Four things you should know about the FAFSA

As graduate school deadlines continue to pass and come up, don’t forget to continue planning on how to finance your degree. For applicants applying to the upcoming fall term, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, don’t forget to complete the 2020-21 FAFSA.

  1. Submitting the FAFSA is free. You do not have to pay to complete the FAFSA, and any website or service offering to do it for you is a scam. You can also complete the FAFSA using the MyStudentAid App.
  2. If you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and applying for a SIPA Scholarship, submit the FAFSA by the stated deadline on your admissions application. 
  3. To ensure we receive your information, designate Columbia University: School of International and Public Affairs as the recipient by using our school code number: 002707.
  4. You should not put your parents’ information when completing this FAFSA. In graduate school students are considered independent when filing the FAFSA application. The information you submit should be your own.

For Columbia SIPA, the FAFSA is required to determine eligibility for fellowships and federal aid. For graduate students, federal aid options come in the form of an Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Work Study, and Graduate PLUS Loan. You are not required to accept any federal loans offered.

We encourage students to create a financing plan that covers the duration of the program, and to reach out to our Financial Aid team if you want guidance.