October 7, 2021
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Domestic and international students who are full-time and determined to be among the neediest students that are in programs at Columbia that do not already have “meet need” or “fully funded” financial aid policy, School Financial Aid Offices will communicate regarding this program.
All students are eligible and schools will conduct these programs and communicate how the emergency funds are being administered. Your financial aid office will advise these details.
HEERF funding can be used for costs related to the coronavirus pandemic, or any component of education expenses including tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental), and childcare or other educationally related expenses.
If selected, students have the option to receive funds directly via direct deposit or check or reduce an existing balance on your student account.
Students may choose to use the funds to reduce an existing balance on their student account. To pay an existing balance, complete the certification form and check the box “Yes, please apply the emergency financial aid grant to my Columbia University student account balance.” Any remaining funds will be refunded to you via direct deposit or check.
No. The funds provided by HEERF is a grant, so it does not need to be repaid.
HEERF funds are not considered taxable. Funds from other sources will be treated similar to a non-qualified scholarship (e.g., stipend).