Columbia Financial Aid and Educational Financing

Regular Decision Timeline

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January

January 1

Submit your application for admission.

February

February to March

Receive your Columbia Student ID via email.

  • All applicants will receive an application confirmation e-mail with their Columbia ID (C00...) within 30 days of submitting their admissions application.
  • Applicants who do not receive the ID message within 30 days should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions via e-mail.

February to March

Submit all financial aid application materials by the February 15th deadline.

Late February

Track your application online.

  • Log in to the Online Financial Aid System using the Columbia ID (C00...) and the student’s date of birth.
  • Please allow 3-5 business days for documents mailed or faxed to Columbia to be processed and marked as received.
March

Late March

Receive your estimated financial aid eligibility letter with letter of admission.

  • Online admissions decisions and financial aid eligibility will be released in mid-December through the admissions portal.
  • The eligibility letter will be mailed to admitted students with their acceptance packets.
  • Contact our office to discuss your eligibility and available financing options.
April

April

Contact our office to speak with a Financial Aid Officer if you have questions about your eligibility.

May

May 2

Deposit to enroll in Columbia University.

  • The $500 deposit to hold your place in the Class of 2020 is submitted online through the admitted students’ portal.
  • If the deposit amount is a financial hardship for your family, please contact our office.