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.
TUITION AND FEES
MFA (Research Arts) per point rate applies to any School of the Arts Research Arts (RA) student who is already paying the flat rate RA tuition and who also wishes to take courses during enrollment as a RA student.
$2,763 flat rate
|$30 per term|
Career Services Fee
All registered MFA and MA students shall be charged a Career Services Fee of $80.00 per term.
|$80 per term|
(If applicable) Thesis Reading Fee
All Writing students in their first and second years shall be charged a Thesis Reading Fee of $100.00 per term to cover the cost of two required thesis readers for Writing Student Theses.
|$100 per term|
(If applicable) Thesis Fee, Film Division
All third-, fourth-, and fifth-year students in the Film Division enrolled in the MFA Research Arts registration category shall be charged a Thesis Fee of $2,458 per term.
|$2,458 per term|
(If applicable) Thesis Fee, Theatre Division
All third-year students in the Theatre Division (except Dramaturgy and Management concentrators) enrolled in the MFA Research Arts registration category, shall be charged a Thesis Fee of $3,122 in the Fall Term only.
|$3,122 fall term only|
(If applicable) Thesis Fee, Writing Division
All students in the Writing Division who are enrolled in the MFA Research Arts registration category shall have the option of enrolling with a thesis advisor, for which they shall be charged a Thesis Fee of $1,500 per term.
|$1,500 per term|
(If applicable) Thesis Fee, Theatre Program Acting Concentration
All fourth-year students in the Theatre Program Acting Concentration who are also being charged for Thesis Completion Status shall be charged a Thesis Fee of $2,938 in the Fall Term only.
|$2,938 in the Fall Term only|
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 (formerly called Facilities Fee). Each program calculates the amount of the fee differently, depending on the student’s status. This fee combines the Recreational Facilities Fee, Information Technology Fee, the Lerner Fee, and the Cross-Cutting Multi-School Activities Fee.
This fee shall be charged per term as follows:
Students registered in all other full-time Programs: $459 Fall / $543 Spring
Students registered in all other part-time Programs: $327 Fall / $411 Spring
(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. 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.)
Full-time students enrolled in the Executive MBA Program or Executive MPA Program, degree programs offered in San Francisco through the School of Professional Studies, and students in the MA Program in French Cultural Studies are charged the part-time Health and Related Services Fee as described in the next section.
All half- and part-time students on the Morningside Campus, including students in study abroad programs, shall be charged a reduced Columbia Health and Related Services Fee so that they may be eligible for select Columbia-supported health and related services (excluding Medical Services and Counseling and Psychological Services).
This fee shall be charged once per term as follows:
(If applicable) Health Insurance
Fall Term: $1,483
Spring Term: $2,409
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 foreign national students enrolled at Columbia University, except those students in the American Language Program or students registered through the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement, will be charged an International Services Charge of $120 each term. This fee supports the University’s services to international students.
$120 per term
(If applicable) Withdrawal Fee