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.

Information about Tuition and Fees, Financial Aid, and additional sources of support can be found on the following pages:
Information for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Information for international students.

The 2017-18 teaching assistantship applications can be found here.

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
More than one hundred teaching assistantships are awarded on merit, and begin at $9,000 per semester.
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.
$21,700
The average need-based award in 2017-18 is $21,700.
TRAVEL STIPENDS
Every GSAPP student will receive a travel stipend to offset required studio, conference, or thesis travel.
97%
This year 97% of those who received aid saw an increase in assistance.
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.