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    Sugandhi Sood

    Study Abroad Expert | Updated on - Sep 1, 2021

    Studying at Columbia costs around USD 85,000 per academic year, reason why 75% of international students shy away from even applying to Columbia University. Meritorious students who do apply for admission, they seek some financial assistance in the form of Columbia University scholarships, grants, and bursaries.

    Like several of the top-ranking U.S. universities, Columbia’s financial aid process is need-based. While there are a few Columbia University scholarships available for graduate students, incoming undergraduate students are primarily assisted through financial aid grants. The average amount aid provided to international students beginning UG programs is USD 66,350, the best amongst other U.S. universities:

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    Presently, Columbia University scholarships are program-specific and offered through the donations of foundations and Columbia alumni. These scholarships range from USD 7,500 upto USD 30,000. The university ensures that the scholarships and other funding resources are not affected by the COVID 19 outbreak.

    The institution acknowledges that for several international students, Columbia University scholarships and financial aid may not be enough to cover all their expenses of studying in the U.S. Therefore, the university encourages international applicants to apply for external scholarships in their respective countries.

    Internal Scholarships to Columbia University for International Students

    International students are funded via financial aid packages, which include non-refundableColumbia grants and a student term-time job. The student job part includes part-time work-study programs, fellowships, and summer internships & jobs.

    Undergraduate Columbia University Scholarships

    For the academic session 2018/2019, the university awarded USD 17 million to international students commencing a Columbia undergraduate program. The average financial aid offered to students in last session was USD 66,350.

    Presently, undergraduate financial aid is restricted to need-based grants. International students are not considered for any department Columbia University scholarships and awards. However, the university guarantees to meet 100% demonstrated financial requirements of first-year and transfer students.

    Application Process for Undergraduate Scholarships

    Prospective applicants, seeking need-based financial assistance, are urged to express their requirements at the time of admission to Columbia University. To apply for financial aid, international applicants must complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) application.

    • The Cornell University financial aid deadlines are:
    • Early Decision: November 1
    • Regular Decision: January 2
    • Documents required to complete CSS profile
      • Tax returns
      • W-2 form/ records of current income
      • Records of untaxed income and benefits
      • Assets and bank statements

    Complete your CSS profile with utmost accuracy, any discrepancies will result in rejection of the application. Students are recommended to adhere to deadlines

    Graduate Columbia University Scholarships

    International students commencing graduate programs at Columbia are eligible for a few departmental scholarships, credited towards tuition fees. Unlike undergraduate scholarships, graduate scholarships are limited and not offered to all admitted students.

    Some of the Columbia University scholarships available international students beginning graduate programs are tabulated below:

    Scholarship Scholarship Benefits General Eligibility Scholarship Application
    Helen Lansdowne Resor Scholarship USD 10,000 Female students; Beginning PG program Architecture, Business, Communication, etc.  Required
    International Merit Scholarship Upto USD 3,000  Beginning any master’s program at Columbia Required
    Business Studies Scholarship USD 2,000 Commencing Management, Economics, and Marketing program Not Required
    Northwest IB Scholarship USD 1,000  Available for first 20 IB School Graduates  Not Required

    Apart from Columbia University scholarships, international students have to rely on Teaching Assistantships ( USD 12,000 per semester) and Student Assistantships ( USD 3,000 per semester). All graduate assistantships and scholarships are renewable for the duration of the program.

    External Scholarships to Columbia University for International Students

    As an international student, planning to pursue higher education in the U.S., it is significant to have sufficient funds to finance your chosen program at a university like Columbia. While universities guarantee funding to all undergraduate students, graduate program students are offered limited funding opportunities.

    Therefore, it is important for students belonging to countries like India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, etc to explore various external scholarships. Some of the external Columbia University scholarships for Indian students are tabulated below:

    Scholarship Name Scholarship Benefits Scholarship Eligibility
    Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships Tuition fees;
    partial living expenses;
    Healthcare expenses
    Minimum 55% in bachelor’s program;
    At least 3+ years of work experience;
    Community service experience
    JN Tata Endowment for Higher Education of Indians Loan scholarship INR 1,00,000 and INR 10,00,000; Additional gift worth INR 75,000 (case dependent) At least 60% in bachelor’s degree;
    Below 45 years of age;
    Enrolling in a 2-year program
    Debesh-Kamal Scholarship for Higher Studies INR 1,00,000 for tuition fees Below 30 years of age; Preferably enrolling in social science or related program
    Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation Scholarships Interest free loan Minimum 60% in undergraduate program;
    Below 30 years of age
    Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarships Up to USD 100,000 Above 70% in bachelors program;
    Below 30 years of age
    KC Mahindra Education Trust Scholarship Interest free loan INR 4,00,000- INR 8,00,000 Over 65% in undergraduate program

    Indian applicants have adhere to the application process and other guidelines of respective scholarships. Once they receive a confirmation of admission from Columbia, applicants can apply for suitable scholarship(s).

    As the university with 4th largest international student population, Columbia tries to fulfill the funding requirements of all its incoming and continuing students. Prospective students with outstanding academic history and leadership potential will be rewarded under Columbia University scholarships and financial aid programs.

    Scholarships offered

    BrokerFish International student scholarship


    • International Student Eligible: Yes
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Type: Merit-Based
    • Level of Study: Bachelor
    • Number of Scholarships: 1

    Innovation in Education Scholarship - La Tutors 123


    • International Student Eligible: Yes
    • Amount: $500
    • Type: Merit-Based
    • Level of Study: Bachelor
    • Number of Scholarships: N/A

    Education for Sustainable Energy Development Scholarship Program


    • International Student Eligible: Yes
    • Amount: $21,000
    • Type: Need-Based
    • Level of Study: Master
    • Number of Scholarships: 8

    Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship For Graduate Study in HR


    • International Student Eligible: Yes
    • Amount: $20,000
    • Type: Merit-Based
    • Level of Study: Master
    • Number of Scholarships: 2

    Debesh Kamal Scholarship


    • International Student Eligible: Yes
    • Amount: $1,385
    • Type: Merit-Based
    • Level of Study: Bachelor
    • Number of Scholarships: N/A

    Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program


    • International Student Eligible: Yes
    • Amount: $25,000
    • Type: Merit-Based
    • Level of Study: Doctorate
    • Number of Scholarships: N/A
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    I was sure that I want to do my MBA from a really good and reliable institute that gives me good placements and Columbia business school is one of the few institutions that offer highly ranked unparalleled business programs like MBA so I started with my application process. The application fee was quite high but then I had to get admission into this college. So I happily spent my $200 on the application.

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    I always wanted to settle abroad so I asked a friend about the best college in NYC. As his brother was in the same college, he told me that it is one of the best colleges that provide masters in business administration. I had to pay $250 for the online admission form.

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    I had a friend who recommended this college to me. So I decided to pursue my master's in clinical psychology from this college. I had filled an online application form through the college website and it cost me around $20. My good GPA in my bachelor's degree also helped me to get admission.

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    I was searching for the best value schools in the US where I found Columbia University. I was attracted to the infrastructure and a lot more things. I applied to the university online via their official admission page by paying an application fee of $85.

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    Rich infrastructure and excellence in academic were the two major points which attracted me towards it. My grandfather also graduated from here in the field of applied physics. To start my journey I scheduled an interview that helped me with all the online admission processes and it was free of cost.

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    It was the most prestigious school I was accepted into, and I really wanted to go to a smaller school in an urban setting. I looked into specific programs I was interested in and found one that fit my needs pretty closely, and I particularly liked the integrated bachelors and masters program offered.

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