Scholarships and Financial Aid

A graduate education is a major investment in your future.

About 80 percent of our students utilize 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 Service Center work together to meet the needs of each student.

Scholarships & Fellowships

The Journalism School is proud to offer several million dollars annually in fellowships and scholarships for both domestic and international students. Allocations of fellowships and scholarships are based on:

To apply for Journalism School scholarships and fellowships, applicants must submit the following forms by Feb. 1:

Continuing students must submit these forms every academic year.

Outside Scholarships

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. Students

Ph.D. candidates are automatically considered for scholarship aid and do not have to submit a Scholarship Aid Form. Learn more.

Student Loans

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:

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans 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.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans 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 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 Loans

  • 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.

Federal Work Study

Aid for Veterans

Financial Aid Timeline

By Feb. 1

  • Apply for Journalism School scholarships and fellowships.

By May 1

  • 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 


Financial Literacy Guides

Frequently Asked Questions

Further information to help you understand the process.

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