Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in Teachers College, Columbia University! Funding your education may be one of the biggest challenges you encounter as a student, and the Office of Financial Aid is committed to guiding you through the resources and process necessary for this journey. Please find some details of our financial aid process below.

How to Apply

Students may apply for financial aid through the TC Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available for students who are interested in applying for federal student loans and Federal Work Study. International students are not eligible for federal student loans, but may be eligible for other forms of institutional aid or can apply for a private loan.

TC Scholarship Application is accessed through the application for admission. To receive priority consideration for scholarships, students are encouraged to submit their application for admission by the early deadline of January 15.

Endowed and special scholarships may have additional steps and their own respective deadlines. Please refer to your admissions application for any supplemental information.

The FAFSA is required for students who wish to qualify for all forms of federal aid, such as Federal TEACH Grant,  Federal Work Study and Federal Student Loans. To complete the FAFSA visit fafsa.ed.gov and use the TC school code: G03979.

Types of Assistance Available

Teachers College offers a variety of funding resources including merit and/or need-based scholarships, fellowships, student employment opportunities as well as federal student aid. Veterans Benefits and external scholarship opportunities are also available to eligible applicants.

  • Scholarships & Fellowships  – With over 300 endowed funds provided by the generosity of donors, Teachers College awards over $9 million in institutional scholarships.  Need and Merit-based awards are offered to incoming students who are identified for exceptional achievements in their fields of study and for contributing to our student body’s diversity.
  • Assistantships – Teachers College supports the research and scholarship of its graduate students through assistantship programs, such as Research Assistantships (RA), Teaching Assistantships (TA), Doctoral Research Fellowships (DRF) and Administrative Fellowships (AF).
  • External Scholarships – External scholarships not provided through Teachers College have separate eligibility criteria and application deadlines. Links to over 75 external scholarships, search engines and other resources can be found here.
  • Federal Work Study – Federal Work-Study provides part-time job opportunities for graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for education expenses while increasing their exposure to professional development across campus. Administrative, research, as well as community service-focused positions pertaining to different areas of interest are available to students who are eligible for work study.
  • Student Loans – Federal Student Loans are a major form of aid for students who are unable to pay for expenses out of pocket. Federal student loans are available to students who submit a FAFSA application, while other students can consider options for private loans.
  • Veteran’s Benefits  – There are several opportunities for U.S. military personnel to receive both federal and state financial aid provided by the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. Visit the Teachers College Veterans' Benefits website to learn more.

How Much Will My Education Cost?

The actual cost of your education will vary based on your program of study, education plans, and lifestyle.  Visit here to learn more about tuition and fees at Teachers College.

Help & Contact Us

Our FAQ page can address any common questions you may have on aid eligibility, policies and procedures.

We invite you to contact the Office of Financial Aid with any further questions. 

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