Student Financial Planning for Professional Studies

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The Office of Student Financial Planning is pleased to provide the following financial aid information to students in the School of Professional Studies (SPS). Our office in 202 Kent Hall is the central contact for counseling SPS students on financial aid.

Students in SPS must meet graduate student eligibility requirements for financial aid.

Important Notice


If you plan to apply for federal financial aid and attend classes during the Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 semesters, please complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.

 

 

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Cost of Attendance by Program

The cost of attendance, also known as the "budget" or "COA," represents the student's maximum financial aid eligibility. The budget is determined by the school and consists of tuition and fees plus estimated living expenses.

In determining the budget, the school applies a conservative estimate of living expenses to all students. We recognize, however, that actual living expenses vary from person to person. If the student faces higher actual costs or has extenuating circumstances that warrant a higher cost of attendance, the student may request a budget increase.

2017-2018 Financial Aid Checklist - Graduate Students (PDF)

 

 

All Masters Degree Programs except MS Information and Knowledge Strategy, MS Technology Management, and MS Strategic Communications


2017-2018 Financial Aid Checklist - Graduate Students (PDF)


2017-18

(Estimated costs based on a nine-month academic year.)    

ItemCost
Tuition*$ 4,036 - $ 72,648 (1 to 18 points per semester)
Fees**$ 1,345 - $ 5,954
Living***$ 0 - $ 20,682
Books$ 330 - $ 1,320
Commute***$ 0 - $ 1,089
Personal***$ 0 - $ 4,671
Loan Origination***$ 0 - $ 218
TOTAL$ 5,711 - $ 106,582

*Professional Studies tuition and fees are based on number of credits. Please estimate your planned course load to calculate total tuition. Registration for more than 18 points per semester could results in additional charges. Visit http://sps.columbia.edu/ for more information.

**Includes health insurance fee, student activity fee, health services fee, and university facility fee. Also includes document fee - a one time fee charged in first semester of attendance and ISSO fee charged to international students only. Additional fees may apply. 

***Students enrolled below six credits in any semester will not be budgeted for living expenses, personal expenses, commuting expenses, and loan origination fees. 

 

MS Information Knowledge Strategy


2017-2018 Financial Aid Checklist - Graduate Students (PDF)


2017-18

(Estimated costs based on a nine-month academic year.)

ItemCost
Tuition*$ 4,352 - $ 78,336 (1 to 18 points per semester)
Fees**$ 1,345 - $ 5,954
Living***$ 0 - $ 20,682
Books$ 330 - $ 1,320
Commute***$ 0 - $ 1,089
Personal***$ 0 - $ 4,671
Loan Origination***$ 0 - $ 218
TOTAL$ 6,027 - $ 112,270

*Professional Studies tuition and fees are based on number of credits. Please estimate your planned course load to calculate total tuition. Registration for more than 18 points per semester could results in additional charges. Visit http://sps.columbia.edu/ for more information.

**Includes health insurance fee, student activity fee, health services fee, and university facility fee. Also includes document fee - a one time fee charged in first semester of attendance and ISSO fee charged to international students only. Additional fees may apply. 

***Students enrolled below six credits in any semester will not be budgeted for living expenses, personal expenses, commuting expenses, and loan origination fees. 

 

MS Technology Management


2017-2018 Financial Aid Checklist - Graduate Students (PDF)


2017-18

(Estimated costs based on a nine-month academic year.) 

ItemCost
Tuition*$ 4,036 - $ 72,648 (1 to 18 points per semester)
Fees**$ 1,345 - $ 5,954
Residency Fee$ 4,160
Living***$ 0 - $ 20,682
Books$ 330 - $ 1,320
Commute***$ 0 - $ 1,089
Personal***$ 0 - $ 4,671
Loan Origination***$ 0 - $ 218
TOTAL$ 9,871 - $ 110,742

*Professional Studies tuition and fees are based on number of credits. Please estimate your planned course load to calculate total tuition. Registration for more than 18 points per semester could results in additional charges. Visit http://sps.columbia.edu/ for more information.

**Includes health insurance fee, student activity fee, health services fee, and university facility fee. Also includes document fee - a one time fee charged in first semester of attendance and ISSO fee charged to international students only. Additional fees may apply. 

***Students enrolled below six credits in any semester will not be budgeted for living expenses, personal expenses, commuting expenses, and loan origination fees. 

 

MS Strategic Communications


2017-2018 Financial Aid Checklist - Graduate Students (PDF)


2017-18

(Estimated costs based on a nine-month academic year.) 

ItemCost
Tuition*$ 4,036 - $ 72,648 (1 to 18 points per semester)
Fees**$ 1,345 - $ 5,954
Residency Fee***$ 2,000
Living****$ 0 - $ 20,682
Books$ 330 - $ 1,320
Commute****$ 0 - $ 1,089
Personal***$ 0 - $ 4,671
Loan Origination****$ 0 - $ 218
TOTAL$ 5,711 - $ 106,582

*Professional Studies tuition and fees are based on number of credits. Please estimate your planned course load to calculate total tuition. Registration for more than 18 points per semester could results in additional charges. Visit http://sps.columbia.edu/ for more information.

**Includes health insurance fee, student activity fee, health services fee, and university facility fee. Also includes document fee - a one time fee charged in first semester of attendance.

***$1,000 residency fee charged over three terms of the enrollment in the program. 

****Students enrolled below six credits in any semester will not be budgeted for living expenses, personal expenses, commuting expenses, and loan origination fees. 

 

All Certificate Programs except Classics

2017-18

(Estimated costs based on a nine-month academic year.)

ItemCost
Tuition*$ 3,796 - $ 72,648 (1 to 18 points per semester)
Fees**$ 845 - $ 5,378
Living***$ 0 - $ 20,682
Books$ 330 - $ 1,320
Commute***$ 0 - $ 1,089
Personal***$ 0 - $ 4,671
Loan Origination***$ 0 - $ 218
TOTAL$ 4,971 - $ 106,006

*Professional Studies tuition and fees are based on number of credits. Please estimate your planned course load to calculate total tuition. Registration for more than 18 points per semester could results in additional charges. Visit http://sps.columbia.edu/ for more information.

**Includes health insurance fee, student activity fee, health services fee, and university facility fee. Also includes document fee - a one time fee charged in first semester of attendance and ISSO fee charged to international students only. Additional fees may apply. 

***Students enrolled below six credits in any semester will not be budgeted for living expenses, personal expenses, commuting expenses, and loan origination fees.

 

Classics

2017-18

(Estimated costs based on a nine-month academic year.)   

ItemCost
Tuition$ 17,000 ($ 8,500 flat rate per semester)
Fees**$ 845 - $ 5,378
Living***$ 0 - $ 20,682
Books$ 330 - $ 1,320
Commute***$ 0 - $ 1,089
Personal***$ 0 - $ 4,671
Loan Origination***$ 0 - $ 218
TOTAL$ 18,175 - $ 50,358

**Includes health insurance fee, student activity fee, health services fee, and university facility fee. Also includes document fee - a one time fee charged in first semester of attendance and ISSO fee charged to international students only. Additional fees may apply. 

***Students enrolled below six credits in any semester will not be budgeted for living expenses, personal expenses, commuting expenses, and loan origination fees.

 

 

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Student Loans

 

Federal Direct Loans

For general information, visit our Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans page.

Note: SPS Students enrolled in either a graduate degree program or a federally approved certificate program and meet the general eligibility criteria may be eligible to receive these loans. 

Aside from the FAFSA, the Office of Student Financial Planning requires the following documents:

 

Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loans

For general information, visit our Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loans page.

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Alternative Loan Programs (Additional educational loans)

Private Loans

For general information, visit our Private Loans page.

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Scholarships and Grants

Visit our Outside Awards page.

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