Pay By Mail

Paying with an Award from a Source Outside of the University?

Students who mail their award checks or money orders to the processing center may risk liability for tuition and fees, reduction in financial aid, and/or holds placed on course registration and other records. Visit our Outside Awards page for further guidance about using your outside award to pay your bill.


Morningside Campus
Student Financial Services
205 Kent Hall
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
ATTN: Payments & Deposits Office


Checks and money orders in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank account should be made payable to Columbia University and can be mailed to the University processing center indicated below.

Mailing Address - University Processing Center:
Columbia University
Student Account Payments
P.O. Box 1385
New York, New York 10008-1385

Before you mail your check or money order, please take careful note of the following requirements to ensure the timely processing of your payment:

  • Include the top portion of the printed statement stub with your check or money order. If the statement stub is not available, the student’s name and Columbia University PID, the nine-digit identification number, must be written on the check or money order.
  • In order to avoid late payment charges, payments by mail must be received, not simply postmarked, by the due date.
  • The processing center cannot accept any mailing that requires signature for receipt.
  • Do not mail scholarship awards from external sources or correspondence to the processing center.