Columbia Financial Aid and Educational Financing

Continuing Student Timeline

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January to May

Submit all financial aid application materials.


February to September

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.

Late June by the end of July

Receive your financial aid eligibility letter.

  • Eligibility letters will be sent via e-mail starting at the end of June on an ongoing basis.
  • Letters may be delayed to the end of July for students who submit materials after the May 5 priority deadline.
  • Please contact our office to request a deadline extension.

July to August

Make a financing plan.


August 14

1st Fall E-Bill is emailed.


September 22

1st Fall E-Bill is due.