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Resident Adviser Program

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As a Resident Adviser, I had the opportunity to coordinate and subsidize events such as attending comedy clubs, kayaking on the Hudson, and lunch outings. I'm proud to have made the NYC experience open to more people. Having the Resident Adviser grant allowed me to worry less about my own work/school balance, and devote more time to planning programs or giving advice to my residents.

Kevin V
Kevin V

Students who serve as a Resident Adviser (RA) receive a $600 stipend over the course of the academic year from the Office of Residential Programs, and the benefit of a free room/no housing charge. Additionally, RAs who are Columbia Grant recipients will be eligible for a Resident Adviser Grant from the Office of Financial Aid & Educational Financing.

Resident Adviser Grant

Resident Advisers who qualify for Columbia Grant are eligible to receive a Resident Adviser Grant. The estimated Cost of Attendance will no longer reflect an allocation for housing since RAs are not charged for this expense. The standard Student Contribution and the standard In-School Work Expectation will be replaced with a Resident Adviser Grant. The Resident Adviser Grant will disburse evenly between the Fall and Spring semester and will be applied to your bill.

Your eligibility for the Resident Adviser Grant may be reduced if your In-School Work Expectation and/or your Student Contribution have already been reduced or eliminated due to another program or source of external funding (e.g. WEP Grant, outside scholarship, employee tuition benefit, etc.).