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Our office hours are:
Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm. **Wednesdays we are closed to student traffic from 9am to 12pm. You can still call us during this time period.

Student Financial Planning
Mailing Address:
630 West 168 Street, P&S Box 52-A
New York, NY 10032

Street Address:
650 West 168 Street
Black Building Room139
212.305.4100 tel
212.305.0221 fax

Please e-mail the SFP Office with comments or questions regarding financial aid.

Payment of Term Bills and Disbursement of Aid

You should be prepared with adequate personal funds to meet out-of-pocket expenses at the start of the academic year. If your financial aid package includes a P&S scholarship stipend, the check will be available at the beginning of the academic year.  All materials required to complete your application for financial aid must be submitted to our office before scholarship/grant monies will be released to you or credited to your account. Third and fourth year students should receive scholarship stipends in early July.  If you do not have direct deposit, you can pick up the check from the Cashier Division of Registration & Student Financial Services (R&SFS @ CUMC) (Black Bldg., Room 127).

Third-and fourth-year students will not be billed for the academic year until the fall billing cycle in August.  The Fall Term Student Account Statement is generated in August.  Payment for all charges not covered by financial aid will be due in September.  Specific billing information and due dates will be included in the August mailing.  If you do not pay by the bill due date, a Late Payment Fee of $150 will be assessed.  Thereafter, late fees will accrue on the unpaid balance of the account at the rate of 1.5% per billing cycle.

The E-bill Notification (Electronic Student Account Statement) will be sent to you via your official Columbia University email address.  For new students, it is your responsibility to activate your UNI no later than June 15th so that you can access your Columbia University email.  Instructions on activating your UNI (email accounts) will be sent by P&S Student Affairs in June along with your unique University ID number.  For any additional questions about your bill, you can visit Registration & Student Financial Services (R&SFS @ CUMC) via their website or via email at

The University will also have a payment plan available which would enable you and your family to pay tuition and fees billed through the University over several months, rather than in one payment.  The payment plan is not a loan.  While there is an application fee, there are no interest charges or credit checks.  The details about the terms for the payment plan are usually available on the University’s website after May 1st.

Failure to submit all financial aid forms and loan applications in a timely manner may result in a delay in the disbursement of your funds and an assessment of late fees. 

The spring semester payment is usually due the third or fourth week of January.  Although P&S students do not undergo another in-person registration process in January for the spring semester, R&SFS @ CUMC will not re-register a student for the spring semester, unless the entire fall bill is paid in full by the payment due date in December.  Unregistered students may not attend school.

updated 2/18/2016

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