Financial Resources

We want to make sure that the cost of your continuing education and professional studies do not stand in the way of your goals.

Most students at the School of Continuing Education use a combination of savings, scholarships, loans, outside grants, sponsors, or employer tuition benefits to cover the cost of attendance. However you choose to finance your education, consider it an investment in your future, and know that we, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Planning, are here to help and advise you along the way.

Please contact us with any questions.

Outside Funding Sources

We strongly encourage you to research and apply for scholarship funds from outside sources to help supplement the cost of your education, including those that may be available from philanthropic, fraternal, or nonprofit organizations, or corporations. While not intended to be comprehensive, the list below will give you an idea of the types of funding opportunities available.

We encourage you to research potential scholarship opportunities early in your decision-making process to apply at the School of Continuing Education. Scholarship applications are often taken a year before the date they’re awarded.

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Private Loan Programs

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 Student Financial Services’ Graduate Private Loans webpage.

U.S. Military Veterans

The School of Continuing Education participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, an initiative authorized by the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (the Post-9/11 GI Bill®*) in which educational institutions provide eligible student veterans with a tuition waiver or grant matched by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This program supplements the base educational benefits provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as state and local government, offers additional educational assistance programs for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents.

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The Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP)

The U.S. Department of Veterans 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

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, 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. Students are notified of the status of their application prior to the start of each academic year.

    Students who received Yellow Ribbon Program funding in the prior academic year do not need to submit another YRP online application; however, in order to receive YRP funding for the upcoming semester, students must submit the Veterans Certification Request.

  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.

Contact Information:

Columbia University
School of Continuing Education
Office of Student Life and Alumni Relations
203 Lewisohn Hall, MC 4101
2970 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-0419
Fax: 212-854-4101

Columbia University
Attn: VA Certifying Official
(Eric Halperin)
202 Kent Hall, MC 9206
1150 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

For general information about veteran affairs at Columbia, please visit Columbia’s Military and Veteran Affairs website.

Additional Programs for Veterans

Based on the time and length of service, as well as current status, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces may be eligible for additional educational assistance programs offered by federal, state, and local government. For more information, please visit Columbia’s Military and Veteran Affairs website.

Contact Us

Student Financial Planning
202 Kent
Walk-In Hours: Monday–Friday 9:00AM–5:00PM

School of Continuing Education Contact
Scott Hecht
Financial Aid Officer

External websites listed on this page are provided as possible resources. The School of Continuing Education is not responsible for content on external websites and does not endorse products or services. Please note that while the University has suggested lenders, students have the right to borrow from any lender they choose.

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