Early Decision - International Students

2014-2015 Application Process for Early Decision Applicants for the Class of 2018 (enrolling Fall 2014)

Admission is not need-blind for International Students (see the Admissions website), meaning that the admissions committee takes into consideration how much financial aid a student requires when rendering an admissions decision. Although financial aid is available for international students, candidates should be aware that their applications are read in a more selective process than are other candidates’. Columbia admits a large number of international students who receive a substantial amount of financial aid.

The following information will help you determine which applications and forms you need to complete and the dates you should submit them. In order to submit your application materials by the November 15 due date, you may need to estimate some of the information.

Please use our COVER SHEET for all documents you submit to our office to insure proper coding and filing.

International / non-domestic citizens who are also US Permanent Residents should refer to the instructions for Eligible Non-Citizens.

2014-2015 Application Process for Early Decision Applicants
International Students Living Outside of the US

Required Forms

How to Apply

Due 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.

Please note that sending your CSS Profile to one college costs $25; additional reports are $16 each.

We use the PROFILE Form to collect accurate, consistent information and to minimize the possibility for data entry errors. If the cost associated with the PROFILE Form is going to present a significant financial burden for your family, you may request permission to use an alternative form. Please send an email to ugrad-finaid@columbia.edu that provides the following information:

  • Your full name and Columbia Application ID#
  • Your country of residency
  • The number of family members who live in your parents’ household
  • Your family’s total 2013 income from all sources in US dollars
  • The equity (value minus debt) of your family’s assets in US dollars
  • The exchange rate that you used to convert your currency to US dollars

We will review the information and respond to you by email.

PLEASE NOTE: The 2014-2015 CSS Profile will not be available for completion until ~October 2013; however, applicants may register online now for a CollegeBoard Online Student Account, if they do not already have one.

November 15, 2013

2012 or Most Recent Tax Return

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.

If a tax return is not filed in your country, please 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 but report all figures in local currency.

November 15, 2013
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 November 15.

Your noncustodial parent must send a copy of their 2012 federal income tax return (including all schedules, W-2 forms, and any business returns) directly to Columbia by November 15.

Please have your noncustodial parent forward to Columbia their 2013 federal income tax return as soon as it has been completed, (including all schedules, W-2 forms, and any business returns), preferably no later than April 22, 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.

November 15, 2013

2014-2015 Application Process for Early Decision Applicants
International / Non-Domestic Students Living In the US

Please note that as a non-US Citizen or non-US Permanent Resident, you do not complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). International / non-domestic citizens who are also US Permanent Residents should refer to the instructions for Eligible Non-Citizens.

Required Forms

How to Apply

Due 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.

Please note that sending your CSS Profile to one college costs $25; additional reports are $16 each.

PLEASE NOTE: The 2014-2015 CSS Profile will not be available for completion until ~October 2013; however, applicants may register online now for a CollegeBoard Online Student Account, if they do not already have one.

Nov 15, 2013

2012 Tax Returns & W-2 Forms

Submit signed copies of your and your parents’ 2012 federal tax returns (including all schedules, W-2 forms, 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.

If you or your parents will not file a 2012 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.

Nov 15, 2013

2013 Tax Returns & W-2 Forms

Submit signed copies of your and your parents’ 2013 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.

April 22, 2014 (deadline extended for ED applicants)

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 November 15.

Your noncustodial parent must send a copy of their 2012 federal income tax return (including all schedules, W-2 forms, and any business returns) directly to Columbia by November 15.

Please have your noncustodial parent forward to Columbia their 2013 federal income tax return as soon as it has been completed, (including all schedules, W-2 forms, and any business returns), preferably no later than April 22, 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.

Nov 15, 2013