Pay By Mail

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

Deliver Your Check In Person.

Students who receive a scholarship award from outside of the University must hand deliver the award check or money order directly to the Cashier’s Office at the appropriate campus (see locations below) and promptly notify the financial aid office at their school.

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 CampusMedical Center

Location: 210 Kent Hall

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

Phone: +1-212-854-1541

Location: 1-141 Black Building, Unit 45

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

Phone: +1-212-342-4790



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.

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 cash, credit card authorizations, scholarship awards from external sources, or correspondence to the processing center. All correspondence should be sent to Student Financial Services.

Mailing Address - University Processing Center:
Columbia University

Student Account Payments

P.O. Box 1385

New York, New York 10008-1385