Important Deadline

Pay your Spring 2019 balance in full or set up a payment plan by December 28, 2018.

External Scholarships

External scholarships are funds that you apply for and receive from an outside or external source not affiliated with Columbia College Chicago. These scholarships can be from a source in your community, religious organization, professional organization, or even your high school. Take a look around; you might be surprised by how many awards are available.

External Scholarship Opportunities

Sometimes we find interesting scholarship opportunities that we want to share with you. We post new scholarships to our blog regularly so you can search at your convenience. Please note: these opportunities are suggestions only. Columbia cannot personally vouch for any scholarship organization or guarantee any funding sources suggested here. 

Scholarship Blog

Finding an External Scholarship

Locating good scholarships and scholarship finders can be tricky, so we've put together a list of good places to check out during your scholarship search. We've divided our list into sites geared towards educating you on financial aid/scholarships and the sites that link you to the actual scholarship applications. 

Before you apply, check out our quick tips when searching for scholarships. 

Scholarship Finders

Specialty Scholarships

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is designed to assist Latino students in finding funding resources for college.


Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

The AFCEA offers awards based on merit and leadership. Many awards are geared towards technology or military based careers.


The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs

The NANBPWC is focused on giving professional women resources to assist them in succeeding in the fields of entrepreneurship and technology development.


Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is an organization dedicated to improving the rights of the LGBT community and has scholarship information for individuals who identify with the LGBT community.


American Legion

The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.


Paralyzed Veterans of America

The Paralyzed Veterans of America has scholarship programs devised to provide some financial reprieve for PVA members and their families so that they may achieve their goals in the academic arena.


Veterans of Foreign Wars

The Veterans of Foreign Wars has scholarships designed to assist service members and veterans with financial assistance for college as a way of saying "thank you" to our service men and women.


Informational Sites is the Department of Education's site on federal financial aid. It has information on preparing for college, what types of aid are available, what you might be eligible for, how to apply for financial aid and information about repaying your loans after you graduate.

WWW.STUDENT.AID.ED.GOV is a great site if you're looking for general information on financial aid, loans, FAFSA and/or military benefits.

WWW.FINAID.ORG focuses on helping students find external scholarships and doesn't deal with FAFSA or federal aid.

WWW.SCHOLARSHIPS4SCHOOL.COM is largely an informational site. They have articles about budgeting for college, how to be money smart, comparing private loan lenders, scholarship application tips as well as information on how to avoid scholarship scams.



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