Finance Your Education
Financing continuing education and professional studies is a challenge and a major investment in a student's future. The majority of our students use a combination of personal savings, scholarships, loans, outside grants, sponsors, or employer tuition benefits to cover the cost of attendance. The School of Continuing Education, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Planning, works with each student to meet the financial needs of their programs' student budget.
We realize that financing a graduate education can be a challenge. We also realize that you’ve come to SCE to do important work. Our job is to help you make sure that the cost of a graduate degree will not stand in the way of your goals.
Information about the financial aid process is detailed below. Please familiarize yourself with this information and feel free to contact the Office of Student Financial Planning if you have questions. We look forward to working with you as you continue your education.
Student Financial Planning
Walk-In: Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM
School of Continuing Education Contact
Assistant Director Phone: 212-851-9130
Federal Direct Stafford Loan
Students enrolled in SCE programs may be eligible for the Federal Direct Stafford Loan. To be considered for the loan, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States and plan to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis (at least six points per term). Other requirements apply for loan eligibility.
Graduate Students enrolled at least half time in an approved program are eligible to receive federal loans in the amount of $20,500.00 an academic year.
For information on Federal Direct Stafford Loans, visit: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/sfs.
- Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In the school listing section of the form (Step 6), enter 002707 as the University’s Federal School code.
- Approximately three to four weeks after filing the FAFSA, the student will receive a Federal Student Aid Report and the University will receive the same information directly from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Student Financial Planning will then review the FAFSA data, inform the student of his or her eligibility for the loan, and provide information on application procedures.
All School of Continuing Education students may arrange a private loan to help cover their educational expenses. For information on alternative education loans, please visit: www.columbia.edu/cu/sfs/docs/Grad_Fin_Aid/Private_Loans.
U.S. Military Veterans
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, as well as state and local government, offers a number of educational assistance programs for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents. Based on the time and length of service, as well as current status, veterans can be eligible for one or more of these programs. For more information, visit Columbia’s Veteran Affairs website: http://veteranaffairs.columbia.edu/.
The Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) for U.S. Military Veterans
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs provides significant financial aid opportunities to students who served in the U.S. Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001, as well as the dependents of these veterans.
Through a new initiative authorized by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, higher education institutions can provide eligible student veterans with a tuition waiver or grant that is matched by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This program, known as the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP), enhances the base tuition benefits provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. More information about the bill's benefits and eligibility requirements is available at http://www.gibill.va.gov/.
The School of Continuing Education participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP). Information about this program may be found here: http://veteranaffairs.columbia.edu/content/yellow-ribbon-program-1.
The YRP application process consists of two steps:
1. YRP Online Application
Students who are qualifying veterans, or the qualifying dependents of veterans, and are interested in benefiting from the Yellow Ribbon Program in the Fall 2013 semester, must complete the online application. As stipulated by 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.
The YRP Online Application for Fall 2013 will begin accepting submissions on Monday, July 1, 2013, at 9:00 A.M.
Note: Students who received YRP funding in the 2012-2013 academic year do not need to submit the YRP online application; however, in order to receive YRP funding for the Fall 2013 semester, they must submit the Veterans Certification Request, as outlined in Step 2.
2. Veterans Certification Request
In addition to completing the YRP online application, each semester students must submit a Veterans Declaration Form to Columbia’s VA Certifying Official by completing the Veterans Request Certification, in order to receive VA benefits for that semester.
School of Continuing Education
Office of Student Life and Alumni Relations
203 Lewisohn Hall, MC 4101
New York, NY 10027
Attn: VA Certifying Official
202 Kent Hall, MC 9206
1150 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
For more information about veteran affairs at Columbia more generally, please visit:www.veteranaffairs.columbia.edu.
Outside Funding Sources for Students
Students are strongly encouraged to research and apply for scholarship funds from outside sources to help supplement the cost of their education, such as those that may be available from philanthropic, fraternal or non-profit organizations as well as corporations. The list below, while not intended to be comprehensive, may give students an idea of the types of funding opportunities available.
This foundation lists information on graduate scholarships, resources, etc.
NYWICI The NYWICI Foundation, in conjunction with NYWICI, annually awards scholarships based on academic excellence, need, and involvement in the field of communications. They award up to $10,000 per scholarship.
This is a search engine that provides information and scholarships available to students pursuing higher education.
This scholarship is for students who reside or attend a higher education institution in a Congressional district represented by a Black Caucus member.
This provides funding for full-time graduate students preparing for careers in state or local government finance.
These are grants to students that are working toward a career that deals with peace and justice.
Offers interest-free loans for graduate students reaching a maximum of $15,000.
Provides an International Fellowships Program that provides fellowships for graduate students that reside outside the U.S. and lack systematic access to higher education.
This provides funding for U.S. and non U.S. graduate students that are pursuing a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
A limited number of fellowships are available to individuals for a minimum period of two years who demonstrate initiative, integrity, outstanding character, good communications skills, seriousness of purpose and enthusiasm for their chosen fields.
Several scholarships are available to essay winners.
This is a resource that provides information for financial aid, college scholarship, and grant information for U.S. and international students wishing to study abroad.
This is a scholarship for students pursuing international opportunities that promote peace and community development. You must complete the application and include requested attachments and a one and a half page essay explaining how this project will promote peace and community development or is of some other use to the country being visited. You must demonstrate a financial need.
This is a scholarship for graduate students who are completing a thesis, dissertation, or independent study relating to international integration and/or federalism.
This scholarship is for minority students studying public administration with a specific focus in government or nonprofit management.
Offers a number of fellowship and scholarship opportunities for students and professionals around the world.