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Office of Financial Aid
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Office of Financial Aid

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Important Information

Official communication will be sent to your student G-mail account (UNI@tc.columbia.edu). You can set it up by logging into your MyTC Portal.

Office of Financial Aid Hours
Monday through Thursday -- 9 am to 6 pm
Friday -- 9 am to 5 pm
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Important Dates

Students interested in being considered for scholarship for the upcoming academic year should apply for scholarship via their admissions application. The scholarship application is now a lifetime application and only needs to be completed once.

The 2013-2014 FAFSA is available at fafsa.ed.gov and should be completed by those who wish to be considered for federal student aid. The 2013-2014 year includes Fall '13, Spring '14, and Summer '14. The 2014-2015 FAFSA for next year is also available now.

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Newly Admitted Students

Click here to see our financial aid overview for newly admitted students!

Congratulations on your admission to Teachers College! As a newly admitted student, there are some things you may have already completed during the application process. However, we encourage you to review the following list to ensure that your financial aid requirements have been satisfied. We encourage all of our students to be proactive and complete their requirements as early as possible.

1. E
nsure that you completed a scholarship application when you completed your application for admission.
  • If you did not complete the scholarship application due to a technical error, or if you said "no" to the question initially but now wish to be considered for scholarship funding, you should contact us immediately.
  • View our respective pages to learn more about institutional and external scholarships.
2. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), if you are a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • The 2014-2015 FAFSA is currently available. The 2013-2014 FAFSA is also available until June 30, 2014. Both can be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • If you plan to enroll in Spring 2014 and/or Summer 2014 and continue into Fall 2014 and beyond, you will need to complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA and the 2014-2015 FAFSA.
  • Include the TC school code (G03979) on your FAFSA.
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, if possible.
  • Review your Student Aid Report (SAR), verify that all of your information is correct, and address any errors or issues that you may see.
3. Review your award letter.
  • An award letter may be comprised of scholarships, grants, fellowships, loans, and/or Federal Work-Study. Some students may see more than one form of aid on their letters.
  • Some students will see scholarship offers in their acceptance letters, while other students may see a separate award letter. We typically begin sending award letters via e-mail in mid-March.
  • Contact our office as soon as possible for questions regarding the information that appears on your award letter.
  • Should you receive another form of aid at a later time, you will receive a revised award letter.
  • Click here for a detailed FAQ page regarding award letters.
4. Accept your aid.
  • Your award letter contains a link to directions on how to accept your aid. Note that scholarships are automatically accepted, while loans and Federal Work-Study have different acceptance processes.
  • If you are set to receive a stipend, it will be automatically accepted and processed on your behalf when class begins.
  • Note that you should accept your loans two to three weeks before class is set to begin.
5. Contact our office for assistance.
  • Our office is open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday, and from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday. Please click here to view our contact information. You can also use this page to find your specific financial aid liaison.
  • When you begin your application, you are assigned a TC ID number (T########). You must be able to provide this number to our staff when contacting our office.

Click here to view our comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section!

StudentAid.gov provides in-depth information on federal student aid programs, applying for financial aid, and repaying student loans. Click below to learn more!