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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 ( You can set it up by logging into your MyTC Portal.

Our summer hours are currently in effect!
Monday through Thursday -- 9 am to 5 pm
Friday -- 9 am to 3 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 a lifetime application and only needs to be completed once.

The 2014-2015 FAFSA is currently available at This FAFSA will apply to the Fall 2014 term, the Spring 2015 term, and the Summer 2015 Term. Be sure to use our school code (G03979) on the FAFSA.

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General Information

INSTEP Program

The INSTEP program is a summer intensive program. Most students only attend for summer sessions for two to three consecutive summers, however, they may also attend for the Fall and Spring terms in between. Students who need financial aid in terms other than Summer must contact the INSTEP liaison (Jannatul Ferdous at at the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that their aid is set up appropriately.
Summer is the last term of each academic year (e.g. Fall 2014 is the first term of the 2014-2015 aid year, Spring 2015 is the second, and Summer 2015 is the final), so the appropriate FAFSAs must be completed. Students beginning the INSTEP program during Summer 2014 must complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA and the 2014-2015 FAFSA using TC's school code (G03979). Note that students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours (or the equivalent) per term to be eligible for federal aid of any kind. Please be aware that the 2013-2014 FAFSA will not be available after June 30, 2014.
Students must also complete the TC Scholarship Application to be eligible for any institutional aid, including the INSTEP scholarship as detailed below. It is a part of the admissions application.  Note: Institutional scholarships typically pay only towards tuition (not fees) charges.
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.
INSTEP Scholarship:
1st year students receive 4 points in INSTEP scholarship.
2nd year students receive 2 points in INSTEP scholarship.
*These awards should be reflected in your award letter by mid-June.