Securing Scholarships

How to Secure Your Scholarship

To secure your scholarship for the Fall 2019 semester, please complete all of the following steps by the deadlines stated below.

All students are highly encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the Columbia College Chicago school code (001665) each year. Having a completed FAFSA on file will maximize your eligibility for financial aid. 

May 1, 2019: (Incoming Students Only): Confirm that you will be attending Columbia College Chicago by making your $250 deposit. 

MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT

August 15, 2019: Register full time for Fall 2019 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 2019 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, 2019, 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

Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin Scholarship in the Arts

The Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin Scholarship in the Arts is renewable each year up to four years. The four-year limit is not based on degree completion, and the same limit applies to students pursuing double majors. 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.

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;
  • Continue to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year for the subsequent academic year, and this application must demonstrate continued financial need;
  • Submit any missing documents that are required to secure financial aid by the deadlines provided by Student Financial Services.

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.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other award terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Scholarship 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 scholarship.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Chicago STAR Scholarship

The Columbia STAR Scholarship is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA) or 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus). 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. The attempted credit hour limit is not based on degree completion, and the same limit applies to students pursuing double majors.

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.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.

Chicagoland Transfer Award

The Chicagoland Transfer Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), 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. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors.

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.

Other terms:

  • For the $12,000 award: If recipients were awarded a Dean's Scholarship, Columbia Scholar Award, or Chicago STAR Scholarship, the Chicagoland Transfer Award will replace the previously offered award.
  • For the full-tuition award: The Chicagoland Transfer Award will replace all previously offered tuition scholarships.
  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition only.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.


Columbia ChiArts Award

The Columbia ChiArts Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

 For the award to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Meet the terms of Columbia's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, including maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a 67% completion rate of all credits attempted.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition only.
  • Student must have been enrolled at the Chicago High School for the Arts during the Fall 2018 term or later for consideration.
  • Cumulative high school GPA at the time of admission will be used to determine the award amount. If a student increases their high school GPA in subsequent semesters, the award may be re-evaluated.
  • Recipients of the Columbia ChiArts Award are not eligible for the Chicago STAR Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Columbia CPS Award, Columbia Creatives Award, Columbia Senn Award, Columbia Curie Award, Columbia Dyett Award, Columbia Lane Tech Award, or Columbia Westinghouse Award.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses. 
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Columbia CPS Award

The Columbia CPS Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

For the award to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Meet the terms of Columbia's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, including maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a 67% completion rate of all credits attempted.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition only.
  • Student must have been enrolled at a Chicago Public School during the Fall 2018 term or later for consideration.
  • Cumulative high school GPA at the time of admission will be used to determine the award amount. If a student increases their high school GPA in subsequent semesters, the award may be re-evaluated.
  • Recipients of the Columbia CPS Award are not eligible for the Chicago STAR Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Columbia ChiArts Award, Columbia Creatives Award, Columbia Senn Award, Columbia Curie Award, Columbia Dyett Award, Columbia Lane Tech Award, or Columbia Westinghouse Award.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Columbia Creatives Award

The Columbia Creatives Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

For the award to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Meet the terms of Columbia's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, including maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a 67% completion rate of all credits attempted.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition only.
  • Student must have been enrolled at an eligible Arts Schools Network high school or the Chicago Academy for the Arts during the Fall 2018 term or later for consideration.
  • Cumulative high school GPA at the time of admission will be used to determine the award amount. If a student increases their high school GPA in subsequent semesters, the award may be re-evaluated.
  • Recipients of the Columbia Creatives Award are not eligible for the Chicago STAR Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Columbia CPS Award, Columbia Senn Award, Columbia Curie Award, Columbia Dyett Award, Columbia Lane Tech Award, Columbia ChiArts Award, or Columbia Westinghouse Award.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Columbia Curie Award

The Columbia Curie Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

For the award to be renewable, the recipient must:

  •  Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Meet the terms of Columbia's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, including maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a 67% completion rate of all credits attempted.

Other terms: 

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition only.
  • Student must have been enrolled at Marie Sklodowska Curie Metropolitan High School during the Fall 2018 term or later for consideration.
  • Cumulative high school GPA at the time of admission will be used to determine the award amount. If a student increases their high school GPA in subsequent semesters, the award may be re-evaluated.
  • Recipients of the Columbia Curie Award are not eligible for the Chicago STAR Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Columbia CPS Award, Columbia Creatives Award, Columbia Senn Award, Columbia Dyett Award, Columbia Lane Tech Award, Columbia ChiArts Award, or Columbia Westinghouse Award.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Columbia Dyett Award

The Columbia Dyett Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

For the award to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Meet the terms of Columbia's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, including maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a 67% completion rate of all credits attempted.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition only.
  • Student must have been enrolled at Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts during the Fall 2018 term or later for consideration.
  • Cumulative high school GPA at the time of admission will be used to determine the award amount. If a student increases their high school GPA in subsequent semesters, the award may be re-evaluated.
  • Recipients of the Columbia Dyett Award are not eligible for the Chicago STAR Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Columbia CPS Award, Columbia Creatives Award, Columbia Senn Award, Columbia Curie Award, Columbia Lane Tech Award, Columbia ChiArts Award, or Columbia Westinghouse Award.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Columbia Lane Tech Award

The Columbia Lane Tech Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

For the award to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Meet the terms of Columbia's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, including maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a 67% completion rate of all credits attempted.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition only.
  • Student must have been enrolled at Lane Tech College Prep High School during the Fall 2018 term or later for consideration.
  • Cumulative high school GPA at the time of admission will be used to determine the award amount. If a student increases their high school GPA in subsequent semesters, the award may be re-evaluated.
  • Recipients of the Columbia Lane Tech Award are not eligible for the Chicago STAR Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Columbia CPS Award, Columbia Creatives Award, Columbia Senn Award, Columbia Curie Award, Columbia Dyett Award, Columbia ChiArts Award, or Columbia Westinghouse Award.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Columbia Scholar Award

The Columbia Scholar Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), 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. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

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;

Other terms:

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

The Columbia Senn Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

For the award to be renewable, the recipient must:

  •  Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Meet the terms of Columbia's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, including maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a 67% completion rate of all credits attempted.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition only.
  • Student must have been enrolled at Nicholas Senn High School during the Fall 2018 term or later for consideration.
  • Cumulative high school GPA at the time of admission will be used to determine the award amount. If a student increases their high school GPA in subsequent semesters, the award may be re-evaluated.
  • Recipients of the Columbia Senn Award are not eligible for the Chicago STAR Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Columbia CPS Award, Columbia Creatives Award, Columbia Curie Award, Columbia Dyett Award, Columbia Lane Tech Award, Columbia ChiArts Award, or Columbia Westinghouse Award.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.

Columbia Westinghouse Award

The Columbia Westinghouse Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

For the award to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Meet the terms of Columbia's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, including maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a 67% completion rate of all credits attempted.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition only.
  • Student must have been enrolled at Westinghouse College Prep High School during the Fall 2018 term or later for consideration.
  • Cumulative high school GPA at the time of admission will be used to determine the award amount. If a student increases their high school GPA in subsequent semesters, the award may be re-evaluated.
  • Recipients of the Columbia Westinghouse Award are not eligible for the Chicago STAR Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Columbia CPS Award, Columbia Creatives Award, Columbia Senn Award, Columbia Curie Award, Columbia Dyett Award, Columbia Lane Tech Award, or Columbia ChiArts Award.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.

Creative Writing – Poetry Scholarship
  • Recipient must be enrolled full-time as a Creative Writing Poetry major during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Scholarship is awarded half in Fall and half in Spring and does not apply to Summer terms.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only and is not renewable.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad.
  • Columbia reserves the right to withhold the scholarship in any year in which, at the sole discretion of the scholarship committee, suitable candidates cannot be found.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, grants—institutional or other, gifts or loans) will apply.
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, BMus), 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. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

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.

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.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.

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. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

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.

Other terms:

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

The Global Excellence Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment. The credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

For the award to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Meet the terms of Columbia's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, including maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a 67% completion rate of all credits attempted.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition only.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Global Talent Scholarship
  • Recipient must be enrolled full-time during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Scholarship is awarded half in Fall and half in Spring and does not apply to Summer terms.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only and is not renewable.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad.
  • Columbia reserves the right to withhold the scholarship in any year in which, at the sole discretion of the scholarship committee, suitable candidates cannot be found.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Make a Dent Sports Management Scholarship
  • Recipient must be enrolled full-time during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Scholarship is awarded half in Fall and half in Spring and does not apply to Summer terms.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition and fees and is not renewable.
  • Recipient must have submitted all outstanding documents to Student Financial Services before the scholarship can be disbursed. Students can review missing documents in the OASIS portal under the Student Financial Services tab.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad.
  • Recipients will be expected to attend the Make a Dent Foundation charity events during the awarded academic year and will be invited to attend the following year.
  • Columbia 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.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
MCA Transfer Award

The MCA Transfer Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), 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. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors.

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.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied to tuition only.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other award terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional, and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Mittie, Moselynne, and Dempsey J. Travis Scholarship

The Mittie, Moselynne, and Dempsey J. Travis Scholarship is renewable each year up to four years, provided the Travis Foundation decides to donate money to fund the program each year. The four-year limit is not based on degree completion, and the same limit applies to students pursuing double majors. 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.

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;
  • Continue to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year for the subsequent academic year, and this application must demonstrate continued financial need;
  • Submit any missing documents that are required to secure financial aid by the deadlines provided by Student Financial Services;
  • Participate in the Travis Scholars Program through Student Diversity and Inclusion during the Fall and Spring semesters.

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.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only.
  • Scholarship 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 the scholarship.
  • Recipients will receive notification in summer regarding their renewal for the next academic year if funding is awarded. If the Travis Foundation does not fund the award, recipients' Columbia scholarships may be reinstated if they continue to meet the terms.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other award terms are met.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
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, BMus), 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. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors.

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.

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.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • Scholarship 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.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.

Scholarship Terms and Conditions – Continuing Students

Achievement Award / Achievement Grant

The Achievement Award is renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA), 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia. The credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

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;

Other terms:

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

The Recognition Award is renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA), 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia. The credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

For the award to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Maintain the stipulated cumulative grade point average.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition only.
  • Award may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their award during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other award terms are met.
  • 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.
  • Award is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
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, BMus), 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. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

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;

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.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • Scholarship 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 scholarship.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Director’s Award

The Director’s Award is renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA), 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia. The credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

For the award to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment:
  • Maintain the stipulated cumulative grade point average.

Other terms:

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

The Elizabeth Morse Scholarship may be renewable up to 120 credit hours (BA), 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia. The credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

For the Scholarship to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average;
  • Continue to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year for the subsequent academic year, and the application must demonstrate continued financial need;
  • Submit any missing documents that are required to secure financial aid by the deadlines provided by Student Financial Services;
  • Attend one Scholarship 101 session during the Fall semester;
  • Meet with a College Advisor each semester before registering for classes;
  • Meet with a Scholarship Advisor at the end of each semester.

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining award funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Award is applied toward tuition only.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. 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 but will retain future eligibility if all other award terms are met.
  • 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 this scholarship.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Global Bridge Scholarship

The Global Bridge Scholarship is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA) or 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus). The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other college and universities under dual enrollment. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors.

For the scholarship to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Meet the terms of Columbia's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, including maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a 67% completion rate of all credits attempted

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.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Mittie, Moselynne, and Dempsey J. Travis Scholarship

The Mittie, Moselynne, and Dempsey J. Travis Scholarship is renewable each year up to four years, provided the Travis Foundation decides to donate money to fund the program each year. The four-year limit is not based on degree completion, and the same limit applies to students pursuing double majors. 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.

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;
  • Continue to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year for the subsequent academic year, and this application must demonstrate continued financial need;
  • Submit any missing documents that are required to secure financial aid by the deadlines provided by Student Financial Services;
  • Participate in the Travis Scholars Program through Student Diversity and Inclusion during the Fall and Spring semesters.

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.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only.
  • Recipients will receive notification in summer regarding their renewal for the next academic year if funding is awarded. If the Travis Foundation does not fund the award, recipients' Columbia scholarships may be reinstated if they continue to meet the terms.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Open Doors Scholarship

The Open Doors Scholarship is renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA), 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia. The credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

For the scholarship to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 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.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • Scholarship 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 scholarship.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply. 
Opportunity Grant

The Opportunity Grant is renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA), 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia. The credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

For the grant to be renewable, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time each Fall and Spring semester;
  • Not interrupt enrollment;
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average;

Other terms:

  • Students who interrupt their enrollment or enroll less than full-time will forfeit any remaining grant funds.
  • Funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.
  • Grant is applied toward tuition only.
  • Grant may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their grant during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • Grant 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.
  • Grant is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
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, BMus), 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. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors.

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.

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.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA), 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia. The credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

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.

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.
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only.
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer semesters. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad but will retain future eligibility if all other scholarship terms are met.
  • Scholarship 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.
  • Scholarship is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses.
  • The rules governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply.
SFUAD Transfer Award

The SFUAD Transfer Award is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA/BS/BMus), 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. The attempted credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors.

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.

Other terms:

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

The Transfer Achievement Award is renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA), 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia. The credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

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;

Other terms:

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

The Trustee Award is renewable each year up to 120 credit hours (BA), 128 credit hours (BFA, BS, BMus), or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferable college credit hours and credit hours earned at Columbia. The credit hour and four-year limits are not based on degree completion, and the same limits apply to students pursuing double majors. 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.

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.

Other terms:

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