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Financing a SIPA Education

For more than 60 years, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs has been educating professionals who work in public, private and nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the world.  The SIPA Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping all students explore all available means of helping to finance their education.

Direct funding at SIPA – fellowships, scholarships and assistantships – is competitive and not available to all admitted or enrolled students, but we encourage everyone to apply for this funding.  Most awards to first year students are in the form of fellowships or scholarships that include no employment component, and they are only available to a limited number of the most outstanding candidates for admission.  A much larger percentage of our second year students are awarded aid, mostly in the form of assistantships that do include an employment obligation.

Some SIPA students also rely on student loans as part of their financing strategy, while others are able to secure funding from outside sources, including private charitable foundations, their employer, the government in their home country or professional associations and organizations.  Whatever your financing plan will be, the SIPA Financial Aid Office staff is dedicated to working with you to help you reach your goals.

Contact us at 212-854-6216 or  We are located at 514 W 113th St, New York, NY 10025.

David Sheridan, Director of Financial Aid

Claudio Vargas, Financial Aid Officer

Rory Placa, Financial Aid Officer


SIPA and Columbia Funding
Learn about the types of financial aid available to SIPA students, both from SIPA directly and other funds made available University-wide.
Cost of Attendance
Regardless of what type of financial aid you receive or in what amount, start with a financial plan.
Billing and Payments
Information for how and when Columbia University bills students for tuition and collects payment.
Applying for Aid
Financial aid is a wide-ranging term that encompasses fellowship and scholarships - which may be administered by SIPA or an outside organization - work study jobs, and loans from the federal government or other sources. Application processes vary for the different forms of assistance available.
Student Loans and Federal Aid
Learn about student loans and Work Study available to US citizens and permanent residents, including important information about student loan repayment options.
FInancial Aid Eligibility
What is eligibility for different types of financial aid based on? Some types look at academic and professional credentials, others have citizenship requirements; click here for more information.
External Funding Sources
Many SIPA students receive aid from outside sources such as charitable or professional organizations, their employers, philanthropic groups, or agencies in their own countries. This section includes a comprehensive searchable database of such resources and links to scholarship search engines.
International Students
Some information that can be helpful in planning to pay for your education if you are coming to SIPA from outside the US.
Dual Degree Students
Information for students pursuing degrees both at SIPA and another school within Columbia University, or with other partner schools around the world.
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