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.

Requirements for Checks and Money Orders

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.

Mailing Addresses

Checks and money orders in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank account should be made payable to Columbia University. Use the table below to find the mailing address of the appropriate University processing center.

Payment TypeMail To:
Personal checks from a student or authorized payer
Columbia University
Student Account Payments
P.O. Box 1385
New York, NY 10008-1385

Checks on behalf of sponsored students 

These are checks provided by sponsors with an official agreement with the University. Sponsors should have received an invoice from Columbia's third-party billing department.

Columbia University
Third-Party Payments
P.O. Box 1395
New York, NY 10008-1395

Checks on behalf of students receiving outside awards

These are checks provided by sponsors who do not have an official agreement with the University.

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