Columbia Summer Funding (CSF)

Your guide to funding your summer work in public interest.

In 2023, students are eligible to earn:

  • 1Ls: $23.50/hour (pre-tax) for eight weeks of full-time work (40 work days)*

    *1Ls may apply for extended summer funding to receive funding for up to 10 weeks of work.
  • 2Ls: $23.50/hour (pre-tax) for up to 12 weeks of full-time work (60 work days)

Note: You must meet all deadlines and requirements of the Columbia Summer Funding Program (CSF) in order to receive funding.

How to Qualify for CSF

1. Registration

1Ls must complete the fall Mandatory Programming/Training requirements to automatically register for CSF. It is the student's responsibility to make sure they have fulfilled the requirements by the deadline to be registered. Once the fall mandatory programming requirements are completed, students will:

1. Be added to the Summer Funding group on CLS Connect.

2. Be assigned CSF checklists containing all spring and summer requirements.

All 2Ls that opted out of EIP are automatically registered for CSF. Review your checklists on CLS Connect to ensure you have been registered. Email [email protected] by November 30th to request to be registered for CSF.

2. Attend CSF 1L Mandatory Sessions

Complete the Mandatory Programming requirements on CLS Connect (1Ls only).

4. Complete the FAFSA
Submit the 2023–2024 FAFSA by January 9th if you wish to participate in CSF. After your FAFSA is submitted and reviewed, you will see the requirement as complete on your CSF checklist on CLS Connect. Please note, it may take 2-3 weeks following the deadline to see this requirement as complete on your checklist. 

The FAFSA uses your 2021 federal tax data (if applicable). Your parent’s data is not required. 

  • All U.S. permanent residents and citizens must complete the FAFSA.
  • Designate Columbia University (code: 002707) as the recipient school.

5. Secure a qualifying public interest or public service internship.