of the financial aid package. These types of assistance include such aid as Veteran’s Benefits, outside scholarships, military or corporate tuition assistance, vocational rehabilitation or other state aid. Federal guidelines require that a student not exceed the cost of attendance in the amount of aid they receive.

A student’s loan amount is determined as a part of the aid package. A student’s loan eligibility is based on factors that include annual loan limits, unmet need, and federal aggregate limits. In addition, if a student has less than an academic year remaining in the degree program, the loan is prorated, per federal guidelines.

A student who completes the academic requirements for a program but does not yet have the degree is not eligible for further federal aid for that program.

Direct Loan Annual Limits

Dependent Student Subsidized Total (Subsidized & Unsubsidized)
Post-Baccalaureate $5,500 $5,500
Independent Undergraduate
*Includes dependents with a Parent PLUS loan denial
Subsidized Total (Subsidized & Unsubsidized)
Post-Baccalaureate $5,500 $12,500
Graduate $8,500 $20,500
Graduate PLUS See Types of Graduate Aid   See Types of Graduate Aid  
Aggregate Limits (Lifetime limit) Subsidized Total (Subsidized & Unsubsidized)
Dependent Undergraduate $23,000 $31,000
Independent Undergraduate $23,000 $57,500
Graduate n/a $138,500

Notification of Financial Aid Status and Awards

College e-mail addresses are assigned to all Columbia College applicants (see Resources ). The Financial Aid Office corresponds with students primarily via e-mail regarding the status of their financial aid application and notification of financial aid estimated awards. Correspondence sent via e-mail is not sent via postal mail. Students should check their College e-mail on a regular basis and are responsible for information sent even when school is not in session.

Students may access their financial aid award estimate(s) through the CougarTrack link on Columbia College’s website. The financial aid electronic award notifications and associated links in the notification discuss eligibility requirements and other important information. Students should carefully review their electronic award notifications and are responsible to read and understand all included information. Students should accept or decline the aid that is offered to them through the electronic award notification process. Students must provide documentation if they are receiving an outside form of financial assistance not listed in the award notification.

Attendance

Financial aid is awarded to a student with the expectation that the student will attend school for the period for which the assistance is awarded. If a student does not begin attendance in all of his or her classes, the aid must be recalculated based on the actual attendance. Students who are not in attendance for the courses in which they enrolled are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Aid Disbursement

A student’s financial aid (except Federal Work-Study) is credited directly to his/her student account and applied to tuition and fees each semester/session. Aid funds are credited for other charges with authorization from the student through the electronic award notification process. Federal Work-Study funds are paid in the form of a biweekly paycheck to the student. Funds are paid for authorized hours worked.

When a student registers for courses, he/she may deduct the amount of aid that has been awarded (except Federal Work-Study) from what is owed to the college. If a student’s financial aid awards exceed his/her charges, the student will receive a refund. Estimated refund dates are posted on the Enrollment Service Center’s website under “Financial Aid Disbursements & Refunds.” Refunds are either mailed to the student at his/her home address or sent electronically to the student’s bank account (for student who elect the direct deposit option through their ePayment account.) A student may use excess financial aid prior to the start of a term to purchase books by using a book voucher. Students eligible for a book voucher should contact their local campus or the Enrollment Service Center for more information.

To assist with expenses associated with attending Columbia College, students often receive funds from multiple sources that are to be used specifically (exclusively) for tuition. Funding beyond 100% of the tuition cost will not be returned to the student or applied to other expenses. These sources include, but are not limited to military/corporate tuition assistance, VA Education Benefits, MyCAA, institutional aid, endowed aid and Employee Educational Grant (EEG)/Employee Graduate Educational Grant (GEG). The College will apply the non-institutional tuition-only funding sources first. Any excess funds remaining, after 100% of the tuition is paid, will be returned to the funding source and not the student.

Teacher Certification Post Baccalaureate

Master of Arts in Teaching Post-Baccalaureate or Alternative Certification

Master of Arts in Teaching Post-Baccalaureate program (MAT.PB) and Master of Arts in Teaching Alternative Certification (MAT.AC) are programs for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are pursuing teacher certification. MAT.PB students are considered to be undergraduate students for federal financial aid purposes and therefore can be reviewed for the Pell Grant, Direct Subsidized loans and Direct Unsubsidized loans.  To be reviewed for federal aid, students must complete the following items:

  1. Be admitted to the MAT.PB or MAT.AC program.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and answer the following questions as indicated below:
    1. Question 29, “What will be your grade level be when you begin college in the 2017-2018 school year?” will need to be answered “5th year/other/undergraduate.”
    2. Question 30, “What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin college in the 2017-2018 school year?” will need to be answered “Teaching credential (non-degree program).”
    3. Question 48, “At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, Ph.D., Ed.D., graduate certificate, etc.)? will need to be answered “No” for not working on a master’s program.
  3. Have a list of required courses for completion of teacher certification submitted from Columbia College’s Education Office at Main Campus to Financial Aid.

Teacher Certification student may only take courses that are on the list of classes from the Education Office while receiving financial aid. Enrolling in a course that is not on the list will affect the student’s financial aid.

Post-Baccalaureate

Post-baccalaureate programs at Columbia College are programs for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree but must complete undergraduate prerequisite course work before being fully admitted to the master’s program of their choice. Federal financial aid regulations require that the Financial Aid Office differentiate these students from fully admitted masters students when awarding aid. While post-baccalaureate students are not considered degree seeking, they do have eligibility for some types of aid. The student’s direct loan eligibility begins at the time of enrollment in the first post-baccalaureate course. From the beginning of direct loan eligibility, a post-baccalaureate student has 12 months to complete all required post-baccalaureate courses. Post-baccalaureate students are considered to be undergraduate students for federal financial aid purposes; these students also must complete additional items listed below:

  1. Be fully admitted to a post-baccalaureate program.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must answer the following questions as indicated below:
    1. Question 29, “What will be your grade level be when you begin college in the 2017-2018 school year?” will need to be answered “5th year other/undergraduate.”
    2. Question 30, “What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin college in the 2017-2018 school year?” will need to be answered “other/undecided.”
    3. Question 48, “At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, will you be working on a Master’s or Doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, Ph.D., Ed.D., graduate certificate, etc.)? will need to be answered “no” for not working on a master’s program.

Once the 12 month period of time is over, a student must be fully admitted into the graduate program in order to continue receiving federal aid. Once the student is fully admitted to the graduate program the student should update the answers on the FAFSA to reflect the following and notify the Financial Aid Office to have aid processed at graduate levels.

  1. Question 29, “What will be your grade level be when you begin college in the 2017-2018 school year?” will need to be answered “first year graduate/professional.”
  2. Question 30, “What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin college in the 2017-2018 school year?” will need to be answered “Graduate or professional degree.”
  3. Question 48, “At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, Ph.D., Ed.D., graduate certificate, etc.)? will need to be answered “yes” for working on a master’s program.

Students with questions about financial aid should call the Enrollment Service Center for assistance (573)875-7252. Additional financial aid information is available at: www.ccis.edu/financialaid.