Skip to navigation menu

Skip to main content

Help us improve
Office of Financial Aid
Teachers College, Columbia University
teachers college logo columbia univertsity logo

Office of Financial Aid

TC entrance

Important Information

Official communication will be sent to your student G-mail account ( 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
TC stained glass

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 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.

General Information > Cohort Programs

Site Navigation

General Information

Cohort Programs

Summer Principals Academy
In order for Summer Principals Academy (SPA) students to be considered for both, scholarship and federal student aid, they must complete the following applications:


For the Summer 2013 Cohort:
- Complete the scholarship application section of your application for admission. If you have neglected to do so, please contact Nicole Siniscalchi at
- Complete the 2012-2013 FAFSA and the 2013-2014 FAFSA. The 2012-2013 FAFSA (for Summer 1) is available from January 1st, 2012 - June 30th, 2013, while the 2013-2014 FAFSA (for Fall, Spring, Summer 2) is available from January 1st, 2013 - June 30th, 2014. You must include the Teachers College Federal School Code (
G03979) on your FAFSA(s).
The tuition cost for SPA students beginning in the Summer 2013 will be a total of $49,415. The total cost will be evenly distributed across four semesters: Summer 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014. The payment schedule is as follows:
$12,353.75 due in mid-May 2013 (exact date TBD)
$12,353.75 due in early September 2013 (exact date TBD)
$12,353.75 due in late January 2014 (exact date TBD)
$12,353.75 due in mid-May 2014 (exact date TBD)

For scholarship purposes, the amount "per point" for SPA students is an average of the two aid years the program spans across. For the Summer 2013 cohort this amount is $1,315, the average of 12-13 ($1,286) and 13-14 ($1344). Scholarship awards are distributed evenly across all four semesters of the program.


If you are awarded a scholarship or federal student aid, you will receive an official award letter notification from the Office of Financial Aid. Please keep in mind that you will receive two separate award letters, as the program goes over two academic years.
If you are eligible for federal financial aid and you have satisfied your requirements, the funds you have accepted will be applied to your account as payment(s). That being said, in the Summer 1 term, you may receive a refund, which you will need to save to assist you with the payments for the subsequent semesters.

Intensive Summer Teacher Education Programs (INSTEP)
This INSTEP program is a summer program. Students usually attend only for summer sessions, but can also attend for fall and spring terms in between, for 2-3 consecutive summers. 
Summer is the last term of each academic year (e.g. Fall 2012 is the first term of the 2012-2013 aid year, Spring 2013 is the second, and Summer 2013 is the final), so the appropriate FAFSA must be completed by June 30th. For students starting in the Summer term, the previous year's and and new year's FAFSA applications must be completed. The Teachers College Federal School Code is G03979; this code must be included on the FAFSA. Also note that students must be enrolled in at least six credits (or the equivalent) to be eligible for federal aid.
Students must also complete the TC Scholarship Application to be eligible for any institutional aid. It is part of the admissions application.
The tuition rate changes each academic year.  Please refer to our Cost of Attendance page for more information on it.  You can also refer to the Student Accounts page for a full list of tuition and fees.
1st year students receive 4 points in INSTEP scholarship. 
2nd year students receive 2 points in INSTEP scholarship.

Spirituality Mind Body Summer Intensive Program
Students in the Spirituality Mind Body Summer Intensive Program will attend Teachers College during the following terms:
  • Summer A: 3 credit hours
  • Summer B: 6 credit hours
  • Fall: 6 credit hours
  • Spring: 6 credit hours
  • Summer A: 3 credit hours
  • Summer B: 6 credit hours
  • Fall: 6 credit hours
For those beginning in the Summer 2014 term, you will begin coursework during the 2013-2014 academic year, continue into the 2014-2015 academic year, and complete your last semester in the 2015-2016 academic year. A respective FAFSA must be done for all aid years in which you wish to receive federal aid. Please ensure that you use the Teachers College federal school code (G03979) on the FAFSA. If you are an international student, please click here to learn of your aid options.

Students with questions regarding scholarship funding for this program are encouraged to reach out to the Clinical and Counseling Psychology liaision, Chris Fields, by e-mailing

Other Cohort Programs: