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Financial systems at Columbia contain tools to enable you to create, track, and report financial transactions. Here, you'll learn about, gain access to, and log into these systems.

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Go to ARC

Visit myColumbia to log into Accounting and Reporting at Columbia (ARC).

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Go to FFE/FinSys

Visit myColumbia to log into Financial Front End (FFE)/Financial Systems (FinSys).

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Go to Concur

Visit Columbia Travel and Expense to log into Concur.

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Go to the CU Marketplace

Visit the CU Marketplace to log in and start shopping.

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Go to FDS

Visit myColumbia to log into the Financial Data Store (FDS)

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Take the Getting Access to Finance Systems Training

Learn how to get access to ARC and other Finance systems and how to submit a Financial Systems Security Application (FSSA) and a Financial Inquiry Application (FIA).

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Read the Financial Systems Security Handbook

Learn how to request or approve system access to any of the financial systems.

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Read the Reinstate ARC/FinSys Access Handbook

Learn how to request or approve a reinstatement or extension of ARC and FinSys access.

Get to Know ARC

Accounting and Reporting at Columbia (ARC) is the University’s web-based financial system, which includes modules for general accounting, procurement, and project costing (tracking financial information over a project life).

Accessing ARC
ARC/FinSys Access Reinstatement
ARC Codes and Tools

Get to Know FFE/FinSys

The Financial Front End (FFE)/Financial Systems (FinSys) consists of a suite of web modules that allow users to access and process financial activities inclusive of budgeting, cash management, and payroll for select University populations.

Budget Tool
Cash Module
Time Entry for Casual/Support Employees

Get to Know the CU Marketplace

The CU Marketplace is Columbia's eProcurement platform for shopping for goods and services.

Get to Know Concur

Concur is Columbia's online travel booking and expense management tool.

Get to Know FDS

Financial Data Store (FDS) provides access to financial data from ARC. Reports run from FDS can be viewed online, downloaded to multiple formats, printed, or saved.

Legacy Applications and Reporting

In July 2012, our legacy financial systems were replaced by ARC. The following applications and reporting tools are still available in read-only mode for information prior to July 2012:

Accounts Payable Control Analytical Review (APCAR)

APCAR was the University’s automated payment voucher processing system, used to electronically submit payment vouchers to Accounts Payable. Basic transaction reports derived from APCAR date before July 2012. 

Departmental Advanced Reporting and Tracking System (DARTS)

DARTS is a web-based legacy application that brought together diverse University financial data allowing users to run a variety of management reports. These reports are read only and only for data before July 2012.


Financial Accounting System (FAS) was the University’s previous financial system. You will find pre-July 2012 FAS reports and Consolidated Operating Budget (COB) reports as well as other legacy report functions in FAS Data Warehouse Reports (DWR).

More Systems at Columbia

Effort Certification and Reporting Technology (ECERT)

The ECRT system facilitates both the monitoring of effort distributions during the year and the required annual certification of effort.

Enterprise Learning Management (ELM)

ELM is a software application designed to deliver, track, report on, and manage trainings and learner activity.


Nelnet transacts online payments for student accounts.

People@Columbia (PAC)

PAC is the human resources system that integrates and processes all human resources, benefits, and payroll transactions for Columbia University.


PowerFAIDS is the University financial aid system that allows administrators to award, communicate, report, and track financial aid.

Student Information System (SIS)

SIS is the system of record for student data regarding admissions, financial aid, registration, transcripts, billing, and housing functions for all schools and offices at the University.

Student Services Online (SSOL)

SSOL is a multipurpose tool that manages course registration and student accounts.


TalentLink is the system used at Columbia University to manage job descriptions, requisitions, and applicant information for the recruitment of administrative personnel.


Vergil is a course planning tool for students that searches by instructor, date and time, department, subject area, keywords, and other criteria.