Family Engagement

Countdown to Columbia: Family Orientation & College Costs (7/16, Parents)

In This Newsletter

  • Planning for Family Orientation
  • Family Orientation on Sunday, August 24
  • Family Orientation, on Monday, August 25
  • Housing Assignment, NSOP & Move-In Registration
  • New Student Checklist
  • First Tuition Statement
  • 2014-2015 Tuition and Fees & Online Bill Estimator
  • Authorized Payer Account
  • Consider Columbia's Payment Plan
  • Explore Financing Options
  • Direct Deposit
  • Foreign Bank Account Holders
  • COLUMBIA 101 Parent Webinars
  • Regional Summer Send-off Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Dates

Columbia families,

In 5 short weeks we will have the pleasure of saying "hello" in-person. While I hope that the next month is relaxing, I know that you may have questions about moving in, academics, finances, and life at Columbia. My colleagues and I are here to help, every step of the way.

Today, at 4:00 p.m., we are offering the first of 3 parent COLUMBIA 101 webinars. I hope you consider joining me.

Your student is about to embark on an incredible journey and you're probably feeling a range of emotions. The best piece of advice I can offer is to take a deep breath and have fun.

Sincerely,

Matthew Patashnick
Director of Parent & Family Programs
mp3039@columbia.edu
212-854-2446

Planning for Family Orientation

Family Orientation registration is now available online. Since the main focus of your trip to campus will be helping your son or daughter settle in, sessions on topics--such as global programs, academic and career advising, responsible communities, health, and more--will be offered more than once. The full schedule will not be available until mid-August, but please note the following important dates and times to help with your planning.

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News & Announcements

Family Orientation on Sunday, August 24

Move-in for international students and students residing in distant states will take place on Sunday. Family Orientation check-in will take place from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. We will offer Parent and Family workshops from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Use the evening to explore the neighborhood and enjoy dinner!

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Family Orientation, on Monday, August 25

Move-in for all first-year students will take place on Monday. Family check-in will take from 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. We'll offer Parent and Family workshops from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., followed by Convocation at 2:30 p.m. Say farewell to your student before joining us for a Family Reception at 4:00 p.m.

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Housing Assignment, NSOP & Move-In Registration

Your student received an email from Columbia Housing on June 30 with his or her hall assignment, roommate information (if applicable), mailbox assignment, and Dining Plan confirmation. The email also contained a link to registration for NSOP and the housing arrival time blocks.

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New Student Checklist

Your new student will need to fulfill several requirements from Campus Operations prior to his or her arrival. The New Student Checklist outlines all of the action items to which students must attend.

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First Tuition Statement

The first tuition statement will not be generated until August 8, 2014, with a due date of September 12, 2014. Additional student account statements will be made available each month if there are changes in the balance or credit.

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2014-2015 Tuition and Fees & Online Bill Estimator

See the 2014-2015 cost for tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board, and use the online Bill Estimator to project the amount you will be expected to pay for the academic year.

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Authorized Payer Account

Federal privacy regulations limit the access of other people, including family members, to student accounts. For parents or other parties to be able to view and pay monthly E-Bills, students must set you up as an Authorized Payer through their Student Services Online (SSOL) portal.

Consider Columbia's Payment Plan

The Payment Plan enables students and/or families to pay billed expenses over several months, rather than in one payment. It's not a loan, and while there is an application fee, there are no interest charges or credit checks. Students may sign up through SSOL and authorized payers through E-Billing.

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Explore Financing Options

A variety of loan options are available to undergraduate students and families. You may choose to borrow loans to finance a portion or all of the total cost of attendance, minus other financial aid received.

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Direct Deposit

If you are receiving financial aid or a stipend, your student may receive a credit on his or her student account. The University's preferred method of refund distribution is through direct deposit. To enroll, domestic students should log into SSOL.

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Foreign Bank Account Holders

Columbia contracts with Western Union to provide an alternative to paying bills by wire transfer. The service offers competitive rate of exchange as well as the convenience of being able to make payments in many international currencies through a local bank.

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COLUMBIA 101 Parent Webinars

The first of three COLUMBIA 101 parent webinars is happening this afternoon! Please join us if you were unable to attend in-person or have additional questions about your son or daughter's move to campus and the transition ahead for your family. Click for details on dates, times, and registration.

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Regional Summer Send-off Events

The Columbia Alumni Association, in cooperation with numerous alumni chapters from across the globe, is hosting a series of informal receptions to welcome new Columbians to the community. Families are encouraged to attend!

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Upcoming Events

Jul
16
COLUMBIA 101 Parent Webinar (4:00-6:00 p.m. EDT)
Jul
19
New Student Send-off: Bangalore, India
Jul
20
New Student Send-off: Singapore
Jul
22
COLUMBIA 101 Parent Webinar (12:00-2:00 p.m. EDT)
Jul
24
COLUMBIA 101 Parent Webinar (9:00-11:00 a.m. EDT)
Jul
24
Send-off: Washington, D.C.
Jul
27
New Student Send-off: Plymouth, MN
Jul
27
New Student Send-off: Rye, NY
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Staten Island, NY
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Tampa, FL
Aug
5
New Student Send-off: Los Angeles, CA
Aug
6
New Student Send-off: New York City
Aug
7
New Student Send-off: Palm Beach, FL
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Costa Mesa, CA
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Atlanta, GA
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Long Island, NY
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: San Antonio, TX
Aug
10
New Student Send-off: Phoenix, AZ
Aug
10
New Student Send-off: Cincinnati, OH
Aug
17
New Student Send-off: Morristown, NJ

Important Dates

Jul
28
Deadline to Register for NSOP & Select Move-in Time
Aug
1
Submit proof of MMR immunity (30 Days Before Class Registration)
Aug
1
Certify Meningitis Vaccination Decision (30 Days Before Class Registration)
Aug
1
Submit Photo for University ID Card
Aug
8
Deadline to Sign Up an Authorized Payer
Aug
12
First Fall Tuition Bill Generated
Aug
17
CUE Pre-orientation Move-in
Aug
20
COÖP and ISOP Pre-orientation Move-in
Aug
24
Move-in Day One
Aug
25
Move-in Day Two
Aug
25
New Student Orientation Program Begins (through 9/1)
Aug
25
Family Orientation and Convocation
Sep
2
First Day of Fall Semester
Sep
12
First Fall Semester Tuition Bill Due
Sep
19
Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan: Confirm, Upgrade, or Request a Waiver

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