A2B Financial Aid

Financial Aid for Independent
Associate’s to Bachelor’s Students
(23 years & older)

File the 2015-2016 FAFSA for fall 2015 admission using your 2014 federal tax return at www.fafsa.ed.gov  Columbia College Federal Code #003430.

Off – Campus A2B Students are Enrolled in 9 Credit Hours Each Semester

On – Campus A2B Students are Enrolled in 6 or 9 Credit Hours Each Semester          

Academic Status

Subsidized Stafford Loans
0% interest rate while you are enrolled in classes

 Unsubsidized Stafford Loans Interest  rate of 3.86% (2015-2016) accrues on the loan from the time it is disbursed

Maximum Stafford Loan award   in an academic year

56hours +




PELL GRANT – This grant is based on financial need that is determined by the information filed on the FAFSA and does not have to be repaid. The maximum award for a full – time, 12 credits hours or more, student in the 2015-2016 academic year is $5,645.


FACTS about Stafford Federal Loans

  • Loan payments are not required while you are enrolled in school
  • If you are currently making a Stafford loan payment, once you are enrolled in Columbia College, you can request to have the loans payment deferred by contacting the Office of the Registrar at 803.786.3672
  • You must enroll in at LEAST 6 hours per semester to receive Stafford  Loans
    A. There are 2 types of Stafford Loans Subsidized Stafford Loans: 0% interest accrues while you are enrolled in classes
    B. Unsubsidized Stafford Loans – interest  rate of 3.86% (2015-2016) accrues from the time the loan is disbursed


Tuition $385 per
Credit Hour

Technology Fee


Part time: 6 hours


6 hours x $385 = $2,310



+ $150

Financial Aid can Cover

·         Purchase of new books

·         Textbook rental

·         Ebooks when available

¾  time :   9 hours


9 hours x $385 = $3,465


+ $150

Current as of 1.13.15