Scholarships and Grants

Columbia University School of Nursing is proud to offer approximately $10 million annually in fellowships and scholarships to our nursing students who demonstrate excellent academic achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise for leadership in nursing. 


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. Many students also receive tuition reimbursement from their employers while in school, and doctoral students can apply for teaching assistantships to supplement their educational costs. PhD students are fully funded for the first two years of their program.

Need-Based Aid

Need-based aid (scholarships or grants) are awarded on the basis of financial aid for the student as determined by the FAFSA. Aid received may change at any point during the academic year if a student no longer has financial need. The following criteria determines a change in financial aid: updated information on the Student Aid Report (SAR), changes in family contribution, external scholarships, or any changes in the student's enrollement. Significant changes are required to be reported immediately to the Office of Financial Aid. The following need-based scholarships are available:

  • Interschool Fellowships: Interschool Fellowships are a form of institutional aid awarded by Columbia University. For more information, visit the Student Financial Services website.

Merit-Based Aid

Merit-based aid (scholarships or grants) are awarded to students independently of their financial need. The following are merit-scholarships currently available to students:

  • MDE Scholarship: The MDE scholarship is awarded to incoming MDE students based on the academic merit of their application. Students are selected for a scholarship during the admissions application process. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.  Compensation is awarded in the form of tuition exemption.

Aid for Veteran and Service Members

  • Yellow Ribbon Program: 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. More information on the Yellow Ribbon Program.