Regular Decision - International

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

All documents received after March 3 will be processed without penalty.

Please review the following Columbia financial aid policies for International Regular Decision applicants:

  • 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’.
  • If financial aid is not awarded at the time of admission, it will not be awarded for any subsequent years.
  • 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 March 3rd due date, you may need to estimate some of the information.

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

Please include our COVER SHEET with all documents to insure proper coding and filling.

TO LOG IN: Financial Aid Applicants must first login to https://admissions.columbia.edu/using the Columbia ID# number assigned by the Admissions Office and the student’s date of birth. Then, the applicant should select FINANCIAL AID TRACKING and follow the instructions for FIRST TIME USER.

2014-2015 Application Process for Regular Decision Applicants
International Students Whose Parents Live Outside the US

Required FormsHow to ApplyDue 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.

March 3, 2014

Most Recent Tax Returns

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.

Remember to include our COVER SHEET with all documents.

If a tax return is not filed in your country, please provide a current statement of earnings from your parents’ employers that state their yearly earnings.

All tax/income documents (if not already in English) should be translated into English but report all figures in local currency.

March 3, 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, 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 March 3.

Please have your noncustodial parent forward to Columbia their 2013 federal income tax return as soon as it has been completed, (including all schedules, attachments, and any business returns), preferably no later than March 3, 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.

March 3, 2014

2014-2015 Application Process for Regular Decision Applicants
International / Non-Domestic Students Whose Parents Live Inside the US

Please note that as a non-US Citizen or Permanent Resident you do not complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Required FormsHow to ApplyDue Dates

CSS Profile

Complete the 2014-2015 CSS Profile online.

CSS School Codes: 2116

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

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

March 3, 2014

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) 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.

Remember to include our COVER SHEET with all documents.

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.

If 2013 federal income taxes are not available by March 3, 2014, please submit 2013 W-2 forms and 2012 federal income tax returns (personal and business returns: including all schedules and W-2 forms). Please note that a financial aid award will not be finalized until the 2013 federal income tax returns have been reviewed by the Columbia financial aid office.

Please do NOT send state income tax returns.

March 3, 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, 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 March 3.

Please have your noncustodial parent forward to Columbia their 2013 federal income tax return as soon as it has been completed, (including all schedules, attachments, and any business returns), preferably no later than March 3, 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.

March 3, 2014