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Continuing students must reapply for financial aid each academic year. The deadline for continuing students to submit all Financial Aid Application materials is May 5th, 2014. Late financial aid applicants may be penalized by having some of their Columbia grant eligibility replaced by additional work.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have extenuating circumstances that will delay completion of your financial aid application, please contact our office before May 5th to request a deadline extension.

Students may check the status of their application online via SSOL Financial Aid System Online. Continuing student award letters will not be available until July 2014.

2014-2015 Application Process for Continuing Students
U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens

Required FormsHow to ApplyDue Dates
CSS Profile

Complete the 2014-2015 CSS Profile online if you wish to apply for institutional financial aid, including Columbia University Grant.

CSS School Codes:

  • Columbia College and Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science: 2116

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

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

May 5, 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 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 2013 federal income tax return (including all schedules, W-2 forms, and any business returns) with your IDOC packet.

May 5, 2014 
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA online so we may determine your eligibility for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant, Federal 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 familes to take advantage of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the 2014-2015 FAFSA.

If your 2014-2015 FAFSA indicates that your file has been selected for Federal Verification, you may be asked to submit additional information.

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’s Social Security Number and name submitted on the FAFSA match the SSN and the full legal name on the student’s Social Security Card.

May 5, 2014
College Board IDOC Renewal Packet

Once you have completed the CSS Profile you will receive an IDOC number directly from the College Board. There is no longer a separate Columbia Renewal Application form.  Please submit the following materials in your IDOC packet:

  • College Board IDOC Cover Sheet

  • Signed copies of parent & student 2013 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 2013 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

May 5, 2014
Outside Scholarship and External Payment Notification Form


Outside Scholarship and External Payment Form link

This form is required even if you do not have any outside scholarships or external payments to report.


May 5, 2014
Additional Information

Please feel free to submit a letter of explanation if your family has special circumstances or unusual expenses, or if you feel there are other details which will help us better understand your financial situation. Please list estimated or exact figures when explaining unusual expenses. Additional information can be submitted by mail or fax using the contact information below:

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

Fax Number
212-854-5353 (COVERSHEET).

May 5, 2014