Columbia Financial Aid and Educational Financing

Early Decision Timeline

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November 1

Submit your application for admission.


Receive your Columbia Student ID via e-mail.

  • All applicants will receive an application confirmation e-mail with their Columbia ID (C00…) within 30 days of submitting their admissions application.
  • Applicants who do not receive the ID message within 30 days should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions via e-mail.

November 15

Submit all financial aid application materials.

Mid-November to early December

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.


Receive your estimated financial aid eligibility letter with letter of admission.

  • Online admissions decisions and financial aid eligibility will be released in mid-December through the admissions portal.
  • The eligibility letter will be mailed to admitted students with their acceptance packets.
  • Contact our office to discuss your eligibility and available financing options.


Accept your offer of admission online through the admitted students' portal. No deposit required.