Financial Aid

Sources of financial aid may be available through a variety of internal and external sources including loans and work-study. For more information, please read more here. Questions regarding these funding opportunities should be directed to the GSAS Office of Financial Aid.

MA Merit Scholarship

The Department of Statistics awards a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified applicants. Applicants who wish to be considered for the scholarship are strongly encouraged to apply by January 31st, 2021.  Candidates who qualify will be contacted directly via the department at the time of acceptance. 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, using the same guidelines. However, applicants who apply by the early application deadline, January 31st, 2021, will receive an admissions decision earlier.  Early applicants will be notified that their application has been accepted, denied, or waitlisted by early March. 

Grader Position

Beginning in their second semester, academically strong MA Statistics students can apply to be a grader.  Graders support faculty and TA’s in specific courses.  This is a paid opportunity open to domestic and international students.  Information about applying will be communicated to MA Statistics students via email.  

Research Internships

There are paid research internship opportunities on campus.  Primarily self-initiated, it is recommended that students interested in research join the MA2PhD Club.    


Shardashish Interschool Fellowship

The Shardashish Interschool Fellowship program is offered at Columbia University in cooperation with the UNM Foundation in India. The fellowship aims at making the best quality of educational opportunities available for students who are financially restrained yet committed to developing the future of India.  Preference is given to candidates who have been admitted for a master’s program at Columbia University. The maximum amount a student can receive is $50,000 a year that could be used for both fees and tuition. Please see the link above for information on how to apply and details about deadlines.