Columbia is Affordable

Columbia sign in Butler Library

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:

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.