Residence Unit

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Residence Unit
2020-2021 GSAS
Program Points : 
More than 20 points
Tuition Per Point: 

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.






$30,590 flat rate per term for 20 or fewer points

For more than 20 points, flat rate is charged, plus the per-point rate of $1,974

University Facilities Fee, Morningside Campus

All students registered on the Morningside Campus shall be charged a University Facilities Fee. Each program calculates the amount of the fee differently, depending on the student’s status. This fee combines the Recreational Facilities Fee (Spring Term only for Academic Year 20-21), Information Technology Fee (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, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and the School of Professional Studies (excluding Master of Science students enrolled in the School of Professional Studies), 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:

- On-Campus Students registered in full-time terminal Masters Programs in GSAS: $321 Fall / $575 Spring

- Remote Students registered in full-time terminal Masters Programs in GSAS: $305 Fall  /$575 Spring

- On-Campus Students registered in part-time terminal Masters Programs in GSAS: $192 Fall / $446 Spring

- Remote Students registered in part-time terminal Masters Programs in GSAS: $176 Fall / $446 Spring

- On-Campus Students registered in all other full-time Programs: $277 Fall / $531 Spring

- Remote Students registered in all other full-time Programs: $261 Fall / $531 Spring

- On-Campus Students registered in all other part-time Programs: $148 Fall / $402 Spring

- Remote Students registered in all other part-time Programs: $132 Fall / $402 Spring


Student Activity Fee

All GSAS students registered for a Full Residence Unit, a Half Residence Unit, a Quarter Residence Unit, or Extended Residence shall be charged per term a Student Activity Fee of $45.

All GSAS students who are in programs that charge by the point shall also be charged per term a Student Activity Fee of $45.

$45 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 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 $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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