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. In order to be considered for need-based grants, you must submit the FASFA by January 15th. To be considered for need-based grants you must have an expected family contribution (EFC) below $10,000, have borrowed Federal Direct Subsidized loans and received goverment funding such as the Pell grant. The deadline to submit your FAFSA is January 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 January 15, you will still be considered for need-based grants, however, students who submit on or before the deadline will receive priority.

**We will only receive your FASFA if you have been admitted into the program and provided your social security number on your SOPHAS application. 

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

  • Merit-based scholarships are available to full-time master's degree students and requires a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.75 or higher, and score above the 80th percentile on all sections of your standarized test (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, ect). 

  • 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 doctoral students as long as you maintain eligibility. 

Financial Aid award letters are sent only to students who have been admitted into the program. Students that have provided all required information at the time of admission will receive a financial aid award letter soon after receiving an acceptance letter.

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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