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2018 - 2019

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.






$28,304 flat rate per term

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, which supports activities at the student center, and the Cross-cutting Multi-school Activities fee, which supports new University-wide student activities.

$850 per term


(If applicable) Tuition Rate - Music Instruction, Teachers College

Columbia College students shall be charged the Teachers College per point rate of $1,658 in addition to the regular rate for any course at Teachers College designated by Columbia College as music instruction.

$1,658 per point

(If applicable) Tuition Rate - Barnard College-Columbia College-Juilliard College Exchange Program

Students who are admitted to the Barnard College-Columbia College-Juilliard College Exchange Program shall be charged tuition of $6,450 per year ($3,225 per term). This cross-registration program allows fully enrolled Barnard or Columbia College students to take private lessons at Juilliard with a faculty member.

$3,225 per term / $6,450 per year

(If applicable) Tuition Rate - Exchange Scholars

Columbia College students who are Exchange Scholars shall be registered in the Student Information System under a special billing program code (CCNDGS) which carries the health service fee, medical insurance fee, student life aggregate fee and ISSO fee (if international) and carries no tuition, orientation fee and document fee charges.


(If applicable) Orientation Fee

All newly matriculated, undergraduate students in Columbia College or Columbia Engineering shall be charged a one-time, non-refundable Orientation Fee of $450.00 in the first term of registration.

$450 one time

(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.

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.


$561 per term

(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 Columbia Housing to find rates for campus residence halls for first-year and upper class undergraduate residents.


(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 $90 each term. This fee supports the University’s services to international students.

$90 per term

(If applicable) Withdrawal Fee




Check with your school for other costs of attendance




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