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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 (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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Prospective Students

Click here to see our financial aid overview for prospective students and applicants!

Thank you for your interest in Teachers College (TC), Columbia University! In order to make the financial aid process easy for you, we have outlined a few important steps that you should follow as a prospective student. We encourage all of our applicants to be proactive and complete their requirements as early as possible. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

1. Complete your scholarship application when you complete your application for admission.

  • Complete your application for admission and your scholarship application by the priority deadline established by the Office of Admission.
  • Click "yes" when asked if you are interested in scholarship, then answer the subsequent questions to the best of your ability. This is your scholarship application (it is a part of your application for admission). It will automatically renew for each year that you attend TC.
  • Visit 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 now 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 13-14 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. Gain admission to Teachers College and wait for electronic correspondence from our office.
  • Some students may receive scholarship offers in their acceptance letters, while other students may receive award letters at a later time.
  • We typically begin sending award letters to students via e-mail in mid-March. You will only receive an award letter if you have been admitted.
  • The best way to get your financial aid package as early as possible is to apply for admission/scholarship by the priority deadline and complete your FAFSA (if eligible) early.

4. View our Newly Admitted Students page to learn of your next steps.

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>>> Will I receive a scholarship?
At TC, scholarships are merit-based, competitive, and vary by program. Due to the competitive nature of scholarship, some students may receive funding while others may not. While it is a possibility, receiving full funding at Teachers College is rare, particularly at the master's level. At this time, we do not have statistical information available regarding the percentage of students who receive scholarship at TC. It is important to note that TC encourages you to apply for scholarship; indicating an interest in scholarship will not affect your admission decision in any way. For detailed questions about how students in your department and program get awarded, contact your financial aid liaison directly. You do not have to have completed a FAFSA to be eligible for scholarship; scholarship operates independently.
Click here for more information about institutional scholarships, and use this link for information on external scholarships.

>>> Will I receive federal aid?
Most students who complete a FAFSA will be eligible for one or more forms of federal aid, as long as you are a US citizen or eligible non-citizen. Federal aid includes several types of loans, Federal Work-Study, and the Federal TEACH Grant. To put yourself in the best position to receive Federal Work-Study funding, you should complete your FAFSA as early as possible. You should also say "yes" when asked if you are interested in receiving Federal Work-Study funding.

>>> I will be an international student. What are my options?
International students are eligible for scholarships, assistantships, and private loans. Unfortunately, international students cannot complete the FAFSA and are therefore not eligible for any sort of federal aid. If you are a prospective international student, you should click this link for more information on your aid options here at TC. You may also consider contacting the Office of International Student Services for more information.

>>> Will I receive an assistantship?
Typically, assistantships are not given based on admission alone. After you are admitted to Teachers College, you can begin your assistantship search. Compensation for assistantships varies and they generally do not provide full tuition coverage.

>>> How much does it cost to attend Teachers College?

At this time, the tuition rate for 2014-2015 has not been determined. However, you can view our 2013-2014 Cost of Attendance page to get an idea of your cost of attendance. Note that some of these numbers (transportation, room/board, personal expenses) are for budgeting purposes only. You could spend that much under certain conditions (depending on your own choices), but you are not required to do so. Aside from tuition and fees, there is no set price to attend Teachers College.

>>> Is there a difference between in-state versus out-of-state tuition? Is the price of tuition different for a domestic student versus an international student?

No. At TC, everyone pays the same per-credit-hour tuition rate.

Should you have more questions regarding financial aid options at TC or if you would like to meet with an officer, please send an email to financialaid@tc.edu or call us at 212-678-3714. You may also consider browsing our page of Frequently Asked Questions.


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