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Scholarships

Apply for scholarships to fund your education at Columbia College Chicago.

To locate scholarships for which you may be eligible, use our Scholarship Finder. For more information about scholarships, contact scholarships@colum.edu.

If you're a freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school, you can get early scholarships from Columbia now! RaiseMe lets you earn scholarships for achievements such as grades, community service, test scores, leadership roles, and more, so you'll know how much financial aid you can depend on before you even apply. Find out more and sign up for your account on Columbia's RaiseMe site

When to Apply for Scholarships

Prospective Undergraduate Student Scholarships

  • Columbia offers renewable scholarships - both merit and financial need-based - to transfer and incoming freshmen.
  • To be considered for a talent-based scholarship, submit creative samples of work along with your undergraduate application. Please note that the portfolio submission deadline for 2018 applicants has passed, but admitted students will still be considered for Columbia's internal scholarships. 

Prospective Graduate Student Scholarships

  • Incoming graduate students are automatically considered for the Graduate Merit Award if they submit a complete admissions application by the application deadline in their graduate program. Award amounts are up to full tuition based on the duration of the program and the strength of the admissions application.
  • International students are considered for this award.
  • A Graduate Assistantship provides a full scholarship up to the number of credit hours required for a graduate student's academic program. Additionally, it provides a paid, part-time job on campus for 10 or more hours per week. Graduate Assistantships are awarded to outstanding applicants by the academic department at the time of admission.

Current Student Scholarships

  • The majority of these awards are merit- and need-based and available both college-wide and within individual departments.
  • Use the Scholarship Finder for comprehensive information, eligibility and application requirements for each of these scholarships.

International Student Scholarships

  • If you have any questions, please contact us at intladmissions@colum.edu or +1 312-369-7130.
What is Needed to Apply for Scholarships

Prospective Undergraduate Student Scholarships

  • Students need to complete their undergraduate admission application and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships are awarded through May 1, if funds are available, and recipients are notified through their Financial Aid Award Letter. Please note: typically, scholarships are awarded to students who are planning to enroll for the fall term. However, there are a limited number of scholarships offered to students who begin their studies in the spring term.
  • To be considered for a talent-based scholarship, submit creative samples of work along with your undergraduate application by the January 15 deadline. For details on how to submit a portfolio of your best creative work, visit colum.edu/portfolio-infoPlease note that the portfolio submission deadline for 2018 applicants has passed.

Prospective Graduate Students

  • Columbia offers scholarships to support the work being done by our continuing graduate students. The majority of these awards are merit- and need-based and available both college-wide and within individual departments. Use the Scholarship Finder for comprehensive, detailed information, as well as eligibility and application requirements for each of these scholarships. Please read and follow the instructions carefully.

Current Student Scholarships

  • Use the Scholarship Finder for comprehensive information, as well as eligibility and application requirements, for each of these scholarships. Online applications are available through your OASIS portal. Please read and follow the instructions carefully.

International Student Scholarships

  • To be considered for a talent-based scholarship, submit creative samples of work along with your undergraduate application by the January 15 deadline. For details on how to submit a portfolio of your best creative work, visit colum.edu/portfolio-info.

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