Financial Aid Advising

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Financial Aid Advising

Same-Day Advising | Couseling Appointments
U.S. Military Veteran Benefits Counseling
Appointment Procedures | Contact

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.

Same-Day Advising 

The Office of Educational Financing dedicates time each weekday for same-day advising appointments. These appointments are limited to 20 minutes in length. Students can sign up for same-day advising online. Same-day appointments cannot be booked in advance; students may sign up for a slot beginning at 9 a.m. each weekday.

Same-day appointments are usually not suitable for newly-admitted students. Newly-admitted students should schedule an appointment with a financial aid advisor below.

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

Same-day appointments are usually not suitable for addressing complicated financial aid issues, which require scheduling a counseling appointment. Concerns that may be addressed in a same-day appointment include the following:

  • Quick financial aid questions (e.g., has my private loan check arrived?)
  • Clarification of a specific financial aid issue
  • Follow-up on a request or communication sent to you by the Office of Educational Financing

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?

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 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

Students are strongly encouraged to schedule their appointments onine using the links below, but may also do so by calling 212-854-5410. All appointments are held in 408 Lewisohn Hall.

Veteran Students

Note: These appointments are suitable for all veteran students, both current and newly-admitted. Newly-admitted veteran students who do not yet have a UNI may call 212-854-5410 to make an appointment.

Veteran Student Appointment Availability

Newly-Admitted Students

Note: These appointments are intended for students beginning in the fall 2019 semester. Newly-admitted veteran students should make an appointment via the Veteran Student Appointments link above.

Newly-Admitted Student Appointment Availability

Current Students

Current Student Appointment Availability

Contact

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