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EDS Instructions

How To Fill Out Financial Aid Online Forms

Welcome to the Electronic Data Submission system. The following are instructions on how to fill out the online forms. Once you have read through the instructions, you will be ready to begin filling out the forms.

If this is your first time filling out an online form using EDS, you must create a New Student User account. If an electronic form is required from your parent(s), you must list your parent(s) when you set up your New Student User account or add them later by clicking "Change Personal Information." They will need to create a New Parent User account in order to submit their form or portion of a form.

You may choose which email address to provide for your EDS account. Once you've completed the New User Account Form, a confirmation message will be sent to that email address. Should you forget your username and/or password, the information will be sent to this email address as well.

Double check the information on the New User Account Form before submitting. Should you forget your username and/or password, your social security number and date of birth will need to match exactly in order to retrieve the login information.

Step 1: Log in with your chosen username and password. Your username is not necessarily your w#; you chose your own username and password when you created your EDS account. If you've forgotten your username and/or password, follow the prompts under "Forgot your password?"

If you are a dependent student and your parent's information is also required on a given form, you will be unable to enter answers to the questions regarding your parent's finances. Your answers must be submitted first and then your parent will be able to access the questions pertaining to them through their own EDS account.

Step 2: Please refer to your email notification (in your assigned student email) to determine which forms are required. Submit ONLY those forms requested by the Columbia College Financial Aid Office.

Step 3: Make sure to fill out each field accurately and completely. Please read each form thoroughly. The form may indicate under certain answers that additional documentation is required. If this is the case, it is your responsibility to submit any supporting documentation stated on an electronic form. Your application will not be accepted for review until both the electronic form and supporting documentation (if applicable) are received by the Financial Aid Office.

Step 4: When you are finished filling out the form, double check your responses are correct, and click "Submit." If you are a dependent student, your parent(s) may then need to log in and complete their forms or portions of forms. Once they finish filling out the form, they will need to click "Submit" as well.

Step 5: Return to the homepage to verify the document status has been updated to "submitted." Remember to turn in all other hard copy documentation requested.

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