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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.

Upcoming external funding opportunities

The SIPA Financial Aid Office maintains a database of external funding opportunities, and we wanted to alert students to some with upcoming application deadlines. For more external scholarship awards, visit our External Fellowships and Funding Sources page.

Boren Graduate Fellowships
Requirements: Applicants must be US citizens planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
Deadline: January 29, 2020

Lint Center for National Security Scholarships
Requirements: Scholarships provided to Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding.
Deadline: January 31, 2020

Straus Historical Society Scholarship
Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens preparing for a career in public service.
Deadline: January 31, 2020

Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation
Requirements: Available only to women who are members of Kappa Kappa Gamma. There are a variety of programs available — please consult the website for further information and application details.
Deadline: February 1, 2020

Zeta Phi Beta National Educational Foundation Scholarship
Requirements: The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s National Education Foundation offers a number of scholarships and fellowships to both members and non-members. Eligibility criteria and award amounts vary, and some are available to international students.
Deadline: February 1, 2020

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
Requirements: College students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.
Deadline: February 4, 2020

Japanese American Association of New York
Requirements: Full time course of graduate student in accredited U.S. university in the greater New York area in academic year 2020-21. The student must demonstrate an interest in and ideally is already involved in furthering U.S. – Japan relations.
Deadline: February 10, 2020

Pi Gamma Mu Scholarship
Requirements: Pi Gamma Mu’s scholarships are intended for the first or second year of graduate work in the areas of sociology, anthropology, political science, history, economics, international relations, public administration, criminal justice, law, social work, psychology, and human/cultural geography.  Applicants must be members of the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society.
Deadline: February 15, 2020

New York Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc.
Requirements:
A woman who is a United States citizen and a resident of New York State, have a bachelor’s degree, currently enrolled in graduate studies in an advanced graduate degree program at an accredited New York State college or university and have already completed at least one semester in that program.
Deadline: February 28, 2020

Pat Tillman Foundation
Requirements: Active and veteran servicemembers and their families by providing scholarships for tuition and fees, living expenses, and books. The average award is $10,000.  Scholars demonstrate extraordinary academic and leadership potential, a track record of perseverance, and a deep desire to impact change in our country and communities through their studies in medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts.
Deadline: February 29, 2020

SIPA alumni on Forbes 30 Under 30; new Columbia Displaced Student Scholarship

The U.S. celebrated Thanksgiving last week, and wherever you are, I hope you were able to spend some time with loved ones and eat a good meal together. Now that we’re back, here’s a SIPA news roundup:

SIPA Alumni Featured on Forbes 30 Under 30

Forbes just released their 30 Under 30 list, which includes co-founders of education-tech startup Learnabi Rahel Tekola MPA ’18 and Niara Valerio MPA ’19! We are so excited that Rahel and Niara are being recognized for their amazing work, especially since we got to know them when they were program assistants at the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid! They shared how they met as students at SIPA and started Learnabi in this blog post from February 2019.

Congratulations Rahel and Niara!

First University-Wide Scholarship Program for Displaced Students

The United Nations estimates that more than 70 million people are currently living as refugees or asylum-seekers, or have been internally displaced due to wars and natural calamity – the largest such population in human history. We’re proud that prospective SIPA students can apply for the world’s first university-wide scholarship for displaced students. Hear from Warda Sahtout MIA ’20 and other Columbia University in the City of New York students about the impact of this scholarship and learn more about applying at globalcenters.columbia.edu/CUSDS.

Warda Sahtout MIA ’20

Upcoming Scholarship Opportunities

The SIPA Financial Aid Office maintains a database of external funding opportunities, and we wanted to alert students to some with upcoming application deadlines.  For more external scholarship awards, go to our External Fellowships and Funding Sources page.

Margaret McNamara Education Grants

Requirements: Applicants must be at least 25 years old at the time of the application deadline, a national of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility list, enrolled for a full academic term after award and not related to a World Bank Group, IMF or Inter-American Development Bank.

Deadline: January 15, 2020

Boren Graduate Fellowships

Requirements: Applicants must be US citizens planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

Deadline: January 29, 2020

Lint Center for National Security Scholarships

Requirements: Scholarships provided to Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding.

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Straus Historical Society Scholarship

Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens preparing for a career in public service.
Deadline: January 31, 2020

Finlandia Foundation National Scholarships

Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. or Finnish citizens with a minimum GPA 3.0.
Deadline: February 1, 2020

Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation Scholarships

Requirements: Applicants must be members of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Deadline: February 1, 2020

Zeta Phi Beta National Education Foundation Scholarship

Requirements: Applicants need not be members of Zeta Phi Beta. Eligibility criteria and award amounts vary, and some are available for international students.

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Upcoming scholarships and deadlines

The SIPA Financial Aid Office maintains a database of external funding opportunities, and we wanted to alert students to some upcoming application deadlines. For more external scholarship awards, visit our External Fellowships and Funding Sources page.

  • American Water Works Association Scholarships
    Requirements:
    Scholarships for students pursuing careers related to water supply and related fields
    Deadline: December 2, 2019
  • Margaret McNamara Education Grants
    Requirements:
    Applicants must be at least 25 years old at the time of the application deadline, a national of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility list, enrolled for a full academic term after award and not related to a World Bank Group, IMF or Inter-American Development Bank.
    Deadline: January 15, 2020
  • Boren Graduate Fellowships
    Requirements:
    Applicants must be US citizens planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
    Deadline: January 29, 2020
  • Lint Center for National Security Scholarships
    Requirements:
    Scholarships provided to Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding.
    Deadline: January 31, 2020
  • Straus Historical Society Scholarship
    Requirements:
    Applicants must be US citizens preparing for a career in public service.
    Deadline: January 31, 2020

Upcoming deadlines for external scholarships, and graduate fairs

Scholarship Opportunities

The SIPA Financial Aid Office maintains a database of external funding opportunities, and we wanted to alert students to some upcoming application deadlines. For more external scholarship awards, visit our External Fellowships and Funding Sources page.

  • La Unidad Latina Foundation – Graduate students working on community programs which aid in the civic empowerment and educational improvement of the Latino community may apply.
    Deadline: October 18, 2019
  • Bush Foundation Fellowship – Applicants must be at least 24 years old at the time of the application deadline and lived for one continuous year immediately prior to the application deadline in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or one of the 23 Native nations that shares the same geographic area with these states.
    Deadline: October 24, 2019
  • Harvey Fellows Program – Applicants must be Christian graduate students who possess a unique vision to impact society through their fields and who are pursuing graduate studies at premier institutions (top five) in their disciplines in the United States or abroad.
    Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Soros Fellowships for New Americans Applicants must be immigrants or children of immigrants —who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture, or their academic field.
    Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • American Association of University Women International Fellowship – Applicants must be women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
    Deadline: November 15, 2019
  • Navajo Nation Scholarship – Navajo students attending graduate school may apply.
    Deadline: November 25, 2019

Admissions Graduate Fairs Opportunities

Admissions representatives (me, specifically!) will be at these upcoming graduate school fairs:

If you’re near the Columbia University campus, take advantage of our Class Visit opportunities this semester.

Check if we’ll be in a city near you anytime soon – our team is travelling globally to meet excellent candidates like you. If you can’t make it to see us in person, we’re holding virtual information sessions too:

I look forward to meeting y’all, whether it’s in-person or online.

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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