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Financial Aid

Financial Aid Available through GSAPP

Scholarships
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, Certificate in Conservation or Introduction to Architecture programs are not eligible.


NEW STUDENTS

The need-based scholarship should be completed and submitted online through the Apply Yourself 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, MSAAD-GM, MSAUD or MSRED programs will be divided and disbursed evenly over the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. 


CONTINUING STUDENTS

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.

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 late May.  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).

Assistantships are not guaranteed at the time of admission and cannot be applied for in advance. 

Financial Aid Available outside GSAPP

Federal Aid
Those interested in federal student 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 the Federal Student Aid Program at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by phone 1-800-433-3243, or Columbia University Financial Aid, 202 Kent Hall, NY, NY 10027 (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, MSAAD-GM, MSAUD and MSRED programs that begin in the Summer) should complete the FAFSA application for the upcoming academic year only.

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

Fellowships
Columbia University offers a limited number of need-based instutitional 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