Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about our philosophy, understanding financial need & your eligibility, as well as discovering common concerns, reviewing facts & figures and meeting our students.  We also advise you to use our Net Price Calculator to estimate how much Columbia Financial Aid your family may be eligible for.

Learn more about our generous financial aid policies on the Columbia Financial Aid Initiative FAQs page.

If you have applied or are thinking about applying to Columbia, please explore the Prospective Students FAQs: how much financial aid is available, who is eligible, etc.

If you have been recently admitted to Columbia, please explore the Admitted Students FAQs: reviewing financial aid offers from other schools, paying for books, waiving the medical insurance charges, etc.

If you are currently enrolled as Columbia student, please explore the Currently Enrolled Sudent FAQs: renewing my financial aid, being an RA, changing meal plans, etc.

If you are a parent, guardian or family member, please explore the Parents & Families FAQs: applying for financial aid in future years, billing & payment options, etc.

PLEASE NOTE: For information on financing (payment plan, student loans, parent loans), please refer to Parents & Families FAQs and review the information on our Loans & Paperwork section.

If you have suggestions for additional FAQs, please contact us.