We're live with a new site!
As of October 16, 2017, we have a new Student Financial Services website. We heard your frustrations with our old site, and as a result, we reorganized and redesigned our financial aid information. You may find that some content and its locations have changed.
We hope you’ll find that it is easy to navigate and to find the information that you need to finance your education at Columbia. We’ve put a lot into developing it, so please let us know what you think. You can use our feedback form on the right side of the page to tell us what you like, or what still needs some work.
In preparation of reorganizing and redesigning the site, we combed through the entire current SFS site and created a content inventory that outlined all of the pages on the site. We also conducted interviews with prospective students, current students, and parents about how they use the site, and reviewed analytics information from several sources about how people were using the site.
We then created a mock-up of a new site layout with updated page designs, and prototype testing was completed with prospective and current students to ensure that they could easily navigate the new site.
We also reviewed all of the content and streamlined where possible/rewrote when necessary, so audiences are able to easily find – and understand – the information that is relevant to them.
- One of the biggest changes? You can find information based on what type of student you are, and what you’re looking for. The "What type of student are you?" page pulls information that is relevant for for the type of student you are and sends you where you need to go.
- We’ve also organized the Cost of Attendance budgets, Tuition and Fees information, and Residents Hall rates.
- Payment Plan User Guide: Payment plans are a great, low-cost way to help you fund your education. To help you calculate what your payment plan amount will be, we’ve created a new payment plan calculator.
- The Resource Center, and all of the forms you need to process your aid, are now easily accessible via every page, on the footer. Same for the important deadlines of which you need to be aware: these are on the right side of every page, so you can see this information no matter where you are on the site.
The Student Financial Services team are proud to serve you. Thank you!