Office of Financial Aid

Financing a legal education can be a challenge, but we in the Financial Aid Office are available to assist you in preparing to meet it. 

Applicants to the LL.M. and J.S.D. programs who are interested in grant assistance should note that the information in this financial aid section is intended primarily for students enrolling in the J.D. program at Columbia Law School.  The Financial Aid Office reviews grant applications for J.D. students only, and the Office of Graduate Degree Programs reviews grant applications for LL.M. and J.S.D. candidates.

Contact Information

Office of Financial Aid

William and June Warren Hall, 5th Floor

Department Services

We are committed to clarifying the process of applying for financial aid so that you may explore the options that may exist for funding your legal education.

Contact us 

  • Financial Aid Introduction

    Read more about how we evaluate applications for financial aid, process loan applications, and counsel students on managing the costs of a legal education.

  • Costs and Billing

    Read an overview of costs pertaining to a Columbia Law education, additional allowances, billing and payment information, and the TuitionPay Payment Plan.

  • Applying, Receiving, and Repaying Aid

    Learn about the types of aid available and how apply, plus how to repay it after graduation.

  • Distinct Student Populations

    Columbia Law provides specialized information on financial aid for distinct populations of students, including veterans, international J.D. students, LL.M. and J.S.D. students, as well as transfer and visiting students.

  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program for Public Interest Lawyers

    Columbia’s recently enhanced LRAP reduces the burden of Law School debt with the goal of making a career in public service financially possible for graduates. 

  • Links, Forms, and Loan Calculators

    Explore our list of useful resources.

  • Contact Us

    Call or email our office to schedule a meeting with one of our Financial Aid officers.

Meet the Financial Aid Staff

Charles DeRubeis

  • Executive Director of Financial Aid

Seandell James

  • Associate Director of Financial Aid and LRAP Administrator

Yaa Dwamena

  • Associate Director of Financial Aid