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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 
Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Types of Federal Financial Aid, State Financial Aid, Scholarships, Grants, Awards, Student Employment, Outside Sources 

Types of Federal Financial Aid, State Financial Aid, Scholarships, Grants, Awards, Student Employment, Outside Sources 

Types of Federal Financial Aid, State Financial Aid, Scholarships, Grants, Awards, Student Employment, Outside Sources 

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.

Notification of Financial Aid Status and Awards

College email addresses are assigned to all Columbia College applicants (see Resources ). The Financial Aid Office corresponds with students primarily via email 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 email 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.


Financial aid is awarded to a student with the expectation that the student attends 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 for each semester/session. For Day Campus students financial aid is also applied to housing costs each semester. 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. Funds are paid for authorized hours worked.

For Main Campus Evening and AHE Campuses the initial financial aid award is evenly distributed between four sessions. This distribution is based on the assumption that the recipient is attending courses starting in the August session and continuing through the October, January, and March sessions. If a student does not attend full-time or does not enroll in one of these sessions, then the remaining aid will be available for the June session. Also, if a student’s financial aid award beings in the October, January, or March session, then they will have aid available for the June session.

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 Financial Aid website under “Important Dates” and are available from the Enrollment Service Center. Refunds are either mailed to the student at his/her home address or sent electronically to the student’s bank account (for students 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. If you are eligible for a book voucher contact your local campus or the Enrollment Service Center to obtain 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 Educational Benefits, MyCAA, institutional aid, endowed aid and Employee Educational Grant (EGG)/ 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.

Financial Aid Contact Information

If you have any questions about the College’s financial aid program, call the Enrollment Service Center for assistance at (573) 875-7390.

Additional financial aid information is available at the Columbia College web site: www.ccis.edu