Institutional Aid

Columbia University School of Nursing offers need and merit based institutional aid. Students eligible for intuitional aid must be in good academic standing. Students awarded any institutional aid after receiving a financial aid package will have their financial aid package adjusted to reflect the new award.

Need Based Aid

Need-based institutional aid (grants, university loans, and scholarships) is calculated on the basis of family financial strength as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA and financial information provided by the student and their family. Prior educational debt and the family's willingness to contribute to the student's educational costs are not factored into the aid decision.  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.) have occurred in a student's personal circumstances. Students are required to notify the Office of Financial Aid of any significant changes.

Pre-Licensure Undergraduate Scholarship (PLUS)
The PLUS scholarship is a need-based scholarship offered to eligible students during the undergraduate year of the ETP program. Student must remain in good academic standing to be eligible to receive the scholarship. Students must be eligible for federal student aid to be eligible for the PLUS Scholarship. Due to the limited scholarships available to students are encouraged to submit a completed FAFSA by March 1.

Scholarship for Advance Practice (SAP)
The SAP is a need based scholarship offered to eligible students pursuing a Master’s degree. Student must have full-time enrollment status and good academic standing to be eligible to receive the scholarship. Students must be eligible for federal student aid to be eligible for the SAP Scholarship. Priority is given to students that completed the Entry to Practice program. Due to the limited scholarships available to students are encouraged to submit a completed FAFSA by April 1.

Alumni Association Scholarship
All Columbia University School of Nursing alumni are eligible to apply.  Alumni Association Scholarships are for students who, in the fall, will be enrolled in any of the graduate or doctoral programs at Columbia University School of Nursing.  The award is only available for current students and cannot be used for any other semester than fall. Incoming Entry-to-Practice students are not eligible. Deadline is usually March of each year.

Scholarship for Disadvantage Students
The U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration provides scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled in health professions and nursing programs. Eligibility information is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/disadvantaged.html. Eligible students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid for an application.


Merit Based Aid

Merit based scholarships are not based on financial need but specific academic, research, or clinical practice criteria. Students do not need to complete a FAFSA application but are encouraged to do. Please note that merit based scholarship may have an individual application with specific deadlines.

Teaching Assistantships
Assistantships are available to doctoral and graduate students and may provide tuition exemption and/or a living stipend. Duties may include teaching, laboratory supervision, participation in faculty research, and other related activities. Graduate (MS) students are not eligible for a TA position in their first semester. Students interested in a TAship position must submit a CV demonstrating their potential, education and experience to teach to the Office of the Vice Dean, Sarah Cook.

Training Grants
Training grants assist students with extra educational cost associated with their clinical/residency program. Grants are based on the student’s specialty. Student must be in good academic standing to receive the award. Eligible students are selected by their Program Director.

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. To be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, you must qualify for the maximum level (100%) of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill according to your VA Certificate of Eligibility. To learn more about eligibility for these benefits, please visit the GI Bill website. You must also submit an application to the School of Nursing, Office of Financial Aid. An Online Yellow Ribbon Application is available for enrolled students only. Further information is available at Columbia University's Veteran Affairs.


Nurse Faculty Loan Program is a loan forgiveness program for nurses wishing to become a nurse faculty after completing their doctoral program. After four years as a full time faculty, 85% of the loan is forgiven. Due to limited funding, only DNP and PhD students are eligible to apply. Students that apply for the program must be committed to working as faculty and take an additional educational component with their program plan of study. Doctoral students interested in applying should contact the Financial Aid Office.