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A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. Awards range from $767 to $7,395 per year. The actual amount is determined by the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Federal Pell Grant Schedule. To renew this award each year, you must still demonstrate sufficient need per the FAFSA and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Columbia College Scholarship

A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (Columbia College Scholarship) is a grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Must file prior to the school’s FAFSA deadline
  • Must be enrolled full-time or at least part-time in a certificate or associate degree program (excluding ESL program)
  • Must demonstrate significant financial need with the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFC)
  • Amount of disbursements will be determined by each program’s tuition on the disbursement date in the beginning of each year.


The annual maximum amount of Columbia College Scholarship is $4,000, depending on students’ financial need when s/he applies, and the availability of funds and policies of the financial aid office at Columbia College. Columbia College Scholarship does not need to be repaid.


Columbia College must ensure that Columbia College Scholarship recipients are selected on the following procedures.
• First, Columbia College Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of their EFC, which must be zero.
• Second, the remaining Columbia College Scholarship funds will be distributed to the eligible Columbia College Scholarship recipients at the next session.
• If it is the last session of an award year, the remaining Columbia College Scholarship funds will be distributed to the eligible Columbia College Scholarship recipients with the lowest EFC who are not receiving Pell Grants in the last session of a year.


Applicants should understand that the Columbia College Scholarship application process is more competitive than the Federal Pell Grant application process and priority funding will always be awarded to those with the greatest financial need. To receive an Columbia College Scholarship award, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who will receive a Federal Pell Grant and have demonstrated a need will receive the Columbia College Scholarship (based upon availability of funding). The FAFSA can be completed on the Web at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.  If the student is approved for the Columbia College Scholarship award, the student’s tuition account will be credited by the financial aid office.

School Scholarship

Columbia College offers scholarships for school programs.
Students with excellent academic records will be considered for the scholarship.
The Presidential Scholarship is offered to low-income VESL students.

Types of Aid Details

Federal Pell Grant
  • Up to $7,395 per academic year (50 weeks)
  • This is a grant; you do not have to repay.
Columbia College Scholarship
  • Range from $100 to $4,000 for the first academic year
  • Awarded to students with the greatest need (except ESL students)
  • This is a grant; you do not have to repay.
  • Presidential Grant (up to $2,166)

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