As the Director of Academic Administration for the Department, one of my primary responsibilities is to aid students in finding financial support for their studies here at Teachers College. Funding your education can be challenging, and you have allies in the process. Diligence and an understanding of the resources at your disposal can go a long way.
The first step is to take care of two forms, the FAFSA, and Teachers College's Application for Financial Aid. Both prospective students and continuing students should fill these out at the beginning of the year.
Funding is competitive, so the sooner you fill these out the better. The FAFSA is available by January of each year. TC's institutional code is G03979. Before filing your FAFSA, you must apply for your PIN online. In addition, admissions deadlines can be found on the Admissions website.
Once you fill out these two forms you can be considered for Department funding, whether scholarships, graduate assistantships or office work. Scholarships in the form of either credits toward your tuition or stipends are primarily decided by the academic programs, as are most graduate assistantships. You should contact your Program Coordinator or speak to your advisor about these. The best way to work with faculty is to identify professors whose work you respect and introduce yourself, resume in hand.
The Department also offers a wide array of positions in our offices. Speak to your Program staff or contact me directly about your interests and availability. While we cannot guarantee employment, we do our best to place students with appropriate skills in interesting positions.
For more information on staff positions across the college and a listing of work-study jobs, please visit the Human Resources site. I also recommend that you get to know your Program Faculty and Staff and let them know you are interested in employment opportunities.
Finally, keep an eye out for email announcements concerning Teachers College and Columbia University sponsored job fairs, as well as checking with Career Services for external job possibilities.
I hope this begins to get you started. Be sure to fill out the two forms and explore the resources available to you. If I can be of service, please let me know.
Director of Academic Administration