A graduate education is a major investment in your future.
About 80 percent of our students receive some sort of financial aid, including grants, loans or scholarships to cover the cost of attendance. The Journalism School’s Office of Admission and Financial Aid and the Columbia University Student Financial Services work together to meet the needs of each student.
The Journalism School is proud to offer several million dollars annually in fellowships and scholarships for both domestic and international students. (Learn more about median scholarship awards by program.) Allocations of fellowships and scholarships are based on:
- Merit, as determined by the Admission Committee
- Financial need, as determined by the applicant’s current 2024–2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Columbia Journalism School Scholarship Supplement, and the CSS Profile.
- Guidelines specified by individual donors.
- Frequently Asked Questions
To apply for Journalism School scholarships and fellowships, applicants must submit the following forms by their stated deadlines:
- Columbia Journalism School Scholarship Supplement — must be submitted before the CSS Profile submission.
Note: To access this form you must log in to our online application system.
- CSS Profile and all supporting documents — deadline is January 15.
- 2024–2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — deadline is January 15.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.
Continuing students must submit these forms every academic year.
Many financial resources exist in addition to those offered by the Journalism School. We urge students to research outside scholarships thoroughly and to apply for all appropriate scholarships or fellowships. Many college alumni societies offer scholarship funding for graduate studies. Community organizations, chambers of commerce, local newspapers and religious organizations often provide information and/or funding. International students should check with the EducationUSA office(s) in their countries. The Office of Admission and Financial Aid maintains a list of opportunities that will help start your search.
Ph.D. candidates are automatically considered for scholarship aid and do not have to submit a Scholarship Aid Form.
While student loans may be used to mitigate educational expenses, they are, nevertheless, loans that must be repaid after graduation or after you cease to be enrolled halftime in a degree-granting program. For this reason, we strongly urge you to be as prudent as possible when borrowing and to understand fully the terms and conditions of any loan that you may borrow.
Federal Student Loans
Two main types offered by the United States government:
Students do not need to demonstrate financial need. Interest is charged from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. Students have the option of paying this interest while in school or capitalizing the interest.
Students with a good credit history may be eligible for PLUS loans that assist in meeting the cost of attendance.
- Amounts, eligibility requirements, terms and conditions are predetermined by federal guidelines.
- To be considered for federal loans, a student must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or an eligible non-citizen taking at least six credits per semester.
- To apply for federal loans, students must complete a 2024–2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit other required forms. Before receiving a loan, students will be required to complete:
More information about these and other Federal loans and how to apply for one can be found in the University's Graduate Financial Aid overview.
- Private student loans are offered by different private banks.
- Amounts, eligibility requirements, terms and conditions are predetermined by each financial institution.
- More information about private loans can be found in the University's Graduate Financial Aid overview.
When applying, the required School code is 002707. The Branch code is 08.
Before submission of CSS Profile:
By January 15
- Submit CSS Profile and all supporting documents
- Submit 2024–2025 FAFSA (if U.S. citizen or permanent resident)
- Apply for student loans, preferably 90 days before semester starts.
As early as possible
- Research loan options
- Research outside scholarships
- Review your credit history
- Obtain a co-signer, if necessary