Your Award Letter
Congratulations on receiving your Award Letter. If you have an Award Letter in hand, it means you are on the way to finalizing your financial plan for attending Columbia.
Your Award Letter includes some important information, including your estimated aid eligibility based on the information you provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your letter also lets you know if you were selected for verification or have caution flags that you need to resolve on your account before you can move forward in the financial aid process.
There are a few things you need to do as you read and become familiar with your Award Letter:
- Personalize your Cost of Attendance Budget. As you review your estimated budget, you'll notice direct and indirect costs. More detailed information can be found on the Tuition and Fees and Cost of Attendance pages.
- Understand the funding options available to you. Your Award Letter outlines your financial aid eligilibility, including your funding sources. For your convenience, we have more information about these funding sources available on our site.
- Calculate your Net Price—what you will owe after grants and scholarships. Your Net Price is the total amount for which you will be responsible. This information is found in section 3 of your Award Letter.
- Decide how you will cover your Net Price. Once you understand your Net Price, visit our How to Pay page to learn more about your options.
You're armed with your Award Letter and the important information it contains. Once you've confirmed your enrollment, you're ready to move on:
- If you're ready to make a payment or establish a payment plan, you can manage your account.
- No matter where you are in the process, you can contact SFS with any questions or assistance with your financial aid.
Are you still waiting for your Award Letter?
To receive an Award Letter, you must be admitted to Columbia, have a FAFSA on file for the academic year, and have a Social Security Number on your student record. Award Letters for incoming students begin in November for the following Spring and Fall term. Award Letters for continuing students begin in April. Continuing students will not receive an Award Letter unless they have submitted all verification documents.
Does your Award Letter need a revision?
Sometimes, it may be necessary for SFS to process a revision to your initial award letter due to a change in your information or the assumptions made when your initial award offer was processed. If you have changes to your enrollment information, your FAFSA information, your student eligibility, or you have had additional funding secured, please visit the resource center. Contact SFS with questions.
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