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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.

All applicants for first-year admission to SIPA are automatically considered for institutional fellowships and scholarships regardless of citizenship. No additional action or documentation is required.  On occasions, an award with specific donor requirements may become available and necessitate a separate application process; if that is the case, all potentially eligible admitted students will be notified with instructions.

During the spring semester of the first year of study, SIPA students have the opportunity to apply for second year funding.  Most funding to second year students is in the form of assistantships, which combine scholarship aid and a salaried part-time work obligation within SIPA.  Early each spring semester, the Office of Student Affairs will conduct an information session so that interested students can learn more about these funding opportunities, and shortly thereafter, an online assistantship applications are available.  All 2nd year SIPA students may apply.

 

 

Students interested in borrowing student loans and/or securing a Work Study position must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, which is available at www.fafsa.gov.  Student loan and/or Work Study eligibility will be determined by the SIPA Financial Aid Office, who will provide you with details about additional documentation requirements, including online promissory notes and entrance counseling; for more information, see Student Loans and Federal Aid

The process of applying for financial aid can be time consuming and complicated. But we're here to help; if you have any questions about the financial aid application process, please contact us at sipa_finaid@columbia.edu or 212-854-6216.