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Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships underwritten by alumni, friends, and foundations, as well as grants, loans, and employment opportunities are available to students to help finance their education at Columbia Nursing.

Ninety percent of new students last year received institutional scholarships, and Columbia Nursing awarded over 6 million in scholarships to new students. Many students also receive tuition reimbursement from their employers while in school, and doctoral students can apply for teaching assistantships (TA-ships) to help cover the cost of their tuition. Additionally, PhD students are fully funded for the first two years of their program, and DNP students may acquire a paid residency for their last two semesters of the DNP.

 

Need-Based Aid

Need-based scholarships (grants) are awarded based on the information received from your FAFSA. Need- based scholarships may change at any point of the academic year if a student no longer has a financial need. Change in financial aid is determined by updated information on Student Aid reports (SAR), contribution from family support not included on the FAFSA or School of Nursing Scholarship application, and external scholarships. Please note that your aid may be adjusted if you receive additional resources such as fellowships, outside scholarships, company sponsorship, or if you reduce your enrollment. You are required to notify us immediately of any financial changes, since your eligibility for certain types of aid may be impacted.

 

To apply for institutional need-based aid, students must complete a FAFSA and enter Columbia University’s federal code 002707. Need based scholarships may be adjusted if there are significant changes (e.g., marriage, children, inheritances, tuition exemption, outside awards, family contribution, etc.) to a student's personal circumstances. Students are required to notify the Office of Financial Aid of any significant changes.

 

Students may also apply for Interschool Fellowships. These fellowships are need-based awards that are not restricted to students in one Columbia school or college. 

 

Merit-Based Aid

Merit-based institutional aid is given to students independently of their financial strength. The following are merit-scholarships currently available to students:

  • MDE Scholarship: 
    Merit based scholarships (grants) may be awarded to students that completed the School of Nursing Application by the deadline. Awards were determined by the Merit Scholarship Committee.   Students that receive a Merit Scholarship are expected to participate in professional, career, and leadership development programming hosted by the Office of Student Life. These workshops and trainings will prepare you to market yourself as a new graduate as well as develop your professional skillset as a leader. You will be contacted by the Office of Student Life with a list of eligible programming during your first summer term. To receive this scholarship students must be enrolled at least full-time (or following your 3yr DNP program plan) and in good academic standing to be eligible for the scholarship.  Students on academic or behavioral probation risk forfeiting any grant funding. Students who take a Leave of Absence, which is not required by program, forfeit their scholarship upon return.  This award is will be re-evaluated each academic term.
     
  • MDE/DNP Seamless Scholarship:
    Students who apply to the MDE/DNP combined program and who continue seamlessly from the MDE to the DNP will be awarded a scholarship during the DNP program. This scholarship will be split evenly during the first and second years of the DNP program.  To receive this scholarship students must be enrolled at least full-time (or following your 3yr DNP program plan) and in good academic standing to be eligible for the scholarship.  Students on academic or behavioral probation risk forfeiting any grant funding. Students who take a Leave of Absence, which is not required by program, forfeit their scholarship upon return.  This award is will be re-evaluated each academic term.
     
  • Teaching Assistantships:

    Assistantships are available to DNP and PhD students after their first semester of classes and MDE students after their first year of classes.  Duties may include teaching, laboratory supervision, grading assignments, and other related activities. TA compensation is provided in the form of tuition exemption.  A TA-ship will affect your financial aid. TA waivers are considered grants and will be added to your financial aid package. This may decrease your loan eligibility and portions of your loans may need to be returned to your lender. If offered a TA position, you must contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss how this will affect your current financial aid package.  

    Past TA positions do not ensure a position for future semesters. TA application periods will be announced through the student newsletter. 
     
  • Nurse Faculty Loan Program (for currently enrolled DNP and PhD students):
    The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) was created with the purpose to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty by providing loans to part-time and full-time students. Currently enrolled students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD programs who desire a concentration in the academic educator field are eligible to apply. After graduation, 85% of the total NFLP loan is forgiven over a consecutive four-year period while loan recipients serve as full-time nurse faculty at a nursing school.

    To apply, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at sonfinaid@cumc.columbia.edu
     
  • Yellow Ribbon Program (for currently enrolled veteran students):
    The Yellow Ribbon Program is an initiative authorized by the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (the Post-9/11 GI Bill ®) in which educational institutions provide eligible student veterans with a tuition waiver or grant matched by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. This program supplements the base educational benefits provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill ®. Participation in this supplementary program is determined by Columbia's participating schools on a first-come, first-serve basis for up to $8,000, and is available only to enrolled students who meet the 100% entitlement according to their VA-issued Certificate of Eligibility. For more information on the program, click here.

    Applications are due on Thursday, November 1, 2018. To apply, click here.