Appeals at CSSW

The School of Social Work offers several opportunities for students to appeal their financial aid package if they have unmet financial need, emergency expenses, Covid-related expenses, have exceeded their financial aid budget or have been denied a federal education loan. Applicants may be enrolled full-time or part-time. International students are eligible for appeals on a case by case basis.

Applicants will be reviewed for financial need based on their FAFSA data and may provide supplemental documentation if applicable. Most appeals are awarded on a one-time basis and are non-renewable. We recognize that our limited funding cannot meet all need. We recommend reviewing the resources on Columbia’s iGrad Coronavirus page as well as Outside Scholarships (LINK) and Competitive Scholarships.

A committee determines all appeal recipients. Appeal decisions are dependent upon the availability of funding. CSSW may adjust funding if needed.

Appeal Policies

The deadline to apply for these funds for the 2021-2022 academic year varies.

Incoming Student Appeal

Incoming students who have received their financial aid award letter for the 2021-2022 academic year may appeal their financial aid package through the Incoming Student Appeal in the link below. Please include a summary of financial need in the appeal, and attach any supporting materials, including scholarship offers from another program. Applicants must be enrolled in at least 10.5 credits, including field education, in order to remain eligible for scholarship.

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Applications are open through September 23, 2021

Current Student Appeal

Currently enrolled students who have received their financial aid award letter for the 2021-2022 academic year may appeal their financial aid package through the Current Student Appeal in the link below. This funding may be used to replace debt if a student has met their Cost of Attendance or at the discretion of the appeal committee. Please describe your financial circumstances in the appeal, and attach any supporting documents.

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Applications are open to current students through May 2, 2022

Emergency Fund Appeal

Currently enrolled students who are experiencing an immediate financial hardship or emergency may appeal for funding through the Emergency Fund in the link below. In the appeal, please specify the nature of your financial hardship (medical expenses, food, rent, moving expenses) and include any supporting documents you wish Financial Aid to review when considering your application.

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Applications are open for currently enrolled students for Fall 2021 through May 2, 2022

Budget Appeal

Students who have exhausted their Cost of Attendance budget for financial aid may be eligible for an increase through a Budget Appeal. Please see the link below for a list of expenses that may be considered for a Budget Appeal, as well as required documentation to prove expenses.

Please submit the form linked below along with supporting documents to

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Applications are open to current students through May 2, 2022

HEERF (Cares Act) Appeal

We are pleased to announce that Columbia is launching the next phase of disbursement to students of federal funds provided through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) program. The University’s neediest students who are enrolled full time in schools or programs that do not already have a “meet need / no loan” or “fully funded“ financial aid policy will receive $1,500 per student. Each school will work with the University’s Student Financial Services (SFS) to determine student eligibility for this portion of the program. If selected, these one-time grants to eligible students may be used for costs that arise due to the coronavirus pandemic or other education related expenses, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. In addition, all students in need may be eligible for additional school based emergency funding through HEERF. Information about school based funding is expected to be announced in late October 2021.

Students who would like to be considered for this initial funding through the University but did not complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be sent instructions to provide financial information that will be used to determine their eligibility for this funding. Domestic students may check to see if they filed a FAFSA by accessing the University’s financial aid portal. Instructions to log in are found on the site’s main page. Alternatively, domestic students may check via the U.S. Department of Education’s website.

Selected students will need to complete a certification process. More information on this is forthcoming. We expect the University to begin making distributions on Monday, November 8, 2021 to selected students.

Alternative Funding Appeal

Students who have been denied a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan or a private education loan may appeal for Alternative Funding using the link below. In order to be eligible, students must have appealed the loan credit decision and made all reasonable attempts to clear up any credit report or to secure a co-signer, but are still unable to get approval for either type of loan.

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Applications are open to current students on a first come first serve basis until funding is no longer available.