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
Certain fees are under review and may be adjusted for changes in services or student modality (online/remote versus in-person).
Flat rate per term for students registered for 17 or more points: $33,116
Per point for students registered for fewer than 17 points: $1,948
Student Life Fee
All undergraduate students registered in Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies shall be charged a Student Life Fee. This fee combines the Student Activity Fee, Career Education Fee, House System Fee, Printing Fee, the Recreational Facilities Fee, Information Technology Fee, the Lerner Fee, and the Cross-Cutting Multi-School Activities Fee. Except for postgraduate special students, students registered at Reid Hall, or in another course of study away from the University, the Student Life Fee shall be charged, per term, as follows:
- Students registered in Columbia College and Engineering: $843 Fall / $927 Spring
- Students registered in General Studies (Undergraduate): $657 Fall / $741 Spring
- Students registered in General Studies (Post-Baccalaureate): $509 Fall / $593 Spring
Student Activity Fee
All Post-Baccalaureate students shall be charged a Student Activity Fee of $50 per term
|$50 per term|
Maintenance of Status Fee
Maintenance of Status Fee is charged each term at a rate of $160 to all post-baccalaureate students registered with the School of General Studies who have completed their coursework but are in the writing process for medical school applications. It allows them to maintain their status as students until the process is complete.
|$160 per term|
All newly matriculated undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate students shall be charged a one-time, non-refundable Orientation Fee in the first term of registration of:
-$400 for degree students
-$290 for Post-Baccalaureate students
$750 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. 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