Financing Your Education

The Office of Financial Aid implements school policies relating to graduate financial aid. The staff supplies students with information on funding from Columbia or outside sources, calculating financial need, and the allocation of available funds for both incoming and continuing students. Staff members help students and departments understand the financial aid programs.

This office is also responsible for the administration of many external awards made by outside agencies as well as for the processing of all federal loan and Work-Study applications.

Please find a list of financial aid resources below.

Key Contacts

Office of Financial Aid
Columbia University
107 Low Library, MC 4304
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-3808
[email protected]

PhD students, please see here for GSAS Office of Financial Aid Contacts by academic department.

Master's students, please see here for your departmental scholarship contact.

Financial Aid Toolkit


Cost of Attendance

The following is the estimated cost of attendance for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Billing and Payments

Students are billed for tuition, fees, and other charges at the start of each term.

Guide to Requesting Loans and/or Federal Work-Study

This page provides information on the steps required to borrow loans.

Financing Information for MA Students

Scholarship funding opportunities for MA students are limited, but there are various potential financing options.

Student Employment

Students who wish to work while they study at GSAS may pursue work-study or non-work-study positions.

Loan FAQs

This article will help you navigate obtaining education financing through loans.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Significant financial aid is on offer to students and their dependents who served in the US Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001.

Tax Information for Students

Not constituting tax advice, this is general information for students on where and how they are subject to taxation.

Tax Information for International Students

Learn about the tax rules that apply to international graduate students.

Forms for Students

Download forms related to student affairs and financial aid.

Fall Salary Advance Requests

Information for salaried PhD and DMA students needing an advance on their fall funding.


Fellowship Information for Doctoral Students

Fellowships are awarded for demonstrated academic merit in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success.

Internal Fellowships

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences administers a number of fellowships internally.

External Fellowships

Applying for external fellowships can aid both in clarifying the aims of a research project and in the cultivation of grant-writing skills.

Upcoming Fellowship and Award Opportunities

Return to this page regularly to view upcoming opportunities, deadlines, and eligibility information.

Summer Funding Opportunities

This page contains a sample of summer funding opportunities for graduate students.