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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
Students who are full time (12 points or more) in Fall and Spring will not have additional tuition charges for Summer (other applicable term fees apply). Full-time students may take a total of forty points over the Fall, Spring and Summer terms.
*Columbia University will absorb the previously communicated 2% tuition increase, bringing the 2020-2021 undergraduate tuition rate flat to last year's value.
Fall and Spring 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 (On-Campus students only), Information Technology Fee (all students charged, including part-time), 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:
- On-Campus students registered in Columbia College: $623 Fall* / $560 Spring
- Remote students registered in Columbia College: $501 Fall* / $501 Spring
*(Fall fee originally $654 for on-campus students, the fee has been reduced to reflect unique campus operations for Fall 2020. This is a lower amount than planned to reflect the reduced availability of certain services and support, including athletics facilities and Lerner.)
$1,768 per point
$3,725 per term / $7,450 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 $365.00 in the first term of registration. (Originally $485, the fee has been reduced to reflect unique campus operations for Fall 2020.)
|$365 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 (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 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 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