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Qualifications for Financial Aid

  • You are a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.

  • You have a valid Social Security Number.

  • You have registered with Selective Service, if you are male and between the ages of 18-25.

  • You have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate.

  • You are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate. Students must be registered at least as a Half-Time (HT) status student to receive federal loans. Part-time (PT) students are not eligible for federal financial aid. 

  • You don't have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while receiving federal student aid (such as grants, loans, or work-study).

  • You don't owe a refund on a federal grant; or you are not in default on a federal student loan.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens who wish to be considered for financial aid are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To complete your FAFSA, you will need Columbia University's school code: 002707.


The FAFSA is now available on October 1st, each year and is used to determine aid eligibility for the specific academic year (summer, fall, and spring, term) for which the application is completed. The FAFSA needs to be completed for each academic year that you wish to apply for aid. International students do not complete a FAFSA. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid about potential funding options. Financial aid applicants are required to directly import tax filing information into the FAFSA via the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in order to be considered for the need based School of Nursing Scholarship.


Verification Process

Approximately one-third of all financial aid applicants at the University are selected by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Office of Financial Aid to verify the accuracy of information provided on the FAFSA. The Office of Financial Aid also reserves the right to select a financial aid applicant for the verification process.  If you have been selected for verification, your financial aid award is tentative, pending the completion of the verification process.


If you have been selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, you are notified as soon as you complete the FAFSA on your Student Aid Report (SAR). It is important that any information requested on your SAR is submitted to the Office of Financial Aid immediately to avoid delays on your financial aid package or the disbursement of your financial aid awards. If you are selected for verification by the school, you will be contacted by the Office of Financial Aid.


Verification is a process required by the federal government that is intended to improve the accuracy of the information submitted on the FAFSA. The Office of Financial Aid may not disburse federal student aid until the verification process is complete. 


To help us ensure that your financial aid awards are as accurate as possible, there are some steps you can take to help us get the most accurate information about your income at the earliest possible date. You do not have to wait until tax returns are filed to submit a FAFSA. The federal government has changed the FAFSA that beginning in October 2016 for the 2017-18 academic year, students and their families will now have the ability to report tax income information from an earlier tax year, rather than just the prior tax year.


Your FAFSA will not need to be based on estimated tax information, the financial aid awards you are offered will be assigned a “conditional” status. After you've submitted your tax returns, we encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update the FAFSA with your tax information. This tool allows your tax information to be transferred directly to your FAFSA from the IRS website.


If your tax filing status reported on the FAFSA reflects a filed tax return, and your awards are still conditional, you may have been selected for verification. The federal regulations governing aid require that Columbia University School of Nursing verify a portion of the student population to ensure the information reported on the FAFSA is accurate. If we determine that there are differences between the FAFSA information and the information we collect during our review, we are required to correct it.


Learn more about the most common errors made on the FAFSA.


Continuing Students

The Graduate Supplemental Financial Aid Form must be completed before you are able to receive a financial aid package. The form is available on NetPartner and will ask for your credit allocations for each term enrolled, if you are requesting student health insurance. You will need to meet with your program director each year and review your program plan and credit allocations.