This is for last year and before's columbia ED applicants:
The Columbia website says that decisions are released in 10 weeks from the date of submission.
1) How much time does it actually take? Is it a function of when you submit your application?
2) Does Columbia offer loans for the $6000 ED committment submission? Will this be deducted from the Columbia tuition?
I am a CBS reapplicant, and I can answer your first question. The 10 weeks is from when your application goes under review, not from when you submit it. However, if they like your application, you will most likely here from them before the 10 weeks because they want to get you locked in as soon as possible if all goes well with the interview. I think they take the full 10 weeks for those who are getting dinged.