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).

Use the Columbia University Mailman School code, 002707, when submitting to your FAFSA application.  Doing so ensures your FAFSA 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, students must submit a FAFSA. 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 government funding such as the Pell grant. For consideration, please submit your FAFSA as soon as possible.  You can use your last official pay stub to estimate your income. You will be able to update your application later.

**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

  • Typical merit scholarship recipients had a cumulative undegraduate grade point average of 3.75 and above.  Along with the grade point average minimum, students are also reviewed based on the overall strength of their application in comparison to their peers from the same department.  Please be aware, if you elect to submit your standardized test scores, it will not be considered for merit consideration.

  • Scholarship funds for doctoral students are merit-based and awarded through the student's academic department.  The Financial Aid Office does not award scholarship funding to Doctoral students.

  • Federal loans are available to all master's and doctoral students who complete a FAFSA and 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 offer letter on or before March 15th.

** Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all staff are currently working remotely and are not in the financial aid office.  Please email sphfinaid [at] cumc.columbia.edu for any questions, concerns, or to schedule an appointment.

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