Financing a SIPA Education
For more than 60 years, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs has been educating professionals who work in public, private and nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the world. The SIPA Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping all students explore all available means of helping to finance their education.
Direct funding at SIPA – fellowships, scholarships and assistantships – is competitive and not available to all admitted or enrolled students, but we encourage everyone to apply for this funding. Most awards to first year students are in the form of fellowships or scholarships that include no employment component, and they are only available to a limited number of the most outstanding candidates for admission. A much larger percentage of our second year students are awarded aid, mostly in the form of assistantships that do require an employment obligation.
Some SIPA students also rely on student loans as part of their financing strategy, while others are able to secure funding from outside sources, including private charitable foundations, their employer, the government in their home country or professional associations and organizations. Whatever your financing plan will be, the SIPA Financial Aid Office staff is dedicated to working with you to help you reach your goals.