Your Award Letter
Congratulations on receiving your Award Letter. If you have an Award Letter in hand, it means you are on the way to finalizing your financial plan for attending Columbia.
Your Award Letter includes some important information, including your estimated aid eligibility based on the information you provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
There are a few things you need to do as you read and become familiar with your Award Letter:
- Personalize your Estimated Remaining Costs. As you review your estimated costs, you'll notice other costs to consider. More detailed information can be found on the Tuition and Fees and Cost of Attendance pages.
- Understand the funding options available to you. Your Award Letter outlines your financial aid eligibility, including your funding sources. For your convenience, we have more information about these funding sources available on our site.
- Decide how you will cover your Estimated Remaining Costs. Visit our How to Pay page to learn more about your options.
You're armed with your Award Letter and the important information it contains. Once you've confirmed your enrollment, you're ready to move on:
- If you're ready to make a payment or establish a payment plan, you can manage your account.
- No matter where you are in the process, you can contact Columbia Central with any questions or assistance with your financial aid.
Are you still waiting for your Award Letter?
To receive an Award Letter, you must be admitted to Columbia, have a FAFSA on file for the academic year, and have a Social Security Number on your student record. Award Letters for incoming students begin in November for the following Spring and Fall term. Award Letters for continuing students begin in April. Continuing students will not receive an Award Letter unless they have submitted all verification documents and the verification process has been completed.
Does your Award Letter need a revision?
Sometimes, it may be necessary for Columbia Central to process a revision to your initial award letter due to a change in your information or the assumptions made when your initial award offer was processed. If you have changes to your enrollment information, your FAFSA information, your student eligibility, or you have had additional funding secured, you will receive a revised Award Letter. Contact Columbia Central with questions.