Private Scholarships and Grants

Private scholarships and grants can be excellent sources of financial assistance, and each year GS students compete successfully for a wide range of scholarship opportunities.

In addition to the list below, you may also wish to consult the list of fellowships on the GS website—while many of the fellowships listed fund graduate study, some are open to undergraduates.

Students who have Columbia email addresses can create a free account with Columbia igrad:, a financial education and wellness tool. Within iGrad, there is a scholarship search tool for outside scholarships.

Below is a partial list of scholarship opportunities, as well as websites where you can begin your scholarship search. Read all requirements carefully, and beware of scholarship scams. If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of a scholarship, please consult the GS Office of Educational Financing.

Scholarship Search Service

CollegeBoard BigFuture

General Guides

U.S. Department of Education
Official website of the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Student Aid
Federal government website offering information on planning and financing a college education, as well as tips on relocating for college, student tax benefits, etc.

Comprehensive guide to financial aid, which includes general advice for nontraditional students.