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We understand that navigating the financial aid process is different for each family, and our office is ready to assist you along the way.  If, after reading through our website, you have questions or need additional assistance, please call us at 212-854-3711 or email us at ugrad-finaid@columbia.edu so that one of our staff members can help you.

Please click on the links to the left for detailed instructions for each application cycle.

Though we prefer to receive your documents via IDOC, you may submit your taxes and financial documentation via FAX to 212-854-5353.  Please use our FAX Coversheets.

You may also mail documents and/or updated information to:

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

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept tax documents via email.

 As you apply for need-based financial aid, please keep the following in mind:

  • Read all application instructions carefully and completely.
  • Be sure to meet all deadlines. Need-based institutional aid can be guaranteed only to students who meet deadlines for all forms.
  • Print the student’s name and Columbia Application ID Number (starts C00…) on all documents that are submitted to the Office of Financial Aid & Educational Financing.
  • Keep copies of all documents.