How to Secure Your Scholarship

To secure your scholarship for the Fall 2017 semester, please complete all of the following steps by the deadlines stated below:

May 1, 2017 (Incoming Students Only): Confirm that you will be attending Columbia College Chicago by making your $250 deposit. If you were admitted to Columbia after May 1, 2017, your deposit is due by August 1, 2017.

MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT

July 1, 2017 (Continuing Students Only): Complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Student Federal Aid (FAFSA) with the Columbia College Chicago school code (001665).

August 1, 2017: Submit any missing documents that are required to secure your financial aid. To review if you have any missing documents, log into OASIS (oasis.colum.edu), click on Student Financial Services, and click on Missing Documents. If you have any questions regarding your missing documents, we encourage you to contact Student Financial Services by phone at 866-705-0200.

August 15, 2017: Register full time for Fall 2017 courses. After you make your $250 deposit, you will receive information on completing course registration. Please note, your scholarship offer is valid only if you begin attendance in the Fall 2017 term.

After you register for classes, you will receive a bill that itemizes your tuition and fees. If any portion of your bill is not covered by secured financial aid or a secured third-party payment, you must either pay that amount in full or establish an automated payment plan by August 1, 2017, or within seven days of registration if you register for classes after August 1. Payment plan information is available at colum.edu/paymentplan.

Scholarship Terms and Conditions – Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

Chicago STAR Scholarship

The Columbia STAR Scholarship is automatically renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA) or 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BM). The total credit hours include all transferrable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at Columbia College Chicago.

For the scholarship to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student each Fall and Spring semester.
  • Not interrupt enrollment.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining scholarship funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, grants—institutional or other, gifts or loans) will apply.
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 
Columbia Scholar Award

The Columbia Scholar Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BM) or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferrable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment.

For the scholarship to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student each Fall and Spring semester.
  • Not interrupt enrollment.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year for the subsequent academic year, and submit any missing documents that are required to secure financial aid by the deadlines provided by Student Financial Services. Please note: This applies to students who received a scholarship based on FAFSA information for the Fall 2017 semester.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining scholarship funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • This award is based on academic and financial need information provided to the college at the time of admission. Any subsequent, additional or clarifying data that significantly alters this information may make a recipient ineligible to receive this award. 
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, grants—institutional or other, gifts or loans) will apply. 
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 
Dean's Scholarship Award

The Dean's Scholarship is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BM) or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferrable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment.

For the scholarship to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student each Fall and Spring semester.
  • Not interrupt enrollment.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining scholarship funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, grants—institutional or other, gifts or loans) will apply.
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 
Elizabeth Morse Trust Scholarship
  • The Elizabeth Morse Trust Scholarship can be applied toward tuition expenses only.
  • The scholarship amount is $2,500 for Fall semesters and $2,500 for Spring semesters only; awards do not apply to Summer semesters.
  • The Elizabeth Morse Trust Scholarship is renewable for a second academic year, provided the recipient:
    • Is enrolled as a full-time student each semester.
    • Does not interrupt enrollment.
    • Maintains a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
    • Continues to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each October for the subsequent academic year, and the application demonstrates continued financial need.
    • Attends one Scholarship 101 session during the Fall 2017 semester.
    • Meets with a College Advisor each semester before registering for classes.
    • Meets with an Enrollment Management Advisor at the end of each semester,

Other terms:

  • The scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: If enrolled at an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia, the student will forfeit the scholarship for the semester spent abroad.
  • The scholarship is based on the academic and financial need information provided to the college by the recipient at the time of admission. Any subsequent, additional, or clarifying data that significantly alters this information may make the student ineligible to receive the scholarship.
  • If a student is receiving state or federal financial aid, the rules governing other sources of financial assistance will apply.
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 
Faculty Recognition Award

The Faculty Recognition Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BM) or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferrable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment.

For the scholarship to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student each Fall and Spring semester.
  • Not interrupt enrollment.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining scholarship funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, grants—institutional or other, gifts or loans) will apply.
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 
Joan and Irving Harris Scholar Award
  • Award is automatically renewable for up to 120 credit hours or four consecutive years, whichever comes first, provided the recipient:
    • Is enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester as an Early Childhood major with a concentration in Teacher Certification
    • Maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
    • Does not interrupt enrollment
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only
  • Award is applied to tuition only
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BM), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferrable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment.

For the scholarship to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student each Fall and Spring semester.
  • Not interrupt enrollment.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining scholarship funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, grants—institutional or other, gifts or loans) will apply.
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 
SFUAD Transfer Award
  • Award is automatically renewable for up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA) or 128 attempted credit hours (BFA/BS/BM), or four consecutive years, whichever comes first. The total credit hours include all transferrable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment.
  • For the award to be renewable, the recipient must:
    • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester
    • Not interrupt enrollment
    • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Award is applied to tuition only.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other award terms are met.
  • This award is based on admissions status, academic need, and financial need information provided to the college at the time of admission. Any subsequent, additional, or clarifying data that significantly alters this information may make a recipient ineligible to receive this award. 
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional, and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 
Creative Writing – Poetry Scholarship
  • Recipient must be enrolled full-time as a Creative Writing Poetry major during the 2017–18 academic year.
  • Maximum award amount of this one-year scholarship is $1,500, awarded half in Fall 2017 and half in Spring 2018.

Other terms:

  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad.
  • The rules and regulations governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, grants—institutional or other, gifts or loans) will apply.
  • Columbia College Chicago reserves the right to withhold the award in any year in which, at the sole discretion of the scholarship committee, suitable candidates cannot be found among applicants.
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 
Chelsea Laine Wells Creative Writing: Fiction Scholarship
  • Recipient must be enrolled as a Creative Writing – Fiction major during the 2017–18 academic year.
  • Maximum award amount of this one-year scholarship is $1,000, awarded half in Fall 2017 and half in Spring 2018.

Other terms:

  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad.
  • Recipients will be asked to participate in thanking the donor(s).
  • The rules and regulations governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, grants—institutional or other, gifts or loans) will apply.
  • Columbia College Chicago reserves the right to withhold the award in any year in which, at the sole discretion of the scholarship committee, suitable candidates cannot be found among applicants.
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 

Scholarship Terms and Conditions – Continuing Students

Achievement Award / Achievement Grant
  • Automatically renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA) or 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMUS) or four years, whichever is reached first, provided the recipient:
      • Is enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester
      • Does not interrupt enrollment
      • Maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
      • Continues to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every January for the subsequent academic year and this application must demonstrate continued financial need
    Please note:
    • Freshmen will need to enroll an average of 15 credit hours for a BA and an average of 16 credit hours for BFA, BS and BMus each Fall and Spring semester to graduate within four years.
    • The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia College Chicago
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad
  • This award is based on academic and financial need information provided to the college at the time of admission. Any subsequent, additional, or clarifying data that significantly alters this information may make a recipient ineligible to receive this award
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses
Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin Scholarship in the Arts
  • Automatically renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA) or 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMUS) or four years*, whichever is reached first, provided the recipient
      • Is enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester
      • Does not interrupt enrollment
      • Maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
      • Continues to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every January for the subsequent academic year and this application must demonstrate continued financial need
    Please note:
    • Freshmen will need to enroll an average of 15 credit hours for a BA and an average of 16 credit hours for BFA, BS and BMus each Fall and Spring semester to graduate within four years.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad
  • Recipient will be asked to participate in thanking the donors.
  • The Office of Development will host an initial meeting with donors and the scholarship recipient, then twice-yearly meetings thereafter to discuss: Highlights of what the recipient has achieved and learned during the semester, challenges they've encountered and how they've overcome them, and what projects they are looking forward to for the upcoming year.
  • This award is based on academic and financial need information provided to the college at the time of admission. Any subsequent, additional, or clarifying data that significantly alters this information may make a recipient ineligible to receive this award
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses
Columbia College Chicago Recognition Award
  • Award is automatically renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA) or 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMUS) or four years*, whichever is reached first, provided the recipient
    • is enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester
    • does not interrupt enrollment
    • maintain the stipulated cumulative grade point average

    * Freshmen will need to enroll an average of 15 credit hours for a BA and an average of 16 credit hours for BFA, BS and BMus each Fall and Spring semester to graduate within four years.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses
Create Engage Explore Scholarship

The Create Engage Explore Scholarship is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BM) or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferrable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment.

For the scholarship to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student each Fall and Spring semester.
  • Not interrupt enrollment.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year for the subsequent academic year, and submit any missing documents that are required to secure financial aid by the deadlines provided by Student Financial Services. Please note: This applies to students who received a scholarship based on FAFSA information for the Fall 2017 semester.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining scholarship funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • This award is based on academic and financial need information provided to the college at the time of admission. Any subsequent, additional or clarifying data that significantly alters this information may make a recipient ineligible to receive this award.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, grants—institutional or other, gifts or loans) will apply.
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 
Director’s Award
  • Award is automatically renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA) or 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMUS) or four years*, whichever is reached first, provided the recipient:
    • is enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester
    • does not interrupt enrollment
    • maintain the stipulated cumulative grade point average*

* Freshmen will need to enroll an average of 15 credit hours for a BA and an average of 16 credit hours for BFA, BS and BMus each Fall and Spring semester to graduate within four years.

  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad;
  • If you receive state or federal financial aid, the rules governing other sources of financial assistance will apply.
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 
Dempsey J. Travis Scholarship
  • Scholarship is renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA) or 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMUS) or four years*, whichever is reached first, provided the recipient:
    • is enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester
    • does not interrupt enrollment
    • maintains a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average
    • continues to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every January for the subsequent academic year and this application must demonstrate continued financial need

    * Freshmen will need to enroll an average of 15 credit hours for a BA and an average of 16 credit hours for BFA, BS and BMus each Fall and Spring semester to graduate within four years.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only
  • Participate in the Travis Scholars Program through the office of Multicultural Affairs during the Fall and Spring semester;
  • You must continue to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every January for the subsequent academic year and this application must demonstrate continued financial need;
  • This award was based on the academic and financial need information you provided to the college at the time of your admission. Any subsequent, additional or clarifying data that significantly alters this information may make you ineligible to receive this award;
  • If you are receiving state or federal financial aid, the rules governing other sources of financial assistance will apply;
  • The Travis Award is considered renewable provided the Travis Foundation decides to donate money to fund the program each year. Recipients will receive notification in late summer 2017 for the 2017-18 academic year if funding is awarded. If the Foundation does not fund the award, recipients will be notified of other Columbia scholarship options.
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 
Elizabeth Morse Trust Scholarship
  • The Elizabeth Morse Trust Scholarship can be applied toward tuition expenses only.
  • The scholarship amount is $2,500 for Fall semesters and $2,500 for Spring semesters only; awards do not apply to Summer semesters.
  • The Elizabeth Morse Trust Scholarship is renewable for a second academic year, provided the recipient:
    • Is enrolled as a full-time student each semester.
    • Does not interrupt enrollment.
    • Maintains a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
    • Continues to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each October for the subsequent academic year, and the application demonstrates continued financial need.
    • Attends one Scholarship 101 session during the Fall 2017 semester.
    • Meets with a College Advisor each semester before registering for classes.
    • Meets with an Enrollment Management Advisor at the end of each semester,

Other terms:

  • The scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: If enrolled at an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia, the student will forfeit the scholarship for the semester spent abroad.
  • The scholarship is based on the academic and financial need information provided to the college by the recipient at the time of admission. Any subsequent, additional, or clarifying data that significantly alters this information may make the student ineligible to receive the scholarship.
  • If a student is receiving state or federal financial aid, the rules governing other sources of financial assistance will apply.
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 
Joan and Irving Harris Scholar Award
  • Award is automatically renewable for up to 120 credit hours or four consecutive years, whichever comes first, provided the recipient:
    • Is enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester as an Early Childhood major with a concentration in Teacher Certification
    • Maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
    • Does not interrupt enrollment
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only
  • Award is applied to tuition only
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses
Open Doors Scholarship
  • Scholarship is automatically renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA) or 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMUS) or four years*, whichever is reached first, provided the recipient:
      • Is enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester
      • Does not interrupt enrollment
      • Maintains a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average
      • Continues to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every January for the subsequent academic year and this application must demonstrate continued financial need
    Please note:
    • Freshmen will need to enroll an average of 15 credit hours for a BA and an average of 16 credit hours for BFA, BS and BMus each Fall and Spring semester to graduate within four years.
    • The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia College Chicago
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College chicago will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad
  • This award is based on academic and financial need information provided to the college at the time of admission. Any subsequent, additional or clarifying data that significantly alters this information may make a recipient ineligible to receive this award.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses
Opportunity Grant
  • Grant is automatically renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA) or 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMUS) or four years*, whichever is reached first, provided the recipient:
    • is enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester
    • does not interrupt enrollment
    • maintains a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average
    • continues to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every January for the subsequent academic year and this application must demonstrate continued financial need

    * Freshmen will need to enroll an average of 15 credit hours for a BA and an average of 16 credit hours for BFA, BS and BMus each Fall and Spring semester to graduate within four years.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad
  • Award is based on the academic and financial need information you provided to the college at the time of your admission. Any subsequent, additional or clarifying data that significantly alters this information may make you ineligible to receive this award.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
  • The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is automatically renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA) or 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMUS). The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia College Chicago. For the scholarship to be renewable, the recipient must:
    • be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester
    • not interrupt enrollment
    • maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses
Presidential Scholarship
  • Scholarship is automatically renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA) or 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus) or four years, whichever is reached first, provided the recipient:
      • Is enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester
      • Does not interrupt enrollment
      • Maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
    Please note:
    • Freshmen will need to enroll an average of 15 credit hours for a BA and an average of 16 credit hours for BFA, BS and BMus each Fall and Spring semester to graduate within four years.
    • The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia College Chicago
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses
Transfer Achievement Award
  • Award is automatically renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA) or 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMUS.) The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia College Chicago. For the scholarship to be renewable, the recipient must:
    • be enrolled as a full-time student each Fall and Spring semester
    • not interrupt enrollment
    • maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
    • continue to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every January for the subsequent academic year, and this application must demonstrate continued financial need
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad
  • This award is based on academic and financial need information provided to the college at the time of admission. Any subsequent, additional, or clarifying data that significantly alters this information may make a recipient ineligible to receive this award
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses 
Trustee Award
  • Award is automatically renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA) or 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMUS) or four years, whichever is reached first, provided the recipient:
      • Is enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester
      • Does not interrupt enrollment
      • Maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
    Please note:
    • Freshmen will need to enroll an average of 15 credit hours for a BA and an average of 16 credit hours for BFA, BS and BMus each Fall and Spring semester to graduate within four years.
    • The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia College Chicago
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only
  • Award is applied toward tuition costs only
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia College Chicago will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts or loans) will apply
  • This award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses