Archive for Paying for SIPA

Scholarship Opportunities of Interest

SIPA’s Office of Financial Aid maintains a searchable database of scholarships and provides links to other free scholarship search sites here. We encourage all applicants to search for these funding opportunities throughout the application process and even once they are enrolled.

Here are upcoming opportunities that may be of interest to some students:

American Association of University Women International Fellowships

Application deadline: November 15, 2018

The AAUW awards international fellowships for full-time graduate study in the U.S. to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Note AAUW also offers other scholarship opportunities to American and international women. More information about this is available here.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS)

Application deadline: December 15, 2018

P.E.O., founded in 1869, has awarded International Peace Scholarships to women from other countries to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. and Canada since 1949.  The maximum amount awarded to a student is $12,500 and award decisions are based on demonstrated need.

Eligibility:

  • International female students pursuing full-time graduate studies at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada.
  • In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year.
  • U.S. and Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not eligible, however students with residency for tax purposes only are eligible.

Payne International Development Fellowship Program now accepting applications

The Donald Payne International Development Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2019 Fellowship for Graduate Studies. The application deadline is December 21, 2018.

The Payne Fellowship, administered by Howard University, seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will have a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

Program Benefits

  • An orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in May
  • Two summer internships, one working on international issues in D.C. in summer 2019 and one overseas at a USAID Mission in summer 2020
  • Up to $22,000 annually toward tuition and mandatory fees for a two-year master’s degree at a U.S. institution
  • $16,000 stipend for each academic year for room, board, books, and other education-related expenses
  • $10,000 per year for stipend, housing, transportation and related expenses for summer internships
  • Mentoring throughout the duration of the fellowship and during early employment at USAID
  • Employment in USAID Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements, in accordance with applicable law and USAID policy, with each Payne Fellow committing to a minimum of five years of service.

Eligibility requirements

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Seeking admission to graduate school in fall 2019 for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

Learn more about the Payne Fellowship on their website.

About USAID Foreign Service

USAID Foreign Service Officers work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times, including poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism. They are part of a corps of officers who have worked for more than fifty years to make lasting improvements to the lives of millions of people around the globe. USAID Foreign Service Officers are stationed in Washington and in more than 75 countries in five regions worldwide – Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Eurasia, Asia, and the Middle East. They work alongside colleagues from other U.S. government agencies to achieve our country’s foreign policy objectives in democracy and governance, economic growth and trade, peace and security, education and health, conflict mitigation and humanitarian response.

Straus Historical Society and American-Scandinavian Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Enrolling at SIPA – and living in New York City – represents a serious financial obligation. SIPA has made a firm commitment in recent years to devoting more resources to scholarship and fellowship programs, and fundraising efforts continue so that we can make a SIPA education more affordable.

External resources available as well, from all over the world, and SIPA students annually find millions of dollars in such scholarships each year. Our Office of Financial Aid maintains a searchable database of such scholarships, along with providing links to other free scholarship search sites, and we encourage all applicants to search for these funding opportunities throughout the application process and even once they are enrolled.

We have recently come across two awards that may be of interest to some applicants, but please check our website and keep updated with this very Admissions Blog for many more opportunities: 

Straus Historical Society

The goal the Straus Historical Society scholarship program is to help support the continuing education of a student or students whose professional goal is in the field of public service.  The Society defines public service as employment in government, the uniform services, public interest in non-governmental research and/or educational and nonprofit organizations, such as those whose primary purposes or to help needy or disadvantage persons or to protect the environment.  Columbia University is one of only three schools selected for applications for the 2019/2020 school year. The application can be found on the Straus Historical Society website.

Application deadline: November 1, 2018.

The  American-Scandinavian Foundation

The Foundation offers over $500,000 in funding to students from Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway to undertake graduate level study and research in the United States. Awards are made in all fields. See this website for more information.

The application will open in November, with a deadline of April 1, 2019.

Financial Aid FAQs: Common questions about paying for SIPA

We often tell students that as much as you plan for graduate school, you should also be planning for the tuition and payments side of it. But we understand it’s a process, and we’re here to walk you through the process.

Our financial aid officers have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help with concerns about student loans, work study, billing, and payment.

Student Loans

I was only awarded the Direct Unsubsidized Loan for $20,500 but I need more funding. What are my options?

When you submit the FAFSA, we can package you with the Direct Unsubsidized Loan because it does not require a credit check or additional application. For graduate students, the annual cap for the Unsubsidized Loan is $20,500; however, you can also apply for a Graduate PLUS loan. If you have already received your award notification, please see the Documents & Messages page of NetPartner. Beneath the section labeled “Unmet Financial Need,” you will find the application and you will see your remaining amount of need which is the maximum you can borrow in a Graduate PLUS or similar private loan.

When do I need to apply for loans/complete entrance counseling/sign the promissory notes?

We recommend you have your aid in place no later than early August. Please log in to NetPartner and be sure to accept your awards on the Accept Awards tab and review the Documents & Messages page for any outstanding materials.

When and how will the loan be disbursed?

Loans are divided evenly between the terms you are enrolled and disbursed to your Columbia student account at the beginning of each semester.

If I borrowed loans to cover living expenses, how and when will that money be refunded to me?

We strongly encourage you to set up direct deposit (click here for instructions). Any amount you borrowed in excess of the tuition and fees for the semester will be issued as a refund to you by the second week of classes after the loan has disbursed to your student bill and after you have registered for classes (assuming you have also completed all the necessary steps on NetPartner).

Can international students borrow student loans?

There are private lenders who make loans available to international students, but most require a US citizen to co-sign. Find a list of suggested lenders here.

Work Study

Do I have to accept Federal Work Study? How does it work? Will it be paid towards the bill? How do I find a job? Should I wait until I know my class schedule to look for a job?

If you were eligible for work study, it was included in your financial aid notification. You are not required to accept it. You will need to find an eligible position and then the money will be paid out to you like a regular salary subject to taxes (it is not applied to your bill). We recommend you start searching for positions and then you can work out the specific schedule after you are hired. More info, including how to search for positions, is here.

Billing & Payment

The SIPA Financial Aid Office does not charge tuition or collect payment. The office responsible for these procedures is the Student Financial Services Office. Find more information here; SFS can be reached at 212-854-4400.

When will I receive my first bill?

The fall statement will be issued August 13th and due September 14th. The full schedule is available here.

What happens with the admission deposit I paid?

It will be applied towards the charges for the first semester you are enrolled and you will see the credit on Student Services Online (SSOL) when you review your student account.

Is there a payment plan?

Yes. Information on the monthly payment plan is available here.

Can I wire money from a foreign bank to pay my bill?

Yes. Please click here for more information.

Can I waive the health insurance and health services fee?

Domestic full-time students can waive coverage if they have alternate coverage that meets the criteria; see here. The waiver for the fall term is due September 30th. Students cannot waive the Health Services Fee.

If I’m living in Columbia housing, will my rent be on the bill?

Most students in University housing will see their room charges on their bills.

My employer/sponsor is going to pay my bill and needs to receive an invoice from Columbia. What do I do?  

You will need to set up third-party billing. Please also email our office with a copy of your sponsorship letter.

I’m receiving an external scholarship. Do I notify you? Where can they send the payment?

Please email our office the details. They can mail the check to:
Attn: Payments & Deposits Office
Student Financial Services
205 Kent Hall
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Other Helpful Resources at Columbia University:

International Students & Scholars Office

Office of Military and Veterans Affairs

Yellow Ribbon Program Scholarship for Eligible U.S. Veterans

SIPA is pleased to announce the availability of the Yellow Ribbon Program Scholarship for the 2018/19 academic year. The application will be available on the SIPA website on May 14th at 12:00pm EDT under “The Yellow Ribbon Program” heading.

SIPA is committed to honoring those who have served our country by being one of seventeen schools at Columbia University participating in this program, which helps make education more accessible to eligible veterans.

To be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, you must be a U.S. veteran eligible for the maximum level (100%) of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill according to your VA Certificate of Eligibility. You can read the full program information here.

We encourage you to mark the date for the Yellow Ribbon Program Scholarship application as funding will be on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please email sipa_finaid@columbia.edu.

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