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The amount of financial aid Columbia offers its incoming undergraduates has nearly doubled since the University adopted a “need-based, need-blind, full-need” approach for Columbia College and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences students in 2008, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

The data, which Columbia is mandated to report due to the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, shows that over the past decade, the net price—the total cost of attending Columbia after grants and scholarships are subtracted—for middle- and higher-income students has steadily decreased. Yet, the net price for low-income students has steadily risen.

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