Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is dedicated to identifying the best sources of financial support for Mailman School students. Financial aid packages can include a combination of institutional funds, loans, and student employment opportunities.

Awards are based on the expected student contribution and the standard student budget, which is created each academic year to account for variable costs. Students should evaluate the standard budget when planning for the upcoming academic year.

When calculating the student budget, special accommodations may be made for students with additional expenses like child care or a computer purchase. Students should inform the Financial Aid Office in writing with suitable documentation and set up a meeting with the fb2173 [at] columbia.edu (Associate Director of Financial Aid) to discuss. Note: It is very uncommon for financial aid to make accommodations for anything other than rent expenses, a one-time purchase of a computer, or child care.

For information on tuition and fees please visit our Tuition and Fees page to see current costs.

For any tuition and billing related inquiries please contact Student Financial Services at 212-342-4790 or visit this page.

**In order to keep any institutional need based grant you must accept the full federal Unsubsidized Loan.

Develop a Budget

There are five steps involved in developing your in-school budget:

  1. Identify your financial goals (i.e. what you need vs. what you want)

  2. Calculate your non-loan financial resources (i.e. grants, jobs)

  3. Estimate your education expenses (i.e. tuition/fees, books, supplies, etc.)

  4. Estimate your living expenses (renting vs. housing)

  5. Do the math. A deficit, if any, represents the amount you may need to borrow.

For any related questions or information on waiving your health insurance fee, please contact Student Health Services at 212-305-3400 or visit the Student Handbook.

Savings

It is important that you build up some form of liquid savings that can be used prior to arriving on campus. This will help you cover initial costs such as first month's rent, security deposits, moving expenses, etc., while waiting for your financial aid to deposit into your student account.

All students who enroll in a degree program must arrive in New York City with at least one month of living expenses (preferably two), as the federal loan disbursement process does not take place until two weeks into the start of every semester.

If you have any further questions or concerns please contact us at 212-305-4113 or sphfinaid [at] columbia.edu (email us).