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What is FAFSA?

All students are expected to contribute towards the cost of their college education. How much you and your family will be expected to contribute depends on your financial situation and is what is referred to as your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to determine your EFC by conducting a “need analysis” based on financial information, such as income, assets and other household information, which you (and your parents if you are a dependent student) will be asked to provide. The form is submitted to, and processed by, a federal processor contracted by the ED, and the results are electronically transmitted to the financial aid offices of the schools that you list on your application.

The FAFSA is the application you will use to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to help pay for college or career school.

FAFSA Eligible Programs at Columbia College

Certificate ProgramsAssociate Programs

Massage Therapy Associate of Dental Laboratory Technology
English as A Second Language Associate of Cosmetology
Culinary Arts Associate of Culinary Arts
Dental Laboratory Technology Associate of Business Administrator
Cosmetology Associate of Computer Science
Associate of Technical Business
Associate of Teaching English for Early Childhood

Questions about Verification Forms?

Read more about FAFSA Verification Process on our Verification Page.

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