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.
Scholarships & Fellowships
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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Graduate School of Journalism Scholarship Aid Form
- Guidelines specified by individual donors
To apply for Journalism School scholarships and fellowships, applicants must submit the following forms by January 15:
- Graduate School of Journalism Scholarship Aid Form Note: To access this form you must log in to our online application system.
- 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (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:
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 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
Part-time students may be eligible for financial assistance through the Federal Work-Study program. Aid varies in amounts and by school and is awarded based on need.
Aid for Veterans
Veteran members of the armed forces and their family members may be eligible for financial aid and other benefits.