Educational Financing Advising

The Office of Educational Financing is the primary source of financial aid advising for students at the School of General Studies. Students who seek financial aid advising, veteran education benefits advising, and other aid-related topics are asked to make an appointment online.

Appointments are only listed if they are available. If none are listed, keep checking back for additional availability.

Note: Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, in-person advising has been canceled for the remainder of the semester. While physical spaces will be closed for the foreseeable future, financial aid advisors are available to support students virtually.

Advising Appointments

The Office of Educational Financing dedicates time each weekday morning and afternoon for student advising appointments, which are limited to 30 minutes in length. Advising appointments* can be booked two weeks in advance for the 2:30 - 4 p.m. appointments. Same day appointments** can be booked each weekday starting at 9 a.m. for appointments that day between 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Morning appointments cannot be booked in advance.

*Advising appointments are typically meant for in-depth educational counseling issues and long-term planning. These appointments are usually the best way for a student to start planning the process for managing Columbia educational costs.

Examples of questions that require an advising appointment include:

  • What if I change my enrollment level?
  • How will getting married/divorced affect my educational financing?
  • My employment status is changing – what are my options?

**Note: It is not possible to request a specific financial aid counselor for same day appointments.

U.S. Military Veteran Benefits Counseling

It is our goal in the GS Office of Educational Financing to ensure that all veteran students needing assistance, information, and counseling on both veteran-specific educational benefits and federal, state, and GS institutional aid options have efficient access to counseling. Recognizing students' busy schedules, we strive to ensure that wait times for seeing a counselor for veteran and/or financial aid concerns is kept to a minimum. To best serve students, office hours for veterans education benefits counseling are structured in a similar fashion to all office hours in the GS Office of Educational Financing. Please plan accordingly.

Schedule an Appointment

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, in-person advising has been canceled for the remainder of the semester. While physical spaces will be closed for the foreseeable future, financial aid advisors are available to support students virtually.

Appointment Availability

If you have not been assigned an Educational Financing advisor and are trying to schedule an appointment, please contact our office. 

gs_financial_aid@columbia.edu
(212) 854-5410