FAFSA 2018-2019 is Open for Aid Application

Important Updates to 2018-2019 FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2018-2019 academic year opened on October 1, 2017 at fafsa.gov. The aid application process is annual, and students must reapply for financial aid each year. Students should submit the 2018-2019 FAFSA if they will be enrolled for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Applying for Aid


Columbia University encourages all eligible students interested in applying for financial aid to complete the aid application process as soon as possible.

Students may be required to submit information in addition to the FAFSA.  This additional documentation, if required, must be submitted in order to be considered for financial aid.


Tax Data


The 2018-2019 FAFSA requires 2016 tax and income data. The most reliable way to complete the FAFSA with accurate tax information is by using the online IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) within the FAFSA application. As an added security measure, when linking to the IRS website from the FAFSA website, applicants will not be able to see the tax data on the DRT web page, nor will it be visible on the FAFSA website when transferred into the FAFSA form.

Visit fafsa.gov and submit your application as early as October 1.

For more information regarding financial aid, visit www.sfs.columbia.edu.