Tuition and Financing (2023)

Tuition and fees vary by program, are subject to change annually, and are approved by the Board of Directors each spring. You can see the pricing for your specific program on the individual program pagesHere.

payment procedure

Funding for additional and professional studies is a great investment in a student's future. The Office of Student Affairs, in cooperation with the Office of Student Financial Planning, helps each student understand and meet the financial needs of their program. To learn more about billing schedules, payment plans and more, clickHere.

financial resources

We want to make sure the cost of your education and training doesn't get in the way of your goals.

Most students at the School of Professional Studies use a combination of savings, scholarships, loans, outside grants, sponsorships, or employer credit to cover attendance costs. Whatever you choose to finance your studies, consider it an investment in your future and know that we, in cooperation with the Student Financing Office, are at your side to advise and support you.

Please start planning your study finance as soon as possible and check the additional information in theStudent Financial Planning Office. We recommend that you get in touch with them.sfp[[no]]Colombia[[To point]]Education(Student Financial Planning Team)asking.

Columbia University employees may be eligible to receive itEnrollment Exemption Benefitsand/or theReduced employee fee.

To check your eligibility and coverage, visitDATA, the CU Benefits Enrollment System, enter your UNI and password and select Tuition.

For information on all available student aid programs, visitstudy programs pageon the Human Resources website.

We strongly encourage you to research and apply for grants from outside sources to supplement the cost of your education, including those that may be provided by philanthropic, fraternal, or non-profit organizations or corporations. The list below is not exhaustive, but will give you an idea of ​​the types of finance available.

We encourage you to research potential scholarship opportunities early on to apply to the School of Professional Studies. Grant applications are usually submitted one year before they are awarded.

free databases

These databases are maintained by other institutions but are publicly searchable.

Subscription-based databases

Columbia students have access to these databases of funding opportunities through university subscriptions.

Other Resources

To be considered for federal loans and federal labor studies, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and plan to enroll at least part-time - at least six credits per semester. If you are interested in applying for government student aid, you must complete a FAFSA form for eligibility assessment. Other requirements apply to credit quality. If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, you can apply for private/alternative education loans or find outside funding sources (see above).

For more information about federal loans, seeFederal Aid for Graduates in Student Financial Services website.

The application and evaluation process:

1. dieFree Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)it is a federal form required for granting federal grants. To complete a FAFSA, you will need:

  • a social security number,
  • A driver's license,
  • income tax refund,
  • bank statements and
  • investment documents.

Columbia University's Federal School Code is 002707.

2.Approximately three to four weeks after completing the FAFSA, you will receive a Federal Student Aid Report. The university receives the same information directly from the US Department of Education.

3.Student finance will review your FAFSA data, advise you of your loan eligibility, and guide you through the application process.

federal work study

The Federal Work-Study Program was created by Congress to help US citizens and permanent residents who must work to meet their education costs. Eligibility for this program is based on financial need determined by a federally mandated needs assessment, which requires the FAFSA. Students must be at least half enrolled (at least six credits per semester) in a graduate degree to be considered.

Each year, Columbia students fill many on-campus positions, as well as positions in off-campus public and non-profit organizations, through funds allocated to this program. Under the study and work program, a percentage of a student's income is paid out of federal funds, with the remainder paid by the student's employer. Students can earn salaries up to the amount listed on their scholarship letter. Work-study wages do not appear on the student's university eBill; Instead, the student earns a paycheck.

To begin the application process, students must complete and submit theFree Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application must be completed each year. In the List of Schools section of the form (Step 6), enter 002707 as the Federal School Code for the university.

You can find more information about the part-time federal degree program atStudent financial services job study website.

All students at the School of Professional Studies can obtain a private loan to cover their educational expenses. For information on alternative educational loans, visitPrivate Loans Website for Student Financial Services Graduates.

The School of Professional Studies participatesthe Yellow Belt program., an initiative authorized by the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (the Post-9/11 GI Bill®*) whereby educational institutions provide qualified veteran students with a US-approved tuition waiver or stipend. Department of Veterans Affairs is adjusted. This program supplements the core educational benefits of the post-9/11 GI Bill®.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs and state and local governments provide additional educational assistance programs for US military veterans and their dependents.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs provides significant financial assistance opportunities to students who served in the US military after September 11, 2001, and to the families of those veterans.

Through a new initiative passed under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, higher education institutions can grant eligible veteran students a US-approved waiver or waiver. The Department of Veterans Affairs has been added. Known as the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP), this program extends the key benefits of the post-9/11 GI Bill®. For more information on invoice benefits and eligibility requirements, visit

The YRP application process consists of two steps:

  1. YRP online application

    Students who are qualified veterans or qualified dependents of veterans interested in benefiting from the Yellow Ribbon program must do sofill in the application online. As stipulated in the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program is determined on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is important to complete the application as early as possible. Students will be informed of the status of their application prior to the start of each academic year.

    Students who received Yellow Ribbon funding in the previous academic year are not required to submit another online YRP application; However, to receive YRP funding for the upcoming semester, students must submit the Veterans Certification Application.

  2. Veteran Certificate Application

    In addition to completing the YRP online formall semesterStudents must submit a Veteran Declaration form to Columbia's VA Certifying Officer by completing thisVeterans apply for certificationto receive VA credits for that semester.


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School of Vocational Studies

Office for Student Life and Alumni Relations

203 Lewisohn Hall, MC 4101


New York, New York 10027

Tel: 212-854-0419

Fax: 212-854-4101

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Attn: VA Certificating Official

202 Kent Hall, MC 9206

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New York, New York 10027

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For general information about Veterans Affairs in Colombia, seeColumbia Military and Veterans Affairs website.

Additional Programs for Veterans

Depending on length of service, length of service and current status, veterans of the US Armed Forces may be eligible for additional educational assistance programs offered by federal, state and local government agencies. For more information please visitColumbia Military and Veterans Affairs website.

*GI Bill® is a US registered trademark. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Administered by the Columbia Global Centers, this Columbia University scholarship program covers tuition, housing and living expenses for foreign nationals with refugee status living anywhere in the world. The fellowship is also open to individuals who are receiving asylum in the US, have applied for asylum in the US, or are under temporary protection status in the US. To qualify for this scholarship, individuals must first apply for and be admitted to an on-campus Master of Science program. (Online programs and Master of Professional Studies programs are not eligible for this scholarship.) Acceptance into any degree program does not guarantee funding through this scholarship. Details and application can be found belowColumbia University Scholarship for Displaced Persons website.

The mission of the Columbia HBCU Fellowship program is to prepare talented, high-achieving HBCU graduates to lead, innovate, generate community impact, and advance their professional industries through program engagement, mentorship, and career development opportunities. To learn more about this scholarship opportunity, visit ourHBCU Fellowship-Website.

Eligible candidates for the Wealth Management M.P.S. The 2022-2023 academic year program may apply for a full scholarship. The Wealth Management Advancing Diversity Fellowship is designed to diversify the financial advisory industry and help retain and accelerate the careers of high caliber professionals from underrepresented groups.

To apply for the scholarship, students must first qualify for the Wealth Management M.P.S. Program that must start your studies in the fall semester of 2022 and have 3 to 10 years of experience in the industry. All admitted students will receive a link to apply for the Wealth Management Advancing Diversity Fellowship; However, each admitted student must review the eligibility requirements provided in the scholarship application.

Eligibility for the Columbia Wealth Management Advancing Diversity Fellowship may include, but is not limited to, applicants from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group; identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community; identify as people with disabilities; and/or identify as female or non-binary.

To be considered for the scholarship, students must be enrolled in the M.P.S. Program until April 4, 2022. After receiving the letter of admission, admitted students can submit their scholarship applications until June 1, 2022. Scholars will be announced in early July. View the full admission processHere.

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The external sites listed on this page are provided as potential resources. The School of Professional Studies is not responsible for the content of external websites and does not endorse any product or service. Please note that although the university has suggested lenders, students are entitled to take loans from any lender of their choice.


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