Undergraduate Institutional Aid

Institutional aid for undergraduates at Columbia University may include scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, stipends and low-cost institutional loans. Each type of aid can vary in amounts and availability by school, and can be awarded based on need and/or merit. For more information on school-specific institutional aid, please contact your School Financial Aid Office.

This web page contains information about applying for centralized Interschool Fellowships, and also serves as a central location for the current academic year disclosure statements for school-managed institutional loans.

Interschool Fellowships

Although most institutional aid is managed and awarded independently at each school, there is also institutional aid that is managed centrally for the University as a whole. This institutional aid comes in the form of interschool fellowships.

The interschool fellowships are need-based awards that are not restricted to students in one Columbia school or college. The annual amounts of these awards are generally in the range of $1,000 to $5,000. These annual awards are released in two even disbursements, at the start of the fall term and at the start of the spring term.

Application Deadline

Students interested in applying for any of the below fellowships must contact your School Financial Aid Office. Please submit all the necessary documents as required by each fellowship.

The submission deadline is usually June 1 of every year.


The Financial Aid Offices will submit the names of potential recipients to the Office of the Provost for review and possible awards. The Financial Aid Offices are notified of the recipients within two months of their submission and are responsible for the release of funds. Please contact the financial aid office with any questions you may have.

Clifford and Siegfried Upton Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to benefit the children, adopted children, and step-children of the employees of Boston-based Houghton-Mifflin Company, its subsidiaries, or successor companies. The minimum amount of a scholarship is $1,000 for a school year, and increased according to the needs of the candidate.

This fellowship is available to graduate or undergraduate students.

Required documentation:

  1. Letter from employer verifying eligibility

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Paul Nichoplas Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is to benefit a male or female student in area of the University who has attended college or university in Greece.

It is available to graduate or undergraduate students for two years.

Required Documentation:

  1. A copy of the student’s Birth Certificate,
  2. An affidavit or transcript

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Vladimir and Olga Poder Fund

This fellowship is to benefit Estonian-speaking students attending Columbia. The fellowship cannot be greater than $2,000 annually.

It is available to graduate or undergraduate students.

Required documentation:

  1. To verify that the student speaks Estonian, please submit a letter from the NY Estonian House located at 243 East 34th Street, New York NY 10016

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Institutional Loan Disclosure Statements: 2015-2016

In accordance with the Truth in Lending Act, students borrowing institutional loans must receive three required disclosures at the following stages:  at awarding, at acceptance and prior to disbursement.  Please click on the link below that corresponds to your institutional loan to see the first required disclosure and the necessary next steps.

All Schools

General Student Loan Fund
Dr. David Greene
House Loan Fund
International Student Loan Fund
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Ramsey Loan Fund
J. Radon PS Foreign Students
Shoemaker Loan Fund
University Parent Loan

Columbia College

Bishop Loan Fund
Class of 1901
Class of 1904
Class of 1908 Loan Fund
Class of 1910
Class of 1914 War Memorial
Clyde Loan Fund
Collins Loan Fund
Dolphin Loan Fund
Buhler Loan Fund
Chubb Loan Fund
Kadicek Loan Fund

Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Steinman Foundation Fund
Class of 1879 Mines
Class of 1887 Mines
Knapp Loan Fund
Harrington Scholarship
Sporn Loan

School of General Studies

Presidents Loan Fund
Gilbert Loan
Busiel Loan

Prior Year Loan Disclosure Statements

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