October 03, 2016

SFS Advisory: Cash Payments Will Not Be Accepted as of November 1, 2016

Student Financial Services (SFS) advises that As of November 1, 2016, the University will no longer accept cash payments for student accounts. You can pay your tuition and other charges by check, wire, e-payment, Western Union, and money order.  Get prepared for November 1st and learn more about your payment options.  New students can open a U.S. bank account soon after arrival. See information at Your First Week

August 29, 2016

NLRB Decision on Unionization for Teaching and Research Assistants

This is to reassure you that the recent ruling of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) holding that graduate students having appointments as teaching or research assistants are considered “employees” of the University and are eligible to vote to form a union will not and cannot affect your student visa status. 


August 26, 2016

New version of form I-20 must be used after July 1, 2016

If you’re in F-1 status at Columbia as a student or on OPT after July 1, 2016, make sure you have the correct version of the I-20 when you travel. DHS implemented a new format I-20 on June 29, 2015 which must be used as of July 1, 2016. 

Check the bottom left-corner of your I-20. "ICE Form I-20 (3/31/2018)" should be printed there.