What does it cost to attend?
Visit our Tuition and Fees page to see current costs.
When should I apply for financial aid?
FAFSA applications can be filed as early as October 1, and must be completed by February 15 for full institutional aid consideration for the Fall semester. If your program requires a supplemental application, you will be notified via email upon its release.
What sources of financial aid are available?
Most of the financial support awarded through the Mailman School is available only to United States citizens, permanent residents, and other eligible non-citizens. These include:
Institutional Aid: Need, merit and mission-based awards
Graduate Federal Loans: Stafford Unsubsidized Loans, Perkins Loans, and Graduate Plus Loans
What documents do I need to submit to be considered for "need-based" financial aid?
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (School Code: 002707)
Are half-time students eligible for financial aid?
It varies by source. At a minimum, half-time students must register for at least six credits to be considered for financial aid.
Are there any types of financial assistance that are not exclusively need-based?
Yes, these include:
Teaching Assistantships: Provided by academic departments (limited availability).
Graduate Research Assistantships: Provided by academic departments; usually not available to students during their first semester.
Department-Based Training Grants: Contact your academic department program administrator for details.
Public Health Scholars Program: Available to individuals employed by the New York City or New York State Departments of Health. For more information please contact the SphFinAid [at] columbia.edu (subject: Public%20Health%20Scholars%20Program) (Financial Aid Office).
What types of financial aid are available for international students?
While many typs of financial aid are only available to United States residents and qualified non-residents, there are several aid options for international students, including:
Graduate Research Assistantships
Countries of origin and international agencies such as the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, and Rotary International often offer scholarships for international study. See list of programs and countries offering support to international students.
Does the Financial Aid office offer advice on budgeting?
Yes, our financial aid advisors can work with you to create a budget that considers your loan amounts and expenses, and provide advice on expenditures, financial need, and loan repayment plans and programs after graduation.