Student Financial Assistance

Contact: Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
Phone: 800.977.8449 Ext. 1422 CSU self-discloses information pursuant to Gainful Employment Regulations as required by the U.S. Department of Education. CSU is forthright in publishing gainful employment information so students have the information necessary to make informed, rational educational decisions. Below you will find information based on student data concerning median loan debt, cost of attendance, occupational information, or retention and graduation rates. Completion of a degree program at CSU does not guarantee that a graduate will meet all requirements and/or qualifications for employment at the international, national, state, or local level. Employment qualifications may also require that applicants earn their degree from a university with specific programmatic or institutional accreditation. CSU is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. We encourage all students to research licensing and job requirements to insure that he or she will be prepared for their desired career path.
Columbia Southern University
Office of Financial Aid
21982 University Lane
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Phone: 800.977.8449 Ext. 6530
CSU participates in the following federal student aid programs:
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans
Information regarding the various types of financial aid offered at CSU is available at:
Contact: Scholarship Liaison
Phone: 800.977.8449 Ext.1647
CSU recognizes the importance of a quality education and is dedicated to helping students find a way to achieve their higher education goals. In addition to offering federal student aid, CSU offers several scholarships that are awarded on an annual basis. The actual award criteria are established annually and based on the availability of scholarship funds. Information regarding scholarship opportunities is available at
A conviction for any offense, during a period of enrollment for which a student was receiving Title IV, HEA Program (federal) funds, under any federal law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs may result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, loan or work-study assistance (HEA Sec. 484(r)(1)); (20 U.S.C. 1091(r)(1)). CSU’s Drug Convictions Policy is available at
CSU does not recommend, promote or endorse lenders for private education loans.
Entrance counseling is required before you can receive your first Direct Subsidized Loan, or Direct Unsubsidized Loan as an undergraduate, or your first Direct PLUS Loan as a graduate/professional student. Exit counseling is required when you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time. Exit counseling provides important information you need to prepare to repay your federal student loan(s). Entrance and Exit counseling are completed online at You will need your Student Aid PIN  to access entrance and exit counseling. An entrance and exit counseling demo is available online at Counseling Demo.