Students do not pay tuition during their glide year, however, students who are receiving a committee letter in support of their applications will automatically be registered for Maintenance of Status (fee associated) for both terms of their glide year, unless they are enrolled in Columbia courses which will also satisfy this requirement.

All students interested in federal aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


No, the FAFSA may be completed with estimated tax information. Once your tax return has been completed, the FAFSA should be updated with the correct information.

The U.S. Department of Education, for federal aid purposes, defines an independent student as someone who meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • At least 24 years old;
  • Married;
  • A veteran or member of the U.S. armed forces;
  • An orphan;
  • A ward of the court;
  • Someone with legal dependents other than a spouse.

Refer to Step 1 of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for more details.

Yes, it is possible to receive a GS scholarship for only one semester of a given academic year. However, please note that institutional aid is determined for the entire academic year based on applications received by the deadlines published in Postbac Announcements. For example, if you are taking the fall semester off, you should still apply by the deadlines published in the spring semester.

Yes. It is better to apply and let the Scholarship Committee make a decision than to decide for yourself that you are not eligible.

This question can best be answered on a case-by-case basis. Please make an appointment to speak with a financial aid counselor in the Office of Educational Financing: 408 Lewisohn Hall; 212-854-5410. For more information, you may also consult the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

The American Opportunity Tax Credit (formerly called the Hope Scholarship) is a federal tax credit program, for which there is no application. In certain enrollment, income, and tax situations, students or their families may receive tax benefits for tuition paid. For more information, visit the IRS website.

Depending on the circumstances of your admission and enrollment, and current Federal Direct Loan status, funding may be available. Students who are interested in financial aid for the summer should make an appointment with the Office of Educational Financing prior to the summer term to review available options.