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OSA-administered core and elective exams may be rescheduled for the following reasons:
- Exam conflict, defined as either: 1) two final exams scheduled at the same time; 2) three or more final exams scheduled within a two-day period (this does not apply to in-class exams); or 3) two exams that occur on the same day when one exam is scheduled to last for 4.5 hours or more
- Religious observance
- Personal, medical, and family emergencies. Documentation is required for medical absences.
- Military service
- Court appearances, such as jury duty
- Some family/special event travel requests
Exceptions are made in consultation with faculty members.
Full-time MBA students should e-mail requests to reschedule exams to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that make-ups are generally scheduled for a date after the general exam seating.
EMBA students should contact their cluster's student affairs officer. Requests to reschedule exams for reasons other than those listed above should be e-mailed to your program's assistant dean for consideration and include the reason for the appeal as well as the exam and course details.
If the request for a rescheduled exam is approved, the administration will make every effort to reschedule your exam during the given exam period, in consultation with your professor. In some unusual cases, the administration and your professor may arrange for a rescheduled exam to be taken remotely.
In some cases, if the exam cannot be rescheduled during the exam period or offered remotely, students may receive an IN (incomplete) for the course and must complete the exam (as well as all course requirements) within the following semester. If the required exam is not completed within the following term, an automatic grade of F is awarded for the class. Students who miss exams outside of the parameters and permissions outlined above will be considered as having an unexcused absence from the final exam.
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More information regarding independent studies can be found on the Indepedent Study webpage , 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 can be found on the Cross-Registration webpage. 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.
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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.