Columbia University is one of the most diverse college campuses nationwide, with a long history of civic engagement, activism and access. With one of the most generous financial aid programs in the nation, Columbia University is committed to meeting 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all students admitted as first-years or transfer students pursuing their first degree, without loans and regardless of citizenship status.
Learn about Columbia’s Financial Aid Philosophy:
- Columbia is need-blind for US Citizens, Eligible Non-citizens and undocumented students, offering grants and student work based on your family’s ability to pay. The Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing works with you to ensure that your financial need is met for all four years of study
- Estimate your eligibility: Get a customized preview of how much financial aid you may be eligible to receive at Columbia by using our Net Price Calculator. This is a helpful starting point for you to see how Columbia may interpret your family’s financial circumstances and calculate your financial need.
- Begin your application: Using the College Board’s CSS Profile, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and federal income tax returns and W2s from you and your parents, we can gain a full understanding of your family’s finances so we can support you throughout your time at Columbia. Make sure to keep track of our admissions and financial aid dates and deadlines and learn about our application fee waiver.
- Spend some time on the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing’s website to learn more about financial aid terminology and about how Columbia creates packages for our students.
Considering this sampling of financial resources:
- Work Exemption Program: Designed to enable financial aid recipients to take advantage of unpaid experiential learning opportunities, accepted participants receive a Columbia Grant to support their pursuit of internships, research projects, and community outreach.
- Laundry facilities within Columbia residence halls are available free of charge.
- Students can choose from among hundreds of on-campus jobs, including Federal Work-Study opportunities.
- Your financial aid travels with you when you study abroad.