Sponsored Students

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Reimbursed By Your Employer?  |  Initiating Third-Party Billing  |  Medical Coverage  |  Sponsor Invoicing  |  Billing Schedule  |  Sponsored Payment Guidelines  |  Outside Awards  |  Reviewing Terms, Changes, and Getting Help

Sponsored Students

Sponsored students are those whose educations at Columbia University are funded directly by a third party, called a sponsor. Examples of sponsors are:

  • employers
  • educational institutions
  • government agencies
  • foundations
  • grant-makers
  • or other institutional sources


For sponsors requiring Columbia to send an invoice for educational costs directly to them, the Third-Party Billing staff in Student Financial Services handles the process.


Reimbursed By Your Employer?

Students who pay Columbia first and are subsequently reimbursed by their employers are not handled by Student Financial Services. Students who receive reimbursement upon submission of grades or completion of sponsor terms must adhere to the University's established payment due dates.

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Initiating Third-Party Billing

Upon entering Columbia University, sponsored students must:


Fill out and submit the online Third-Party Billing Agreement form.



Obtain a sponsorship letter from the third party that will pay their bill, to be uploaded through the online form. The sponsorship letter must:

  • be on the third party’s official letterhead
  • specify the student’s name and nine-digit Columbia University Identification number (also known as a PID), a number that will begin with the letter C + 9-digit number
  • outline the educational costs that the sponsor will cover
  • list the sponsorship terms
  • indicate the billing address to be used on the invoice
  • contain a valid sponsor name, address, phone number, and email address


Save and print a copy of your completed form for your records. This can be downloaded from the confirmation page.


For additional details about filling out the form, see the Sample Third-Party Billing Agreement (PDF).

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Medical Coverage

Students may be eligible to waive the University’s student medical insurance if the sponsor provides medical insurance coverage. Guidelines for waiving Columbia's student medical insurance plan may be found on the Columbia Health Website.

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Sponsor Invoicing and the Student Account

Upon submission of the sponsorship letter and Third Party Billing Agreement, Columbia will directly invoice the student's sponsor.

If a sponsor has not previously sponsored a student at Columbia, it must complete the sponsor verification process:

Most invoices are mailed after the end of the Change-of-Program period for non-flat rate schools because many students add or drop classes during this period. Since changes in registration often correlate with changes in tuition charges, Columbia normally waits until after this period ends in order to ensure that all invoices are accurate for non-flat rate schools. This delay in invoicing is taken into account when considering late fees on the sponsored portion of a student's tuition. Please see the current term invoicing schedule below.

Students will also receive an email notification that their Student Account Statement is ready to be viewed/paid online. The student is responsible for reviewing charges billed to the sponsor and payments made by the sponsor and ensuring that these fulfill the Third Party Billing Agreement. Students must pay any portion of the bill not covered by the sponsor. Students can check balances and pay non-sponsored charges through the E-Billing system, accessible via Student Services Online (SSOL).

Please note: Students must pay the non-sponsored portion of their tuition by the due date, or late payment charges may be assessed.





Invoice Date

Due Date










Columbia College

Dental 06/02/2307/02/23 
Dental - Graduate06/02/2307/02/23 

Engineering and Applied Science


Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


General Studies

Human Nutrition06/02/2307/02/23 

International and Public Affairs





Occupational Therapy06/02/2307/02/23 
Physical Therapy06/02/2307/02/23 
Physicians and Surgeons06/02/2307/02/23 

Professional Studies

Psychoanalytic Center06/02/2307/02/23 
Public Health06/02/2307/02/23 

Social Work



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Sponsored Payment Guidelines

Following receipt of student paperwork, Columbia will generate and send an invoice directly to the sponsor each University term. Sponsors are expected to pay Columbia University directly upon receipt of the invoice. Sponsor payment to Columbia must be in U.S. dollars and can be made in two ways, via wire transfer or U.S mail.



Wire transfer is the preferred method of payment.

The student's name and nine-digit Columbia University identification number or UNI should be included in the detail field.

When making a payment, note that the bank may charge a wire transmittal fee.

For further instructions on submitting wire transfers, please email or call us at +1-212-854-2244.

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Reviewing Terms, Making Changes, and Getting Help

At the beginning of each new term, students are responsible for reviewing the terms of the sponsorship. Any changes in sponsorship or other key information must be submitted by sending an email to Student Financial Services. Students must also keep their addresses updated in Student Services Online (SSOL).

For more information related to sponsored students, please send us an email.