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Degree Completion Assistance Grant

for continuing undergraduate students

The Degree Completion Assistance Grant provides financial support to juniors and seniors who are nearing graduation, and who can demonstrate that receiving assistance from the grant will help them in achieving their academic goals. Preference is given to seniors who demonstrate significant financial need.

Application Timeframe:

  • The 2019-20 application will be open from April 1 to April 30, 2019.


 The Degree Completion Assistance Grant is open to:

  • Undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 75 credit hours toward a first BA/BS/BFA/BMus degree, with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed at Columbia at the time of application
  • Students who have already received their 2019-20 award letters, and who will enroll during the 2019-20 academic year
  • Students who are in good academic standing based on grade level with a completion rate of at least 75%
    • Juniors: minimum 2.3 cumulative grade point average
    • Seniors: minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Students who demonstrate financial need through a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Grant based on:

  • Financial need
  • Demonstration of commitment to degree completion
Grant amount:
  • Full Time: Maximum $3,000 per term/$6,000 per academic year
  • Three Quarter Time: Maximum $2,250 per term/$4,500 per academic year
  • Half Time: Maximum $1,500 per term/$3,000 per academic year
  • Less Than Half Time: Maximum $750 per term/$1,500 per academic year

    Note: Grants are awarded for Fall and/or Spring semesters only; grants do not apply for Summer semesters.
Notification of the grant:
  • All applicants will be notified by email by July 1, 2019. We regret that we are unable to give information regarding the committee's decisions over the telephone.
How to Apply

The Degree Completion Assistance Grant application is available online through your OASIS portal. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee.

There are two parts to the application.


Explain the circumstances surrounding your current financial need by answering the following:

  • Please describe the specific methods you will use to resolve your balance (e.g. payment/payment plan, third party contributions, PLUS loan, federal student loans, private loans).
  • Briefly describe your academic goals and how this grant will help you to achieve them.

A current Student Aid Report (SAR) must be on file by April 30, 2019. To receive an SAR, students must complete a financial aid application (FAFSA).


Access online applications through the "Scholarships" tab in your OASIS portal.

Grant Terms
  • Application must be submitted by April 30, 2019 (11:59 pm) for review by the committee
  • Maximum amount of this one-year grant is $3,000 per term/$6,000 per academic year
    • Note: Students cannot receive more than $15,000 in combined Columbia College Chicago scholarships, including the Degree Completion Assistance Grant, in one academic year
  • Recipients must maintain undergraduate enrollment during the 2019-20 academic year
  • Recipients must remain in good standing during the 2019-20 academic year
  • Recipients who graduate in Fall 2019 will receive a one-semester grant up to $3,000
  • Grant is applied toward tuition only
  • Students who are not selected to receive the grant may apply in subsequent years provided they continue to meet eligibility criteria
  • Recipients must have submitted all outstanding documents to Student Financial Services before the grant can be disbursed. Students can review missing documents in the OASIS portal under the Student Financial Services tab
  • Grant is limited to courses for which a student registers through OASIS and does not cover Columbia Online courses
  • Grant may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer sessions. Please note: Students who plan to enroll in an independent study abroad program not associated with Columbia will forfeit their grant during the semester spent abroad
  • The rules and regulations governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply
  • Columbia College Chicago 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 among applicants




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