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Financial Aid and Other Assistance

Introduction
Each year Teachers College awards over $7 million of its own funds and $2 million of endowed funds to new and continuing students. There are over 300 endowed funds provided by the generosity of donors and the majority are specific to a particular program. Scholarships provide tuition funding for eligible part- and full-time students in Teachers College's degree programs. In general, program faculty make the awards.

In addition to college-wide financial aid opportunities, the faculty members of CCTE are committed to generating an increasing range of opportunities for remunerative work that will integrate well into our program of studies. Essentially, such opportunities are of three types: assistantships in research and development projects; instructorships to teach basic courses in the field; and internships in industry, government, and education. The precise opportunities that exist in these areas continually change as projects here and elsewhere begin, proceed, and culminate. To find out more about these opportunities, students should consult individual faculty.

 

Types of Scholarship and How to Become Eligible
Teachers College Scholarships
For new students only; awarded by Enrollment Services. You do not have to indicate interest to be eligible for this scholarship. However, a Teachers College Scholarship Application must be completed in order for students to receive this award. If you are selected to receive this scholarship you will be contacted by College staff via email.

General Student Scholarships
For new and continuing students, including international students; awarded by the Program. To be eligible for this scholarship you must complete the Teachers College Scholarship Application. Priority is given to those individuals that complete the Teachers College Scholarship Application by March 1st.

Minority Student Scholarships
For new and continuing students from federally recognized U.S. racial/ethnic minority groups, not including international students; awarded by the Program. To be eligible for this scholarship you must complete the Teachers College Scholarship Application. Priority is given to those individuals that complete the Teachers College Scholarship Application by March 1st.

International Student Scholarships
For new and continuing international students only; awarded by the Program. To be eligible for this scholarship you must complete the Teachers College Scholarship Application. Priority is given to those individuals that complete the Teachers College Scholarship Application by March 1st.

Endowed Scholarships
For new and continuing students, including international students; awarded by the Program. Unless otherwise noted, to be eligible for this scholarship you must complete the Teachers College Scholarship Application. Priority is given to those individuals that complete the Teachers College Scholarship Application by March 1st. See below for endowed scholarships available in the Program.

     
  • Ben and Grace Wood Fellowship
    Established in 1989 by Grace Turner Wood, in memory of her husband, Dr. Ben Wood [M.A. 1921, Ph.D. 1923], to support doctoral students studying uses of technologies to aid learning and literacy.  Supported by Grace Turner Wood trust, which also supports Elbenwood Fund & Inst. for Learning Technologies Fund. These Fellowships cover three years of Doctoral work in some aspect of learning technologies.  The Wood stipend is currently $15,000 per academic year.  In addition to the stipend, each Fellowship includes full tuition.  Applications will be considered starting February 25th of each year. Applicants can apply for this fellowship by sending a cover letter and a short essay describing the kinds of learning technology projects the applicant intends on doing and why they are important.  This letter and essay should be sent to Professor John B. Black at black@tc.columbia.edu. If awarded the Fellowship, students are expected to be full-time students in residence at TC for the duration.  The students are expected to hold the Fellowships for three years, but they will be reviewed each year for satisfactory progress and full-time residence. 
  • Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Educational Fund
    Established in 1995 with income from the Cleveland E. Dodge Medal Presentation Dinner, in honor of Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., to provide general scholarship support, with preference given to students who demonstrate an interest in technology and public schools.

 

Other Forms of Funding
Graduate Assistantships
For eligible new and continuing students, including international students, interested in working closely with a department, program, or specific faculty member at the college. There are various types of assistantships at Teachers College, including, Research Assistantships, Teaching/Course Assistantships, Graduate Administrative Assistantships, and Doctoral Research Fellowships (for specific departments). Additional information on graduate assistantships can be found on the Financial Aid website under ‘Student Employment’.

Federal Student Aid:

     
  • Federal TEACH Grant
    For new and continuing Masters-level students enrolling in certain high-needs subject areas (including Mathematics and the Sciences). Students must agree to teach for at least four years within eight years of finishing their teacher preparation program and to teach high-need subjects in designated schools that serve low-income students. Additional information and application processes may be found on the Financial Aid website under ‘Scholarships and Grants’.
  • Federal Work-Study
    For eligible new and continuing students (not including international students) interested in part-time employment on the Teachers College campus and at approved off-campus sites. Students must be awarded Federal Work-Study on their financial aid package in order to seek employment opportunities. Additional information is available on the Financial Aid website under ‘Student Employment’.
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  • Federal Student Loans
    For eligible new and continuing students (not including international students) enrolling in six or more credits (or the equivalent). Students must complete the appropriate aid year’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The college offers Federal Perkins Loan, as well as William D. Ford Direct Student Loans (including Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan). Additional information on Federal Student Loans may be found on the Financial Aid website under ‘Loans’.

 

Scholarship Conditions

     
  • Completing a Teachers College Scholarship Application does not guarantee that you will be awarded one. Merit-based and need-based scholarships are highly competitive at Teachers College.
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  • Scholarship points are not transferable from one academic year to the next.
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  • To be considered for scholarships, students are required to submit a new scholarship application each year.
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  • You may be able to receive the entire Teachers College scholarship in one semester.  You would need to receive approval in writing from your Program and submit the approval to the Office of Financial Aid.  You must specify the semester and the amount that pertains to your request.
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  • In most cases, scholarship points are solely for tuition purposes.

 

FAQ
By what date should I apply for scholarship?
Priority is given to those individuals that complete the Teachers College Scholarship Application by March 1st.


How are scholarship decisions made in the Program for new students?
Program faculty nominate students for scholarship(s) based on the admission and degree applications. To be eligible for a scholarship you must complete the Teachers College Scholarship Application.


How are scholarship decisions made in the Program for continuing students?
Program faculty nominate students for scholarship(s) based on their academic performance. To be eligible for a scholarship you must complete the Teachers College Scholarship Application and contact the CCTE Program Coordinator, Professor Charles Kinzer, at kinzer@tc.columbia.edu.


When are scholarship decisions made?
Decisions are made beginning in early March for the upcoming academic year and continue until all Program funds are exhausted.


Does the Program have a cut-off date to apply for scholarship?
The Program does not have a specific cut-off date to apply for scholarship.


Where can I get more information regarding Program scholarship opportunities?
For more information please contact the CCTE Program Coordinator, Professor Charles Kinzer, at kinzer@tc.columbia.edu.


Where can I get more information regarding general financial aid information?
Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website at http://www.tc.columbia.edu/financialaid or contact Ms. Ana Bonilla, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at bonilla@tc.edu.

 

 


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