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.
- Offers quick reference to emergency resources including Public Safety, the Police Department, and medical care: https://health.columbia.edu/content/emergency
- Focused on advancing the well-being of the Columbia University community and the personal and academic development of students through a variety of resources and programs: https://health.columbia.edu/grouptherapy
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