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COVID-19 Financial Aid Updates

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Fall 2021 Emergency Grant:

One-time emergency grants will be made available this fall to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering undergraduates through the school-based portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) program. Funds made available through this process may be used for expenses that arise due to the Covid-19 pandemic or to support your education.

Eligibility:

Any Columbia College and Columbia Engineering undergraduate who is currently enrolled and is a recipient of Columbia Institutional Need-Based Grants for the 2021-22 academic year may apply.

Instructions:

Please follow the application instructions carefully and review the program information on this website before you apply. Your application must be submitted by the deadline, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1 at 11:59 PM ET. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. You can find the application using the following link: Fall 2021 Emergency Grant Application

How the Grant Works:

Students who are approved to receive a grant may elect to receive the funds via direct deposit or apply the funding toward their student account.

FAQs

How will the Fall 2021 Emergency Grant funding be made available?

Funds will be made available to approved students through the disbursement option students select in their grant application – either receiving the funds through direct deposit or applying the funds toward their student account.

Will the Fall 2021 Emergency Grant affect my financial aid eligibility?

No, this funding will not affect your current or future financial aid eligibility.

When will I hear about the outcome of my application?

We anticipate that decisions will be made by late December.

How much funding can I receive from the Fall 2021 Emergency Grant?

The range for awards will be dependent on the number of applications received and level of student needs.

What if I have extenuating circumstances but do not currently receive Columbia financial aid?

Contact Financial Aid at ugrad-finaid@columbia.edu to discuss the financial aid application/appeal process. If based on their review your extenuating circumstances qualify you for need-based grants, then you will be able to apply for the one-time Fall 2021 Emergency Grant. Only students who receive need-based grants will be eligible for the Fall 2021 Emergency Grant.

Summer 2021 Earnings Grant

In recognition that some students may still not be able to secure summer employment and paid internships due to the pandemic, and that this may impact their ability to fulfill the summer earnings expectation part of their financial aid package, Columbia College and Columbia Engineering are offering the opportunity to apply for a special one-time Summer 2021 Earnings Grant. This special grant will be funded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, a federally funded program. The grant application process will be open to all incoming and continuing College or Engineering undergraduates who receive Columbia Grant-based financial aid. There is limited funding available so it may not be possible to fund all applications. The grant will help offset the summer 2021 student contribution for the 2021-22 academic year

Eligibility:

  • Students must be recipients of Columbia Institutional Need-Based Grants that include a summer work expectation (also known as the student contribution) for the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Students who have a paid job, internship or research experience that will allow them to earn their student contribution are not eligible for this special grant.

  • Resident Advisers (RA) serving during the 2021-22 academic year are ineligible for this grant since their student contribution and academic year student employment expectation will already be fulfilled with a Residential Adviser Grant.

  • University scholars may be ineligible or have reduced eligibility for this special grant depending on whether they have a student contribution for the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Students who will receive an outside scholarship, tuition benefit, or Veteran’s Benefit may be ineligible or have reduced eligibility for this special grant depending on whether their student contribution and/or academic year student employment expectation are covered for the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Current enrolled students who have been awarded a Summer 2021 Work Exemption Program (WEP) award are ineligible for this grant since their WEP grant will fulfill their student contribution.

Instructions:

Applications for this fund were required to be submitted by the deadline, Sunday, June 27 at 11:59 PM ET. Late and/or incomplete applications were not considered.

How the Grant Works:

If you are awarded the Summer 2021 Earnings Grant, it will help offset your summer earnings expectation (student contribution) component of your 2021-22 financial aid package. Students who are approved to receive a grant may elect to receive the funds via direct deposit or apply the funding toward their student account.

Special Notes:

If you have been awarded a Work Exemption Program (WEP) summer 2021 award, you are ineligible for this grant since a WEP grant would already fulfill your summer work expectation.

If you receive funding for summer opportunities from other Columbia University sources, the value of your Summer 2021 Earnings Grant may be adjusted to reflect the awarding of these other funds.

The following financial aid recipients may not be eligible to apply for the Summer 2021 Earnings Grant:

  • Resident Advisers (RA) serving during the 2021-22 Fall and Spring semesters are ineligible since student contribution and academic year student employment expectation will already be fulfilled by a Resident Adviser Grant.

  • University scholars may be ineligible or have reduced eligibility for this special grant depending on whether they have a student contribution expectation for the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Students receiving an outside scholarship, tuition benefit or Veterans Benefit may be ineligible or have reduced eligibility for this special grant depending on whether they have a student contribution and/or academic year student employment expectation for the 2021-22 academic year.

Students will not be eligible for this special grant if they have a paid summer job, internship, or research experience that allows them to meet their student contribution.

FAQs

Will the student contribution be waived?
The Summer 2021 student contribution will not be waived. Instead, an application will be available for special funding for a Summer 2021 Earnings Grant for students who will not have a paid job, internship, or research experience to fulfill their student contribution. This funding for approved applications will help offset the financial burden of the student contribution. Please note, there is limited funding available so it may not be possible to fund all applications.

How will the Summer 2021 Earnings Grant funding be made available?
Funds will be made available based on the option students select in their application. Students who are approved to receive a grant may elect to receive the funds via direct deposit or apply the funds toward their student account.

Will the Summer 2021 Earnings Grant affect my financial aid eligibility?
No, this funding will not affect your current or future financial aid eligibility.

What if I have extenuating circumstances but do not receive Columbia aid?
You can contact Financial Aid at ugrad-finaid@columbia.edu to discuss the financial aid application/appeal process. If based on their review your extenuating circumstances qualify you for need-based grants, then you will be able to apply for the special Summer 2021 Earnings Grant. Only students who receive need-based grants will be eligible for the Summer 2021 Earnings Grant.

I have chosen to live off-campus and need more money to pay for rent. How can I increase my grant?

If you need additional funding for off-campus housing, you have the option of borrowing a student loan. We are not able to award additional Columbia Grant to offset higher off-campus housing costs.

How do I check the status of my financial aid application?

You can review the status of your application requirements by logging into Columbia’s Online Financial Aid System. Once logged in, go to the Documents and Messages page and make certain that all documents required for packaging are listed as ‘Received’.

Contacting Our Office

Financial Aid and Educational Financing is open for walk-ins and phone calls. You can also reach us by e-mailing ugrad-finaid@columbia.edu or by requesting a Virtual Appointment.