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Each student receives 20 hours of free peer tutoring for core courses and the prerequisite finance elective, Capital Markets and Investments. Tutoring for Columbia Business School courses is made available only to currently enrolled full-time MBA and EMBA students.
Any students taking Columbia Business School courses as cross-registrants/non-MBA students are generally not eligible for tutoring — check with OSA or EMBA Student Affairs if you are unsure of your eligibility to receive or offer tutoring.
The School is now using TutorTrac, an online tutor booking system. Through this system, students will log on and book time with tutors for tutoring. Use your Lifetime ID to log in. Students tutored in a group of two or more can pool their hours. Additional hours beyond the 20 allocated may be scheduled at the student's expense.
Students facing academic issues should meet with a member of the Office of Student Affairs or EMBA Student Affairs if they are in need of additional resources. Also, a master list of tutors is posted at the beginning of the semester and is updated with additional names regularly throughout the semester.
In all other courses, students may ask the teaching assistant or professor to recommend others who have taken the course previously and done well. Students will then have to ask those recommended if they are interested in tutoring, and make arrangements regarding hours and the fee to be paid.
In addition to the School’s established tutoring policy, international MBA students are eligible for five hours of English tutoring per semester (twenty total hours during their time here). English language tutoring is coordinated by the Chazen Institute, located in Uris 2M2. Students should contact Chazen for more information. Students tutored in groups of two or more students can pool their hours. Additional hours beyond the allocated twenty total hours may be scheduled for an hourly fee.
Cancellation Policy and Missed Appointments
Students and tutors, please make sure if you need to cancel that you give the person you have an appointment with at least 24 hours notice. If it is an emergency situation, please contact them as soon as possible. If a student does not show up within 15 minutes of the scheduled appointment and has not contacted the tutor, the tutor may leave.
Tutors are not compensated for appointments that have not been fulfilled. If a student misses more than one scheduled appointment without notifying the tutor, the tutor should notify the Office of Student Affairs or EMBA Student Affairs, who will then issue a warning to the student. If a student continues to miss scheduled appointments without notifying the tutor, after the warning has been issued, tutoring privileges may be revoked.
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More information regarding independent studies can be found in the student guide, and you can pick up the required form, as well as additional information, in Uris 105. Students may register for up to 3 credits of independent study per term (the study can be either 1.5 or 3 credits). Independent studies are designed to be independent of the classroom experience and may not be used as a means of adding a seat to a full course.
More information regarding cross-registration can be found in the student guide. MBA students may count up to six credits of graduate-level coursework at other schools within the University toward the MBA degree. Graduate-level courses are denoted by a number of 4000 or higher. Undergraduate courses may be taken as long as they are in addition to the 60 credits of graduate-level course work required for the MBA degree. Although the credits from an undergraduate course will not count toward the MBA degree, the grade earned in an undergraduate course will be included in calculating student GPA.
Membership on the dean's list is awarded at the end of the first term to students who achieve a 9.0 weighted GPA. In subsequent terms, membership is awarded to all students who achieve a 9.25 weighted term GPA.
First, meet with a club advisor in OSA, who will connect you with the GBA’s VP of clubs and careers. You’ll be required to fill out an application form, collect signatures from potential club members, plan out your first year’s budget, and make a presentation to the GBA’s club committee.
Many local vendors accept a voucher in lieu of cash payment. You can pick up the voucher from Financial Planning in Uris 216. Vouchers are essentially blank checks that you give to the delivery person upon arrival and can include a tip. Vendors send the voucher is sent back to Financial Planning as an invoice and the funds are debited from your club account.
Only students pursuing an MBA degree can join Business School clubs. Business School students seeking MS and PhD degrees are not eligible.
All loan funds - federal or private - are sent to the University's Student Financial Services (SFS) office electronically via EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer). Once the SFS office is in receipt of the funds, they place the amount(s) onto your tuition bill as a "credit" to your account. You do not need to pick up any physical checks. Any loan amounts above tuition and fees will be refunded to you. Direct deposit helps to expedite the refund process.
Refunds are issued within 7–10 days of funds arriving at the University. Assuming your loans are in place for the earliest federally allowable date, your refunds should reach you within a week following the first day of classes. For the fastest refund processing, please sign up for direct deposit on ssol.columbia.edu.
Students who face higher costs due to extenuating circumstances may request a budget increase by submitting a formal appeal along with appropriate documentation. If approved, the budget increase allows students to borrow additional loan funds, subject to lender or Department of Education approval. Appeals are not an entitlement and can be turned down by the Appeals Committee. Learn more about appeals and download the appeal form.