Columbia Financial Aid and Educational Financing

COVID-19 Financial Aid Updates

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Emergency Funding

All undergraduates who completed the COVID-19 Emergency Funding Form for CC/SEAS undergraduates by 5:00 PM on Friday March 20th were awarded up to $500 in emergency funding to assist with travel, storage, and moving logistics.

Housing/Dining Refunds

Federal Regulations require that we make adjustments to a student's financial aid eligibility when there is a major change in their billable costs. We are working to determine exactly what that will mean for our students and will post information on this as soon as it is available. Regardless of the ultimate decision on how a reduction in housing and meal plan costs will impact your financial aid, you should make decisions based on your own personal health and safety.

Work Exemption Program

Recipients of a Spring WEP grant will be able to keep their award, even if they are no longer able to work at the position that qualified them for WEP. Spring WEP grant recipients should still plan to submit their reflection project per the guidelines on the Courseworks site.

Federal Work-Study/Casual Employment

The University confirms its commitment to compensate you at your existing pay rate, through May 15th. University departments and units have been given guidance to compensate you based on the hours that represent your regular schedule. For students on work-study, this compensation will be up to the amount of your work-study award.

If your department informed you that they won't be paying you if you are not here able to work, send any communications that you have noting this to with the subject line: WORKSTUDY EMPLOYER ISSUE. We will reach out through the appropriate offices to ensure that the department is aware that this is not optional.

Contacting Our Office

Financial Aid and Educational Financing will be open to students on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17. Beginning on Wednesday, March 18th, we will be moving to a remote structure. You can reach us by e-mailing or by requesting a Virtual Appointment.