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Enhancements to Undergraduate Financial Aid

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
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Columbia College is pleased to announce several enhancements to financial aid for undergraduate students and families. These changes, which will support low and middle income Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students, are a key part of Columbia’s continued commitment to meeting the financial needs of students.

“Our entire community is made stronger when we reduce economic barriers to accessing a Columbia education,” said Dean James J. Valentini. “Improving affordability and increasing financial support helps sustain a student body with diverse backgrounds and experiences so that students can learn as much from one another as they do from their professors.”

Beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year, families with typical assets and incomes below $66,000 will not be expected to contribute to the cost of their student’s education. In addition, students from families with typical assets and incomes up to $150,000 will attend Columbia tuition-free.

“These enhancements to our already-generous financial aid program will expand access for a new generation of Columbians, increasing opportunity for students who show the promise to thrive in our environment and the curiosity and commitment to take full advantage of all the possibilities we offer,” said Jessica Marinaccio, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid.

In addition, beginning in the summer of 2022, the College will offer new $2,000 start-up grants for low income first year students. These funds, made possible through a generous donor gift, are designed to help incoming students cover a portion of the cost associated with starting their undergraduate journey.

Read more about Columbia University's commitment to undergraduate financial aid in their recent announcement regarding enhancements for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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