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Columbia Business School offers partial-tuition scholarships to qualified candidates, both domestic and international. Scholarships are mostly need-based, however, certain named scholarships have a merit component. Details on applying for scholarships can be found on the Admitted Students website after admission.

Scholarship applications should not be submitted until admission to the MBA program. August-entry scholarship applications and related materials are due by March 1 or three weeks from the date of admission, whichever is later. January-entry scholarship applications and related materials are due by October 1 or three weeks from the date of admission, whichever is later. The date of admission is defined as the date on which the Admissions Office notifies the candidate via e-mail. Since requests for financial aid are processed in the order in which they are received, admitted students planning to apply for need-based aid are urged to complete the required steps as quickly as possible.

Need-Based Scholarships

Columbia Business School begins sending out financial aid packages in April for August-entry students and October for January-entry students and continues on a rolling basis until orientation. Amounts range from $5,000–$12,000 for those who qualify.

To assess a student’s eligibility for need-based aid, the School takes into consideration all possible resources (including cash, savings, investments, money market, IRA and 401(k) accounts, CDs, trust funds, real estate equity, GI and Social Security benefits, income of student and spouse, and income tax refunds) as well as educational debt levels.

Need-Based Scholarship Descriptions

Details about several of Columbia Business School’s named scholarship awards are listed below.

Paul Ferri Scholarship

The Ferri Scholarship provides financial assistance to Columbia Business School students from Italy. Ferri Scholars are chosen from among talented Italian entrepreneurs and individuals with demonstrated financial need who show aptitude as future innovators and who possess passion and vision in the field of technology. The Ferri Scholarship partially covers tuition costs for one year and is renewable for the second year of study provided strong academic standards are achieved. Students under consideration for the Ferri Scholarship may be contacted to submit additional materials, including proof of financial position.

Gerardo Werthein Scholarship

The Gerardo Werthein Scholarship was created to provide financial support for study towards the School’s MBA degree. In awarding the scholarship, the School will give preference to students who have lived, worked, or studied in Argentina. The awarded students should be interested in returning to Argentina at some point in their career and willing to volunteer their expertise to the nonprofit and public sectors. The scholarship is based on student financial need and awarded to enrolled students at Columbia Business School.

External Scholarships

We encourage all MBA applicants to look for scholarship resources outside of the school as well.  For a listing of external scholarships and search engines, please visit our website:

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