Withdrawals | Columbia Journalism School

Withdrawals

General Information

Withdrawal is the act of formally giving notice that one is leaving the Journalism School without intending to return at a future time. A student who has withdrawn is not eligible for reinstatement. 

Procedure

To withdraw from the Journalism School, complete the following checklist:

  • A formal request must be made in writing to Dean Huff via email and withdrawal form submitted.
  • Notify immediately Tarin Almanzar, our Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid. She will review your finances and the refund rates as they apply to you.
  • Make plans to vacate housing within 48 hours of the beginning of the leave if you are a resident of Columbia Housing.

Health Insurance

Please contact Health Services at 212-854-7210 to discuss health insurance options outside of Columbia. 

Visa Issues

Students on a J1 or F1 visa who intend to withdraw must contact the International Students and Scholars Office as soon as possible.

Financial Aid

It is vital that students direct all financial aid questions to the Journalism Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. A student who is out of school for more than a semester may be required to begin loan repayments. Therefore, it is important to schedule an exit interview with Journalism Financial Aid to discuss the options for a particular loan before leaving. 

Campus Involvement

A student who has withdrawn may not use university facilities. Email accounts are normally suspended within six to nine months after the withdrawal is processed.

Please note that students who have withdrawn but have previously been awarded a Columbia degree may, as alumni, retain access to their LionMail email account and use facilities such as the libraries. See the Columbia Alumni Association website for more information.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding your personal leave or reinstatement, please email Dean Melanie Huff or call her at 212-854-3861.