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New to financial aid? Start with the basics.
Students may be eligible for a specific scholarship or grant from an outside agency. Some sources to explore are employers, unions, professional organizations, and special interest groups.
Below is a sample of outside awards for which Columbia students may be eligible. For additional information about outside awards, please contact your School's financial aid office.
- Thumbtack School-to-Skills Scholarship
- (Government Finance Officers Association) Minorities In Government In Finance Scholarship
- (Government Finance Officers Association) Frank L. Greathouse Gov. Accounting Scholarship
- UJA Federation Rose Biller Endowment Fund
- Jewish Foundation for Education of Women
- Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
- The Women’s Forum Educational Award
- The Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students
- Gates Millennium Scholars
- Ayn Rand Essay Contest
- Bell Labs Graduate Research Fellowship Program
You may also wish to visit these sites to assist you with your search of outside scholarships:
- iGrad Scholarship Search Engine - This tool is available after creating a University account at no additional cost.
If you receive funds from any outside sources, you must notify your school financial aid office. Why? So that your total financial aid (including the outside scholarship) does not exceed your school's cost of attendance.
Your school financial aid office will apply the amount of your outside award in this order:
- against your unmet financial need
- toward any self-help awards you may have (by reducing private loans or work-study, for example)
- reducing federal aid (affecting federal loans first)
If you are receiving an award from a source outside of Columbia, that amount may not appear on your first Student Account Statement for the term. However, you may deduct it from the amount due on your statement by sending your award check to the Cashier's Office at the appropriate campus:
Please note that we cannot process award checks or money order by mail. Students who mail their award checks or money orders may risk liability for tuition and fees, reduction in financial aid, and/or holds placed on course registration and other records.
In general, the funds from your award check will be credited automatically to your student account; otherwise, we will contact you to endorse the check.