Online Financial Aid System

Columbia University’s educational financing options consist of federal, state, institutional and private sources of funds that will help meet the diverse needs of the student population. Columbia recognizes the importance of choices in educational financing and hopes that the options provided will be useful in planning and managing educational expenses.

Before you explore these options, we ask that you read the disclosure below regarding the suggested lenders featured on this website.

Please note: If you receive financial aid, you are required to notify your school's Financial Aid Office upon receiving any funds that you did not report on the original financial aid application, such as University tuition exemption, scholarships, tuition reimbursement from your employer, or sponsorship.

Are you new to this site?:  To sign in please enter your Student ID (starts with the letter C followed by 9 numbers) and your Password is your date of birth(MMDDCCYY). If you haven't been assigned a Student ID yet, please contact your admissions office. After logging in; you will be asked to create a new Password and create security questions.


Are you returning to this site?: Welcome back! To log in, simply put in your Student ID and the Password you created for this site.


Did you forget your Password?: If you are returning to the site but have forgotten the Password you created when activating your account, please click on the Forgot your Password? link in the login box.

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Disclosure on Lender Information

Columbia makes no representations, warranties or guarantees that the financing options presented here are the most attractive terms available to any particular student. In addition, please note that Columbia University is not a lender and is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, financial planning, or other professional services. Any agreements entered into with the providers whose products are included in this site will exist solely between the provider and the student, and Columbia assumes no obligation or liability in connection with any such agreements. We recommend that you consult with your own expert advisors before making educational financing decisions. In addition, please read the lender disclosure for AY 2023-2024 in relation to the lenders presented in this site. Students and parents have the right and ability to select the education loan provider of their choice, are not required to use any of the University’s suggested lenders and will suffer no penalty for choosing a lender that is not included as a suggested lender.  Your school’s financial aid office must process an awarded loan through any eligible lender that the student selects.