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Understanding state grants

State aid includes academically competitive and need-based grants that do not typically have to be repaid. For need-based grants, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the state deadline. The state's department of higher education determines the criteria for student awards.


The Missouri Department of Higher Education administers a number of state grants and scholarships to Missouri residents. Columbia College participates in both the Bright Flight Program and the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program. To be eligible for the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program, students should file FAFSA by Feb. 1 and no later than April 1. Eligible students who apply between Feb. 1 and April 1 will be awarded based on available funding.


Columbia College participates in several Florida state-funded programs. Florida residents are encouraged to research eligibility requirements and apply to scholarship programs where Columbia College is listed as a participating institution.


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