Direct Deposit

Play the video to learn how you can have student account refunds,
stipends, work-study payments, or University paychecks
deposited directly to your bank account.

 

Direct deposit to a U.S. checking or savings account is the University's preferred method for issuing stipends to students. This saves the time of picking up and processing a paper check, and makes the funds available much sooner.

To enroll in direct deposit, you will need your bank routing number and your savings/checking account number. This information is available on the bottom of your checks or directly from your bank. See a sample check displayed below. These numbers are not on your debit card.

image of sample check

It is the student's responsibility to update banking information. Incorrect banking information for direct deposit will result in a delay in the receipt of funds.  Students are encouraged to re-type banking information in the SSOL Direct Deposit web page in order to ensure accuracy.

International students need to set up direct deposit for Refund and Stipend separately.  See instructions below.

 

Set Up Your Direct Deposit
 

For Refunds: All Students (Domestic and International)

1. Log into Student Services Online (SSOL) and select "Direct Deposit Authorization" from the menu on the left side of the page.

screenshot of main menu in SSOL

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2. You will arrive at the "Direct Deposit" page. Use your bank account information to complete the form in the grey area, under "Direct Deposit Information."  Click the "Submit" button.

screenshot of SSOL Refund Options window

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For Stipends: Domestic Students

1. Log into Student Services Online (SSOL) and select "Direct Deposit Authorization" from the menu on the left side of the page.

screenshot of main menu in SSOL

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2. You will arrive at the "Direct Deposit" page. Use your bank account information to complete the form in the grey area, under "Direct Deposit Information."  Click the "Submit" button.

screenshot of SSOL Refund Options window

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For Stipends: International Students

With U.S. Bank Account

1. Go to my.columbia.edu.

2. Log in by clicking on the "Log In Now" box. Enter your UNI and password in the authentication page that follows. If your password has not been updated in the last 90 days, you will be prompted to change it.

 

screenshot of SSOL Refund Options window

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3. Once logged in, click on the "Faculty and Staff" tab. Then scroll down the page to find and click on "View Your Direct Deposit Information."

 

screenshot of SSOL Refund Options window

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screenshot of SSOL Refund Options window

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4. You will arrive at the "Direct Deposit" page in PAC. Click "Add Account," enter your bank and account information, then click "OK."

 

screenshot of SSOL Refund Options window

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Without U.S. Bank Account

New! Western Union Wire Option Available: Payment of Stipends to International Students

 

Columbia University has partnered with Western Union Business Solutions to provide international students with simple and convenient stipend (non-qualified scholarship) payments wired to their country of residence and in that country’s currency. Columbia authorizes Western Union Business Solutions to facilitate stipend payments to students on its behalf. International students must meet the criteria listed below. Students must be:

  • Enrolled for the fall term
  • Studying from outside of the U.S. at the start of the fall term
  • Unable to establish a U.S. bank account

Eligible students should contact their Financial Aid Office and request that the stipend payment be processed through the Western Union wire process for the stipend payment.

 

For Payroll (Federal Work-Study Participants and Non-Work-Study Student Employees)

1. Go to my.columbia.edu.

2. Log in by clicking on the "Log In Now" box. Enter your UNI and password in the authentication page that follows. If your password has not been updated in the last 90 days, you will be prompted to change it.

 

screenshot of SSOL Refund Options window

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3. Once logged in, click on the "Faculty and Staff" tab. Then scroll down the page to find and click on "View Your Direct Deposit Information."

 

screenshot of SSOL Refund Options window

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screenshot of SSOL Refund Options window

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4. You will arrive at the "Direct Deposit" page in PAC. Click "Add Account," enter your bank and account information, then click "OK."

 

screenshot of SSOL Refund Options window

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