Columbia University's BA film program is now FREE for families making under $150,000 per year

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Columbia University has updated their Undergraduate Financial Aid for the 2022-2023 Academic Year and it states that families making less than $150,000 will be able to attend Columbia University for FREE.

"On April 26, 2022, Columbia University announced additional enhancements to financial aid that will support undergraduate students attending Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, and Columbia School of General Studies beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year....

The changes to financial aid for College and Engineering students, which are intended to increase access and support families, include:

  • Expanded financial aid for students of families with incomes below $66,000. Families at this income level and with typical assets are not expected to contribute to the cost of a Columbia education. The previous threshold was $60,000.
  • Increased aid for students from middle income families, by increasing the income threshold at which tuition is fully covered in the aid package. Families with incomes up to $150,000 and with typical assets will attend Columbia tuition-free.
  • As a result, the University expects to award $200 million in scholarships and grants to undergraduates in the College and Engineering next year, where more than one-half of students receive financial assistance to attend Columbia."

Since the BA in Film and Media Studies program is under Columbia College and the School of General Studies, it now appears that if you can get into Columbia for film and meet the income requirements, Columbia University is now an excellent and extremely affordable (free) way to attend film school.

Columbia University's undergraduate film program was recently featured in our list of the top undergraduate film programs in the United States:

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