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

  • Columbia is need-blind for US Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens, meaning an applicant’s financial need does not affect his or her chances of admission.
  • Though Columbia is need-blind, we do not guarantee that we can meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted Combined Plan students.
  • 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.

Combined Plan Financial Aid Applicants may track the status of their financial aid application online by logging in with their Columbia ID#.

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

2015-2016 Application Process for Combined Plan Applicants
U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens

Required FormsHow to ApplyDue Dates

CSS Profile

Complete the 2015-2016 CSS Profile online.

CSS School Code:
Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science 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.

Please ensure that the student Social Security Number submitted on the CSS Profile matches the Social Security Number submitted on admissions application.

March 1, 2015

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA online so we may determine your eligibility for federal financial aid, including the Pell GrantFederal Work Study, and Federal Direct Student Loans.

FAFSA School Code: Columbia University: 002707

Please note that there are no costs associated with completing or submitting the FAFSA.

We strongly encourage all applicants to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when filing the FAFSA.

Be sure to sign your FAFSA either electronically with a PIN number provided by the Department of Education or by printing out and mailing a FAFSA signature sheet to the processor.  Both the student and at least one custodial parent must sign the FAFSA. More information on PIN numbers will be found at

Please ensure that the student Social Security Number submitted on the FAFSA matches the Social Security Number submitted on The Common Application and the Columbia Supplement.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who are not currently enrolled at Columbia or who are applying for admission to Columbia do not need to submit additional paperwork for the Federal Verification process at this time. If you do enroll at Columbia, our office will work with you during the summer to collect the required documentation.

March 1, 2015

2014 Tax Returns &
W-2 Forms

Submit signed copies of your and your parents’ 2014 federal tax returns (including all schedules, W-2 forms, and any business returns).

Once you have completed the CSS Profile you will receive an IDOC number directly from the College Board.Please complete an IDOC packet including all of the following information:

  • College Board IDOC Cover Sheet
  • Signed copies of parent & student 2014 federal income tax returns and W-2 forms: all pages, all schedules, all attachments.

    Please do not send state tax returns.

    If either you and/or your parents will not file a 2014 federal tax return, you must submit a Parent Non-Filer certification and/or a Student Non-Filer certification.

  • Additional Forms:
    • Business/Farm tax Documents
      • Sole proprietors must submit Schedule C and/or Schedule F (Farm).
      • Corporations and S-Corporations must submit K-1s, as well as the complete federal 1120/1120-S returns.
      • Partnerships must submit K-1s, as well as the complete federal 1065 returns.
    • Noncustodial Parent tax return and W-2s (both business and personal).
    • Letter of special circumstances

Mail to:
The College Board IDOC
PO Box 4017
Mount Vernon, IL 62864

The Financial Aid Office strongly encourages you to complete your and your parents’ 2014 federal income taxes in February. Signed copies of parent and student 2014 federal income tax returns and W-2 forms are required for verification of the information which you report on the financial aid application forms.

If you or your parents will not file a 2014 federal tax return, you/they must submit a Student/Parent Tax Non-Filer certification (available from our Downloads page).

If 2014 federal income taxes are not available by March 1, 2015, please submit 2014 W-2 forms and 2013 federal income tax returns (personal and business returns: including all schedules and W-2 forms) directly to our office via FAX at 212-854-5353. Please use our COVER SHEET for all documents you submit to our office to insure proper coding and filing. Please note that a financial aid award will not be finalized until the 2014 federal income tax returns have been reviewed by the Columbia financial aid office.

Please do NOT send state income tax returns.

March 1, 2015

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 then your non-custodial parent will need to complete the CSS Noncustodial Profile. You will be sent an e-mail which will contain a link and login instructions for the Noncustodial Profile website that you will need to forward to your noncustodial parent.

In addition, your noncustodial parent must send a copy of their 2014 tax returns (personal and business; all pages, all schedules and W-2s) as part of the IDOC packet (see above).

If you think there will be difficulty in meeting this deadline, you must contact the financial aid office to discuss your extenuating circumstances.

March 1, 2015