Visiting Students

Display Title: 
Visiting Students
2017 - 2018

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.






$27,252 flat rate per term

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

Columbia College students shall be charged the Teachers College per point rate of $1,572.00 in addition to the regular rate for any course at Teachers College designated by Columbia College as music instruction.

$1,572 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 $5,950.00 per year ($2,975.00 per term). This cross-registration program allows fully enrolled Barnard or Columbia College students to take private lessons at Juilliard with a faculty member.

$2,975 per term / $5,950 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

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.

$811 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 Fee so that they may be eligible for on-campus health care, counseling, special health programs, and information. Students will need to provide their health insurance coverage information at the time these services are received and in cases where off-campus care is needed.

For more information about the Columbia Health Insurance Plan, including eligiblity, services, and requesting waivers from insurance, visit Columbia Health.

$541 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.

$150 one time

(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 will be charged an International Services Charge of $70.00 each term. This fee supports the University’s services to international students. 

$70 per term

(If applicable) Withdrawal Fee



Check with your school for other costs of attendance



Learn how to read the student billing statement