The academic departments of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing seek to ensure that all academically qualified students have enough financial support to enable them to work toward their degree. Possible forms of support for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses are: institutional grants, fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, readerships, preceptorships, on- or off-campus employment, federal work-study employment, and student loans. The Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing works closely with students to develop reasonable financial plans for completing a degree.
Columbia University graduate funds are administered by two separate branches of the University, and the application materials required by the two branches differ slightly. Institutional grants, fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, readerships, and preceptorships are all departmentally administered funds. Questions and problems regarding these awards should be directed to your academic department. Federal Stafford loans, federal unsubsidized Stafford loans, federal Perkins loans, federal work-study employment, and New York State TAP grants are administered by the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing. Questions and problems with regard to awards should be directed to your financial aid adviser.