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Funding your Education

Funding your education at SIPA

The SIPA Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping its students explore all available means to finance their education. We provide access to federal, institutional, and private funding. Our financial aid staff is dedicated to working with you to assist throughout the application process and help you reach your goals.  Students are encouraged to create a financing plan by the time the enrollment decision is made, and that plan should cover the duration of the academic program. Students’ plans typically include a combination of their own and/or family resources, student loans, and whatever funding they may qualify for from SIPA or external agencies. Financial aid is not available for expenses incurred during summers in which a student is not enrolled in classes.


SIPA and Columbia University Funding

Learn about the types of financial aid in the form of scholarships, fellowships and assistantships available to SIPA students, both from SIPA directly and other funds made available University-wide.


Financial Aid Timeline


Admissions application opens (indicate financial aid request on application)


FAFSA is available for completion (U.S. citizens and permanent residents)


Financial aid application deadline (part of the admissions application)


Admission and financial aid decisions released via slate student portal

April to early May

Student admission and financial aid offer responses due

Contact Us

Columbia Campus – Autumn

Financial Aid Office
Columbia University
School of International and Public Affairs
514 West 113th Street 
New York, NY 10025
+1 212-854-6216
[email protected]

Brandon Smith, Director of Financial Aid
Lakhbir Singh, Associate Director of Financial Aid
Quintin Sipp, Assistant Director of Financial Aid

NOTE: As a matter of your convenience, privacy and safety, we created online office hours, and ask students to make this the primary means of meeting with Financial Aid staff. 

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