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All documents received after March 3 will be processed without penalty.

Please review the following Columbia financial aid policies for Combined Plan applicants:

  • Columbia is need-blind for international student applying to the Combined Plan meaning an applicant’s financial need does not affect his or her chances of admission.
  • Financial aid is available for international students, but it is limited. Students may be granted admission to the Combined Plan program but are not guaranteed funding.
  • Columbia does not guarantee that it will meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for international Combined Plan students awarded financial aid.
  • If financial aid is not awarded at the time of admission, it will not be awarded for any subsequent years.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to fulfill any unmet need in a financial aid award.  Our staff is glad to assist you with exploring your different financing options: student loans, parent loans, monthly payment plans.
  • Please understand that as grant aid is limited, a failure to submit the required financial aid forms by the deadline will greatly decrease the chance of receiving grant aid.

Please include our COVER SHEET with all documents to insure proper coding and filling.

TO LOG IN: Financial Aid Applicants must first login to https://admissions.columbia.edu/using the Columbia ID# number assigned by the Admissions Office and the student’s date of birth. Then, the applicant should select FINANCIAL AID TRACKING and follow the instructions for FIRST TIME USER.

The following information will help you determine which applications and forms you need to complete and the dates you should submit them.

2014-2015 Application Process for Combined Plan Applicants
International Students Whose Parents Live Outside the US

Required FormsHow to ApplyDue Dates

CSS Profile

Complete the 2014-2015 CSS Profile online.
CSS School Codes: 2116

Please note that sending your CSS Profile to one college costs $25; additional reports are $16 each. CSS Profile fee waivers are only available for first-time college applicants.  Columbia does not provide fee waiver codes.

Profile data will be sent electronically from CSS to Columbia so you do not need to send us copies or printouts of your application.

March 3, 2014
2013 or Most Recent Tax Returns

Submit signed copies of your and your parents’ most recently completed income tax returns (including all schedules and any business returns) to the following address:

Financial Aid & Educational Financing
Columbia University
1130 Amsterdam Avenue
100 Hamilton Hall, MC 2802
New York , NY 10027

Or FAX to 212-854-5353.

Remember to include our COVER SHEET with all documents.

If you or your parents will not file a 2013 federal tax return, you/they must submit a Student/Parent Tax Non-Filer certification (available from our Downloads page) and provide a current statement of earnings from your parents’ employers that states their yearly earnings.

All tax/income documents (if not already in English) should be officially translated into English.

March 3, 2014
CSS Noncustodial Profile (Only required if your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married.) and Noncustodial Tax Returns

If you indicated on the CSS Profile that your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, your non-custodial parent will need to complete the CSS Noncustodial Profile. You will be sent an e-mail containing a link and login instructions for the Noncustodial Profile website that you will need to forward to your noncustodial parent for completion by March 3, 2014.

Please have your noncustodial parent forward to Columbia their 2012 federal income tax return as soon as it has been completed, (including all schedules, attachments, and any business returns), preferably no later than March 1, 2013.

If you think there will be difficulty in meeting this deadline, or if you have an unusual or complicated situation, you must contact the Columbia financial aid office to discuss your extenuating circumstances.

March 3, 2014

2014-2015 Application Process for Combined Plan Applicants
International / Non-Domestic Students Whose Parents Live in the US

Please note that as a non-US Citizen or Permanent Resident you do not complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Required FormsHow to ApplyDue Dates
CSS Profile

Complete the 2014-2015 CSS Profile online.
CSS School Codes: 2116

Profile data will be sent electronically from CSS to Columbia so you do not need to send us copies or printouts of your application.

 

March 3, 2014
2013 Tax Returns & W-2 Forms

Submit signed copies of your and your parents’ 2013 federal tax returns (including all schedules, W-2 forms, and any business returns).

If you or your parents will not file a 2013 federal tax return, you/they must submit a Student/Parent Tax Non-Filer certification (available from our Downloads page) and provide a current statement of earnings from your parents’ employers that states their yearly earnings.

All tax/income documents (if not already in English) should be officially translated into English.

March 3, 2014
CSS Noncustodial Profile (Only required if your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married.) and Noncustodial Tax Returns

If you indicated on the CSS Profile that your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, your non-custodial parent will need to complete the CSS Noncustodial Profile. You will be sent an e-mail containing a link and login instructions for the Noncustodial Profile website that you will need to forward to your noncustodial parent for completion by March 3, 2014.

Please have your noncustodial parent forward to Columbia their 2013 federal income tax return as soon as it has been completed, (including all schedules, attachments, and any business returns), preferably no later than March 3, 2014.

If you think there will be difficulty in meeting this deadline, or if you have an unusual or complicated situation, you must contact the Columbia financial aid office to discuss your extenuating circumstances.

March 3, 2014