Columbia College’s Undocumented Student Applications

Beginning with this current admissions cycle, undocumented students applying to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering will be evaluated under the same need-blind policy as US citizens and permanent residents. Prior to this change, undocumented students had been considered international applicants, meaning their applications for admission were evaluated in a need-aware manner.

Additionally, Columbia remains committed to meeting 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all students admitted as first-years or transfer students pursuing their first degree, regardless of citizenship status. International students, including undocumented students, are not eligible to receive federal and state financial aid, so Columbia meets their full need entirely from institutional resources.