Emergency Aid Parameters

  • Application is available September 15th – May 1st, subject to the availability of funds.
  • Awards range from microgrant stipends of no more than $1,000 or tuition credits toward unpaid balances of up to $10,000.
  • No student receives more than $10,000 during their entire enrollment at SIPA.
  • Processing of stipends typically takes 3-5 business days after initially posted, and with direct deposit, timing also depends on procedures at the student’s bank.
  • Tuition grants are typically credited to students’ accounts 24-48 hours from the time they are initially posted.
  • Decisions are made within 2 weeks from the submission of a completed application.
  • Decisions are final; not subject to appeal.

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently in residence at SIPA and enrolled in a SIPA degree program at Columbia University in New York City and in good academic standing (3.0 or higher).
  • Facing unanticipated and unforeseeable financial hardship resulting from a legitimate emergency/catastrophic event.
  • Exhausted all other financial resources, including loans.
  • Students who are US citizens or permanent residents must have a completed FAFSA for the current academic year on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Met in person with SIPA Advising Dean to discuss need for emergency funds.
  • Met in person with Financial Aid Officer to discuss need for emergency funds. 
  • Provide all requested documentation (translated to English, if applicable).
  • Clear and credible plan for meeting expenses for the remainder of your enrollment.

Emergency Aid Application

  • If you meet all the requirements stated above, fill out the Student Application for Emergency Aid (SAFE).  You will be directed to the same application portal used to apply to SIPA.  Use your application credentials and click on forgot password, if necessary.  You can reach out to our office if you have any questions.
  • If not, contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss financing options. 

Columbia University Student Services

SIPA students have access to a variety of services/assistance offered by Columbia University.

Columbia Health

The food pantry at columbia

The Food Pantry at Columbia is a student-run, student-managed initiative that is open to all students. Any student who has any level of food insecurity can reach out to The Food Pantry to get a disbursement containing non-perishable food such as canned-meat, canned vegetables, canned fruit, cold and hot cereal, and vegetarian options. Any information shared with The Food Pantry will remain in strict confidence.

Columbia Transportation

Columbia University Shuttle Routes provide services across campuses Monday through Friday and during evening hours.  Download the Passio Go! App.

Software Recovery from CUIT

PhoneHome is software that can help recover a lost or stolen computer. Columbia University has purchased a site license for PC and MacPhoneHome from Brigadoon Security Group.

Columbia Off-Campus Housing Apartment Database

Columbia's Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA) office assists Columbia students and affiliates in their search for rental housing in the metropolitan area. OCHA manages a database known as the Housing Registry which includes available rooms and apartments in non-Columbia-owned buildings and sublets of units in Columbia-managed housing.

SIPA Career Services – Internship Program and Work-Study

Get more information on the SIPA Internship Program, internship waiver requests, international student work authorization, SIPA summer internship funding opportunities, and the Federal Work-Study program.