Applying for Aid | Current Undergraduate Students

Applications must be submitted by the appropriate deadlines in order to receive priority consideration. Except in extraordinary circumstances, it is highly unlikely that institutional funding will be awarded to late applicants, therefore, careful attention to deadlines is recommended.

For a list of commonly-used financial aid terms, please reference the Financial Aid Definitions page.

For information about financial aid for continuing Postbac Premed Program students, visit Types of Financial Aid.

Institutional, Federal, and State Aid Deadlines

Deadline: April 1

To apply for institutional aid, students must submit the following items:

  • School of General Studies Continuing Student Scholarship Application (the GS Continuing Student Scholarship Application can be found in the Student Success Portal on the Forms tab.)
  • FAFSA (if applicable)
    U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens (e.g., permanent residents) must complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA code for Columbia University is 002707.
  • International Assessment Form (if applicable) (the International Assessment Form can be found in the Student Success Portal on the Forms tab.)
  • Planned Enrollment Form
    In order to access the Planned Enrollment Form, you will need your CUID, which consists of the letter C followed by 9 numbers. Your CUID can be found on any page in SSOL (if you do not see it, change your viewing options).

Deadline: April 1

To apply for a Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and/or the Federal Work-Study Program, students must submit the following items:

  • FAFSA
    U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens (e.g., permanent residents) must complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA code for Columbia University is 002707.
  • Planned Enrollment Form
    In order to access the Planned Enrollment Form, you will need your CUID, which consists of the letter C followed by 9 numbers. Your CUID can be found on any page in SSOL (if you do not see it, change your viewing options).

To apply for a Pell Grant and/or a federal direct loan, students must submit the following items:

  • FAFSA
    U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens (e.g., permanent residents) must complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA code for Columbia University is 002707.
  • Planned Enrollment Form
    In order to access the Planned Enrollment Form, you will need your CUID, which consists of the letter C followed by 9 numbers. Your CUID can be found on any page in SSOL (if you do not see it, change your viewing options).

For information on the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and the Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) Program, please see the Financial Aid Timeline.

Financial Aid Timeline

Federal regulations provide financial aid administrators with the authority to use their discretion or professional judgment on a case-by-case basis and with proper documentation to consider certain financial circumstances that impact a Title IV Applicant’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  For more information regarding this professional judgment review, please visit the Student Financial Services website. If you have special circumstances that you believe may qualify for such a review by our office, please schedule an appointment to discuss your applicable circumstances and to complete the necessary documentation. Please note: not all circumstances will be eligible for consideration, and not all appeals will result in additional financial assistance.

April

Students who have been awarded federal financial aid and have been selected for verification must complete the verification process no later than the last week of April of the current school year. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of all federal financial aid for the academic year.
 
Refer to the Documents section of the Online Financial Aid System to review which specific verification documents must be submitted.

Contact Information

GS Office of Educational Financing

408 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-5410
[email protected]

Hours
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Schedule an Appointment

Payment and Account Inquiries

Columbia University Student Financial Services
205 Kent Hall
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-4400
http://askus.columbia.edu

Hours
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Cashiering windows in 210 Kent Hall close at 4 p.m. daily)

Work-Study Program

Work-Study Office
210 Kent Hall
(212) 854-6232
[email protected]

Hours
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.