FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

New and returning students to Columbia GSAPP benefit from increased financial aid through a range of opportunities. Need-based and merit-based funding has increased over the previous year, while additional teaching assistantships have been created.

The deadline for 2016-17 teaching assistantship applications has been extended through Sunday, August 14.

NEED BLIND
Applying for financial aid has no effect on admissions decisions. Applicants are admitted because of merit and funded because of merit and/or need.
20% INCREASE
In 2016-17, Columbia GSAPP increased the school's overall scholarship funding by 20%.
MERIT-BASED AID
All admitted students are reviewed for merit-based fellowships. Awards cover up to full tuition, the average award is half tuition. In the last two years, merit-based funding has increased by 34%.
HOUSING
32% of GSAPP students live in University subsidized housing. University housing applications are available upon admission to the school.
LOANS
The percentage of students taking out loans has been decreasing at GSAPP. In 2013-14, 38% of students borrowed funds while in 2015-16, 28% of GSAPP students had to take out loans.
MORE ASSISTANTSHIPS
Teaching assistantships are awarded on merit, and begin at $9,000 per semester. The number of teaching assistantship opportunities has increased in 2016-17.
NEED-BASED AID
US citizens and Permanent Residents may use the online application for need-based financial aid, to be submitted at the same time as the application for admission. Financial aid decisions are included in the admission letter.
$16,500
The average need-based award in 2015-16 was $16,500.
TRAVEL STIPENDS
Every GSAPP student will receive a travel stipend to offset required studio, conference, or thesis travel.
97%
97% of those who receive aid will see an increase in assistance every year. Continuing students must reapply for need-based financial aid each year.
COMPUTERS
All students enrolled in a design studio are assigned a computer with animation, modeling, and fabrication software at their desk. Students need not purchase or maintain a personal computer.
TUITION AND FEES
2016-2017 TUITION

DEGREE PROGRAMS
$26,460* per term
$1,764 per point

NEW YORK/PARIS
$17,760 per term
$ 1,184 per point

INTRO TO ARCHITECTURE
$3,552 per term
$1,184 per point

  • Full time students take between 12–19 pts. Above 19 points, students will be charged per point. The 2016–2017 cost per point is $1,764.
2016- 2017 FEES

INTERNATIONAL SERVICES CHARGE (PER TERM)
$70

TRANSCRIPT FEE (ONE TIME)
$105

UNIVERSITY FACILITIES FEE (PER TERM)
$497

HEALTH SERVICE FEE
Fall $510
Spring $510*

GOLD MEDICAL INSURANCE PLAN
Fall $1,090
Spring $1,772*

PLATINUM MEDICAL INSURANCE PLAN
Fall $1,586
Spring $2,578*

*includes Summer

Please visit the Columbia website for further information on fees: http://sfs.columbia.edu/other-fees

2016-2017 tuition and fees are pending approval by the Trustees of Columbia University.

SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS
NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS
Partial scholarships are available directly through GSAPP for students enrolled in degree programs and the New York / Paris Program. Scholarships are entirely need-based and as such are limited to US Citizens and Permanent Residents, for whom need can be veri ed. At this time, international students and applicants to the Special Student, Visiting Scholar, or Introduction to Architecture programs are not eligible.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICANTS

The need-based scholarship must be completed and submitted online through ApplyYourself. The deadline for the need-based scholarship is the same as the application deadline. Applicants for need-based aid will receive noti cation of the award in their decision letter. Applicants will not have access to the scholarship application once an application has been submitted.

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.

Need-based scholarship awards are for the entire academic year and will be divided and disbursed evenly for each semester. For students in the M. ARCH, M.S. UP, M.S. HP, MS. CCCP and NY/Paris Programs, scholarships will be disbursed evenly for the Fall and Spring semesters. For students enrolled in the M.S. AAD, M.S. AUD or M.S RED programs, scholarships will be disbursed evenly for the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters.

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 admissions committees: consequently there is no separate application. All merit-based fellowships are promised with the admission letter.
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 full-time 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.

FINANCIAL AID
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 M.S. AAD, M.S. AUD and M.S. RED 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 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 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 Offce (typically June 1st).

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

Outside Awards
Students may be eligible for a specific scholarship or grant from an outside agency. Some sources to explore are employers, unions, professional organizations, and special interest groups. Please go to the Columbia University Student Financial Services, Outside Awards page for more information