Financial Aid

What types of financial aid am I eligible for?
For information about different types of funding options visit the website, Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing . All prospective students should seek funding from external sources such as, scholarships offered by philanthropic or government organizations. Eligibility requirements will vary depending on the sponsor. In addition, separate applications will be required by each sponsor. To search a list of external scholarship opportunities please click here, Find A Fellowship. There are many other search sites available on the Internet.  

What types of financial aid is available from the School?
All prospective students may apply for admission with Financial Aid consideration. There is no separate application for financial aid awarded by the department. This type of Institutional Aid includes, TA or RA Assistantships and other funding support. To apply, answer the relevant questions on the application for admission. You will be notified directly by the department along with or shortly after your admission decision if you are awarded any Departmental Institutional Aid. International applicants are eligible to apply as well as domestic. International applicants are encouraged to also seek other sources of funding within their home country/government.

Domestic students may be eligible for financial aid in the form of loans from the U.S. Department of Education. Please complete a FAFSA form to find out if you qualify.

How do I apply for financial aid?
There is no separate application for Institutional Aid awarded by the department.  To apply, answer the relevant questions on the application for admission. This type of aid is awarded by the department to which you apply based on merit and the amount of funding available. It is not guaranteed with admission.  You will be notified directly if you are awarded any aid by the department along with or shortly after your admission decision.  Typically this form of aid is not available to students pursuing Master's degrees.

How will I be informed if I have received any institutional funding/aid?
You will be notified directly by the department at the same time or shortly after your admission decision is made. Initially you may be notified over e-mail or phone contact by a faculty member. If you have not been awarded aid you may receive no communication regarding funding from the department. An admission acceptance may be offered without any funding.

Are students required to pay taxes on fellowship funds they receive?
Fellowship funds may or may not be taxable, depending on how they are spent. Normally funds used to pay tuition and fees are not taxable, but funds used to pay living expenses are. Students should consult with a tax professional or check publication 970 from the IRS website http://www.irs.gov/ for more information.

If you have additional questions about funding you may email our office at: seasgradmit@columbia.edu 

 

 



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