Early Decision - US Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens

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

U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens

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

Required Forms and Due DatesHow to ApplyDue Dates
2013 Tax Returns and W-2 Forms via the IDOC service 

Submit SIGNED copies of your and your parents’ 2013 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.

  • College Board IDOC Cover Sheet

  • Signed copies of Parent & Student 2013 federal income tax returns and W-2 forms. Please do not send state tax 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).

  • Additional Forms (if applicable):

    • Business/Farm tax Documents
      • Sole proprietors must submit Schedule C and/or Schedule F (Farm).
      • 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 2013 federal tax returns (personal and business) and W-2s
    • 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’ 2013 federal income taxes early. Signed copies of parent and student 2013 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 2013 federal tax return, you/they must submit a Student/Parent Tax Non-Filer certification (available from our Downloads page).

April 22, 2014 (Postmark deadline requested for ED applicants)
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 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 www.pin.ed.gov.

Please ensure that the student’s Social Security Number submitted on the FAFSA matches the Social Security Number submitted on The Common Application and the Columbia Supplement.  Please also ensure that the student’s name submitted on the FAFSA matches the full legal name on the student’s Social Security Card.

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.

April 22, 2014 (deadline requested for ED applicants)
Federal Verification Documents (if applicable)

PLEASE NOTE: Your FAFSA may be selected by the Federal Department of Education for a process know as “Federal Verification.”

If your SAR (FAFSA Student Aid Report) indicates that your submission has been selected for Federal Verification, please review the instructions at https://cc-seas.financialaid.columbia.edu/application/verification.

April 22, 2014

Federal Verification materials received after April 22 will be processed without penalty; however we will be delayed in providing an update to your need-based eligibility until the requested materials have been submitted.

CSS Profile

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

CSS School Code: 2116

Please note that sending your CSS Profile to one college costs $25; additional reports are $16 each. The CSS Profile automatically provides fee waivers for students from low-income families with limited assets.

Profile data is sent electronically from CSS to Columbia. 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 The Common Application and the Columbia Supplement.

November 15, 2013

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

2012 Tax Returns and W-2 Forms

Submit SIGNED copies of your and your parents’ 2012 federal tax returns (including all pages, all schedules, W-2 forms, and any business returns)

  • Sole proprietors must submit Schedule C and/or Schedule F (Farm).
  • 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.

via FAX (preferred) to 212-854-5353 (COVERSHEET)

or mail to the following address:

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

If you or your parents did not file a 2012 federal tax return, you/they must submit a Student/Parent Tax Non-Filer certification (available from our Downloads page).

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
Additional Information

Please feel free to send us 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 provide specific amounts of expenses and specific time-lines of any special events which you feel may affect your family’s ability to contribute towards your educational expenses.

Please send any additional information 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.

November 15, 2013