Financial Aid

Financial Aid Available through GSAPP

Partial scholarships are available directly through the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for students enrolled in degree programs and the Shape of Two Cities: New York / Paris Program.  Scholarships are entirely need-based and as such are limited to US Citizens and Permanent Residents, for whom the GSAPP is able to verify need.  At this time, international students and applicants to the Special Student, Visiting Scholar, or Introduction to Architecture programs are not eligible.


The need-based scholarship should be completed and submitted online through the ApplyYourself application system. 

A complete scholarship application will include detailed answers to the online Scholarship Questionnaire as well as copies of the most recent IRS 1040 tax forms from applicants, spouses, and the applicant’s parents, regardless of dependency status. These forms may be uploaded directly into the application.  Incomplete scholarship forms may not be reviewed.  For detailed instructions, please see the Scholarship section of the online application. 

The deadline for the need-based scholarship is the same as the application deadline.  Applicants for need-based aid will be notified of their award in their letter of admission.  

Need-based scholarship awards are for the entire academic year and will be divided and disbursed evenly over the Fall and Spring semesters for students in the MARCH, MSUP, MSHP, MSCCCP and NYP Programs.  Scholarships for students enrolled in the MSAAD, MSAUD or MSRED programs will be divided and disbursed evenly over the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. 


Applicants who were not awarded a scholarship during their first year are welcome to reapply in subsequent years.  All current scholarship recipients will be asked to submit a new scholarship application yearly.

Scholarship applications for continuing students must be completed and submitted in hardcopy.  A complete application includes copies of the most recent IRS 1040 tax forms from applicants, spouses, and the applicant’s parents, regardless of dependency status.  Incomplete forms may not be considered for need-based aid. 

Scholarship forms will be made available to all continuing students on February 1st and should be returned to the Admissions Office by April 15th.

Notification of scholarship awards for continuing students will be released by July 15th.

Merit-based Assistantships
The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation offers a limited number of teaching and research assistantships to all students enrolled in fulltime degree programs. 

Selected candidates will be granted tuition awards (maximum half tuition) and monthly stipends.  Remuneration will vary based on the position.  Tuition awards will be applied directly to the student's account.  

The assignment of assistantships will be made on the basis of qualifications for each position. In cases where two or more applicants are determined to be equally qualified, preference may be given to the most financially needy applicant. Please note these are merit-based positions; consequently preference is given to those who have experience in the course or subject-matter. Students are only eligible for one position per semester.

A complete list of available positions is released to all students by the Dean's Office in June.  Applications are typically due the following month and students will be notified of their candidacy in late July. Positions are typically for the Fall and/or Spring terms (Summer term appointments are rare).

Limited merit-based assistantships are also guaranteed at the time of admission. All applicants are eligible and are automatically reviewed by the admission's committees. These assistantships are promised with the admissions letter.

Merit-based Fellowships

Merit-based fellowships are available directly through the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for students enrolling in degree programs. All applicants, international and U.S. are eligible. All applicants are automatically reviewed by the admission's committees, consequently there is no separate application. All merit-based fellowships are promised with the admission letter. 

Travel Stipends 

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation offers travel stipends to offset travel expenses associated with required classes.

Financial Aid Available outside GSAPP

Federal Aid
Students interested in federal financial aid (loans and/or work study) should submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Please use FAFSA code is 002707. Information on federal aid can be obtained by contacting Columbia University Financial Aid, 202 Kent Hall, or calling  (212) 854-7040.

Please note that although there is no official deadline for the FAFSA, Columbia University Student Financial Planning requires 4-6 weeks to prepare a Financial Aid Package. Applicants should plan accordingly if they wish to receive notice of federal funding by April 1st.

All degree candidates (including those in the MSAAD, MSAUD and MSRED programs that begin in the Summer) should complete the FAFSA application for the upcoming academic year only.

All Loans
Students interested in additional loan funding (such as the Graduate Plus Loan) should consult the Student Financial Planning Office Graduate Financial Aid website (see HERE) in order to obtain information about private loan eligibility, borrowing limits, interest rates, fees and disbursement.

Columbia University offers a limited number of need-based institutional awards for graduate students.  Applications are accepted from current students or those who plan to matriculate in the Fall.  The submission deadline for these awards is determined by the University Provost's Office (typically June 1st).

For more information and a complete list of available fellowships, please visit: http://sfs.columbia.edu/grad-institutional-aid

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