How to Apply

Most students finance their education through a combination of student loans (federal and private), grants, and their own resources. To determine eligibility for both federal aid and institutional assistance administered by the Financial Aid Office (FAO), please complete and submit the below documents:

Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

If you intend to apply for financial aid you must:

  • Complete a FAFSA (International students are ineligible).

  • Submit parent information for FAFSA.

Use the Mailman School code (002707) when submitting to ensure your FAFSA application is transmitted to the School electronically. You can begin completing your FAFSA as early as October 1. The deadline to submit your FAFSA is February 15. Do not wait until you complete your taxes to file your FAFSA. You can use your last official pay stub to estimate your income. You will be able to update your application later. If you submit your FAFSA after February 15, you will still be considered for need-based grants, however, students who submit on or before the deadline will receive priority.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants

There are many special scholarships, fellowships, and grants available to qualified graduate students. Review the complete list, including application requirements.

Additional Financial Aid Information

  • Need-based scholarships are available to full-time master's degree students (and requires acceptance of the full Direct Unsubsidized loan).

  • Scholarship funds for doctoral students are merit-based and accessed through the student's academic department.

  • Federal loans are available to all master's and DrPH students

Students that have provided all required information at the time of admission will receive a financial aid award letter with their offer of admission, or shortly thereafter.

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

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