How to Apply for Aid

Your starting point for applying for any type of financial aid: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA. You can submit the FAFSA as early as October 1 for the following academic year. For more information, visit

The FAFSA collects information about you as the student, as well as parents of dependent students, regarding income, number of family members in the household, and the number of family members in college. Columbia uses the result of the FAFSA to determine the amount of assistance provided to you for your education. 

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