Office of Financial Aid

A law degree from Columbia is an important and powerful investment in your future. The Office of Financial Aid is committed to providing access to the resources and assistance you need to successfully make this investment, regardless of your financial circumstances. 

Columbia Law School's Office of Financial Aid guides students through the process of exploring the available financial aid options. The office's responsibilities include evaluating applications for financial aid, processing loan applications, administering the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), and counseling students on effectively managing costs.

To help ensure that admitted law school applicants have the available financial aid information and options they may need to review before they enroll, all admitted students receive information detailing resources related to financial aid (grants, student loans, etc.) as presented in the Admitted Student Handbook and on our website. Furthermore, the availability of individual student loan counseling is accessible to Columbia Law School students through MAX by AccessLex®.

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

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

  • J.D. and LL.M. Tuition and Fees

    Read an overview of costs relating to a Columbia Law education, budgeting, additional allowances, and disbursement information.

  • Billing

    Browse some details of billing and payment information, and the TuitionPay Payment Plan.

  • Applying, Receiving, and Repaying Aid

    Learn about the types of aid available and how to 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 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

  • Director of Financial Aid and LRAP Administrator