Prospective Students

Financing Your EducationProspective Students

Prospective Students

Students at the School of General Studies may be eligible to receive scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Financial aid may come from GS, federal and state governments, or private sources.

Approximately 70 percent of all GS students receive some form of financial aid. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for financial aid when completing an admissions application.

While General Studies scholarships can range from $500 to $25,000, students in their first period of enrollment will typically receive a scholarship between $7,500 and $9,000. Scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated academic achievement and are influenced by financial need. Amounts typically increase from year to year based on academic success.

Financial aid applications must be submitted by the appropriate deadlines in order to receive priority consideration.

Note: Applicants requesting consideration for financial aid are strongly encouraged to apply for admission by the Early Action deadlines (Fall: March 1; Spring: October 1).

Applying for Aid

Federal Aid

To apply for federal aid—including grants, loans, and work-study—students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the appropriate deadline. The FAFSA code for Columbia University is 002707.

Admitted students will receive information about additional application procedures in their application packets.

Institutional Aid

See Institutional Scholarships for an overview of the GS institutional aid system and application information.