Applying for Aid | Newly Admitted Undergraduate Students

Admitted students who wish to apply for federal, state, or institutional aid and have not yet done so should refer to the Prospective Students page.

Admitted students may confirm the receipt of their scholarship applications and other financial aid documents through the Columbia Online Financial Aid System. Please allow one week for processing before seeking confirmation. The Columbia Online Financial Aid System is updated in mid-March for the upcoming academic year. If you have trouble logging in, please review our step-by-step guide.

For a list of commonly-used financial aid terms, please reference the Financial Aid Definitions page.

For information about financial aid for Postbac Premed Program students, visit Types of Financial Aid.

Please complete the GS New Student Scholarship Application to be considered for School of General Studies Institutional Scholarship Awards. This application should only be used by new GS undergraduate students and applicants. Continuing students must submit the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

Spring 2021 Enrollment

Summer/Fall 2021 Enrollment

Additionally, all applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For a comprehensive look at educational financing options, please visit Types of Financial Aid.

For optimal federal-aid processing, admitted students should submit the Planned Enrollment Form as soon as possible. Federal aid will not be determined until the Planned Enrollment Form is submitted.

In order to access the Planned Enrollment Form, students will need their Columbia University Identification Number (CUID), which consists of the letter C followed by 9 numbers and is included in the acceptance packet.

Note: If you are experiencing login difficulties, review our step-by-step guide in order to properly reset your credentials and access your financial aid portal.

Students who are still in the process of planning their schedule should provide their best estimate of the number of points for which they will register. It is always possible to update the Planned Enrollment Form with final information after it has been submitted.

Newly admitted students are invited to register for an Online Financial Aid Workshop, hosted by a representative from the Office of Educational Financing. Students will receive information regarding the institutional and federal aid application processes along with an overview of the cost of attendance, student account payment options, billing due dates, and information to help understand their online financial aid and student account interactions.

Note: These sessions are reserved for students who have received an offer of admission for the upcoming semester.


Thursday, November 12, 4 - 5 p.m. ET

Wednesday, December 9, 4 - 5 p.m. ET

Postbac Premed 

Thursday, October 29, 4 - 5 p.m. ET

Tuesday, November 17, 4 - 5 p.m. ET 

Monday, December 7, 4 - 5 p.m. ET

New York State Residents

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is administered by the Higher Education Services Corporation. For full details on eligibility and the application process please visit the NYS HESC website.

Part-Time Students

Part-time students who are NYS residents will be notified about the Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) application each semester.

Contact Information

GS Office of Educational Financing

408 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-5410

Monday, Tuesday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Schedule an Appointment

Payment and Account Inquiries

Columbia University Student Financial Services
205 Kent Hall
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-4400

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Cashiering windows in 210 Kent Hall close at 4 p.m. daily)

Work-Study Program

Work-Study Office
210 Kent Hall
(212) 854-6232

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.