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COVID-19 Financial Aid Updates

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Summer 2020 Earnings Grant

In response to the challenges of securing summer employment this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students may apply for a special one-time Summer Earnings Grant that will offset the traditional summer earnings expectation component of financial aid packages for the 2020-2021 academic year. The grant application process is open to all incoming students and continuing undergraduates for whom summer employment may no longer be possible, due to the COVID-19 impact or restrictions. Learn more and apply here.

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 Credits

Housing and Dining credits were issued to students who have moved out of the Columbia Residence Halls. For students on Columbia financial aid, part of their original housing and dining costs were covered by financial aid. In acknowledgement of this, the credits for students on financial aid were reduced proportional to the amount of the costs that were initially covered with Columbia grants. Columbia also ensured that regardless of how much of a student's Housing and Dining credits were covered by financial aid that all students due a Housing or Dining credit received at least $1,200. These credits are now posted on students' SSOL accounts.

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.

The deadline for Summer 2020 WEP applications has been extended to Friday, May 15th at noon.

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 17th. 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.