Financial Aid Advising

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Financial Aid Advising

Educational Financing Counseling

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.

Counseling Appointments

Counseling appointments are typically one half-hour and are meant for in-depth educational counseling issues and long-term planning. An appointment is usually the best way for a student to start the planning process for managing Columbia educational costs. Appointments must be booked in advance.

Examples of questions that require an appointment include the following:

  • 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?

Day-of Quick Visits

The Office of Educational Financing dedicates time each weekday for day-of Quick Visits. These appointments are limited to 5-10 minutes in length. Students should sign up for Quick Visits online, and may sign up for a 10-minute slot beginning at 9 a.m. the day of that specific day's Quick Visit session.

Note: It is not possible to request a specific financial aid counselor for Quick Visits.

Quick Visits are not suitable for addressing complicated financial aid issues, which require scheduling a counseling appointment. Concerns that may be addressed in a Quick Visit include the following:

  • Quick financial aid questions (e.g., has my private loan check arrived?)
  • Clarification of a specific financial aid issue
  • Assistance with form submission

U.S. Military Veteran Benefits Counseling

It is our goal in the GS Office of Educational Financing to ensure that all students needing assistance, information, and counseling on both veteran-specific educational benefits and federal, state, and GS institutional aid options and choices have efficient access to counseling. Recognizing students' busy schedules, we want to ensure that wait time 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.

Appointment Procedures

Before making an appointment, students must have an active UNI and must either be currently enrolled or on leave from the School of General Studies.

Newly-Admitted Students

Newly-admitted students without a UNI will be unable to schedule an appointment online and should call the 408 Lewisohn Hall reception desk at 212-854-5410 to schedule an appointment.

Appointment Location

408 Lewisohn Hall

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Appointment Availability

Contact

If you are having issues with the appointment system, or need to cancel an appointment email gs_financial_aid@columbia.edu.