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:
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:
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.
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.