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Here are the centrally administered charges that may appear in the student's monthly billing statement. We encourage students to consult with their school's financial aid office to understand what other costs may make up their total cost of attendance, such as books and supplies; room and board; personal expenses, etc.







University Services and Support Fee, Morningside Campus (formerly Facilities Fee)

All students registered on the Morningside Campus shall be charged a University Services and Support Fee. Each program calculates the amount of the fee differently, depending on the student’s status. This fee combines the Information Technology and the Cross-Cutting Multi-School Activities Fee.  (Spring Term only for Academic Year 20-21), (all students charged, including part-time), the Lerner Fee (On-Campus students only), and the Cross-Cutting Multi-School Activities Fee. For students registered in a terminal Masters program in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), there will be an additional Career Education Fee to support career services. Students from the Executive Programs who wish to use the athletic facilities must pay a fee at the gym. This fee shall be charged per term as follows:

- Students registered in full-time terminal Masters Programs in GSAS: $305 Fall* / $305 Spring

- Students registered in part-time terminal Masters Programs in GSAS: $176 Fall* / $176 Spring

- Students registered in all other full-time Programs: $261 Fall* / $261 Spring

- Students registered in all other part-time Programs: $132 Fall* / $132 Spring

*(Fall fee has been reduced to reflect unique campus operations for Fall 2020. This is a lower amount than planned to reflect the reduced availability of certain services and support, including athletics facilities and Lerner.)


Student Activity Fee, MS Students

All MS students shall be charged, per term, a Student Activity Fee as outlined below:  

Full-Time students (12 or more credits):  $300

Part-Time students (less than 12 credits): $150



*Students registered for Fall B only will have these costs prorated to reflect 50% of the cost listed above. 


(If applicable) Program Fee

Students enrolled in all MS programs offered by the Industrial Engineering Operations Research (IEOR) Department shall be charged a Program Fee during the Fall and Spring terms of enrollment. This Fee shall be charged for the Fall at a rate of $500 for less than 12 points and $1,000 for 12 or more points. This Program Fee is for costs incurred in managing the program. The fee is collected by Student Financial Services.


(If applicable) Student Activities Fee

All Full-Time and Part-Time MS/PhD track and PhD students shall be charged, per term, a Student Activities Fee of $25. All CVN (Columbia Video Network) students and non-degree students (one-term, special status) are exempt from this Fee.

$25 per term

(If applicable) Health and Related Services Fee

All full-time and residential students on the Morningside Campus, including students in study abroad programs, shall be charged the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee so that they may be eligible for Columbia-supported health care, counseling, special health programs, and information. Waivers from enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan may be granted in limited circumstances.

Full-Time status is defined as 12 or more points, or students certified as full-time by their departments regardless of the number of points (according to the standard applied to all enrolled in a program).

For part-time, domestic students, enrollment in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan is optional.

Visit the Columbia Health website to read more about the due dates, process, waiver criteria, and documentation.

$610 per term

(If applicable) Health Insurance


Fall Term:  $1,400

Spring/Summer Term:  $2,276

Academic Year:  $3,676


Visit Columbia Health for information about health insurance premium rates.


(If applicable) Dining

Visit Columbia Dining to find campus dining plan options for first-year Columbia College and Engineering students, as well as upper class, General Studies, and graduate school students. 


(If applicable) Housing

Visit University Apartment Housing for information about GS and graduate student housing availability and rates.


(If applicable) Document Fee

All students registered in the University shall be charged a one-time $105.00 Document Fee that entitles students to e-transcripts, enrollment and degree certifications, and the mailing of the original diploma.

$105 one time

(If applicable) Foreign Check Fee

All students shall be charged a foreign check fee of $50.00 to cover additional processing costs on all payments made to the University in the form of a check, draft or money order in foreign currency or drawn on a foreign bank.


(If applicable) Returned Check Fee

All students shall be charged a $20.00 returned check fee for any check that is not honored by the bank.


(If applicable) Late Payment Charge

All students shall be subject to a one-time late payment charge of $150.00 if the total amount due for the term is not paid on or before the due date, or if increased charges resulting from subsequent changes to a student’s program are not paid at the time of the change.

In addition, a charge of 1.5 percent per billing cycle will be imposed on any amount past due.


(If applicable) Late Registration Fees

$50 during late registration

$100 after late registration

(If applicable) Collection Fee

Students with a past due student account balance may be charged a collection fee if the account is referred to in-house staff to collect any amount past due, or an additional amount, equal to the cost of collection, if an external collection agency or attorney is used.


(If applicable) International Services Charge

All students holding a non-resident visa, except those students in the American Language Program or students registered through the Office of Global Programs, will be charged an International Services Charge of $110 each term. This fee supports the University’s services to international students.

$110 per term

(If applicable) Withdrawal Fee



Check with your school for other costs of attendance



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