Student Financial Planning for the Arts

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The Office of Student Financial Planning is pleased to provide the following financial aid information to students in the School of the Arts. Our office in 210 Kent Hall is the central contact for counseling SOA students on financial aid.

Students in SOA must meet graduate student eligibility requirements for financial aid.

 

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What is iGrad?

Student Financial Services and University Life partnered to provide students at Columbia University access to iGrad; a financial wellness resource that supports developing personal financial well-being. Through its’ web-based financial literacy platform, iGrad provides personalized financial education through a dynamic array of interactive tools and resources, such as video tutorials, live financial wellness webinars, quizzes, articles, and a crowdsourced knowledge base powered by a community of more than 600 colleges and universities nationwide.  Accepted students have unlimited access to this personalized financial education and wellness resource now and after graduation.  We encourage you to engage with this platform as you seek information that supports making well-informed financial decisions.

 

Find Important Forms:  Find SOA forms by visiting our Forms & Documents Library

 

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Cost of Attendance by Program

The cost of attendance, also known as the "budget" or "COA," represents the student's maximum financial aid eligibility. The budget is determined by the school and consists of tuition and fees plus estimated living expenses.

In determining the budget, the school applies a conservative estimate of living expenses to all students. We recognize, however, that actual living expenses vary from person to person. If the student faces higher actual costs or has extenuating circumstances that warrant a higher cost of attendance, the student may request a budget increase.

2020-2021 Financial Aid Checklist - Graduate Students (PDF)

 

MFA First & Second Year Full Residency Students - 12-18 credits per semester*

2020-21

(Estimated costs based on an eight-month academic year.)    

ItemCost
Tuition$ 65,116
Fees**$ 6,178 - $6,598
Living$ 22,440
Books$ 2,874
Commute$ 1,016
Personal$ 5,400
Loan Origination$ 216
TOTAL$ 103,240 - $103,660

 

 

2021-22

(Estimated costs based on a nine-month academic year.)    

ItemCost
Tuition$ 66,880
Fees**$ 6,700 -$6,805
Living$ 22,788
Books$ 2,874
Commute$ 1,143
Personal$ 5,670
Loan Origination$ 216
TOTAL$ 106,271 - 106,376

*Additional tuition charges may apply for students who register for more than 18 credits per semester.

**Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Cost also includes $100 per semester thesis reading Fee for 1st and 2nd Year MFA Writing students and a one-time $105 document fee charged to all students in their first semester of attendance. Also includes ISSO fee charged to international students only. Additional fees may apply.  

 

MA First Year Residency Students - 12-18 credits per semester*

2020-21

(Estimated costs based on an eight-month academic year.)

ItemCost
Tuition$ 61,172
Fees**$ 6,178 - $6,398
Living$ 22,440
Books$ 2,874
Commute$ 1,016
Personal$ 5,400
Loan Origination$ 216
TOTAL$ 99,296 - $99,516

 

 

2021-22

(Estimated costs based on a nine-month academic year.)

ItemCost
Tuition$ 63,464
Fees**$ 6,700 - $6,805
Living$ 22,788
Books$ 2,874
Commute$ 1,143
Personal$ 5,670
Loan Origination$ 216
TOTAL$ 102,855 - $102,960

 

*Additional tuition charges may apply for students who register for more than 18 credits per semester.

**Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Cost also a one-time $105 document fee charged to all students in their first semester of attendance. Also includes ISSO fee charged to international students only. Additional fees may apply. 

 

Third, Fourth & Fifth Year Theatre MFA Students (Research Arts) - Acting, Directing & Playwriting

2020-21

(Estimated costs based on an eight-month academic year.) 

ItemCost
Tuition$ 5,380
Fees*$ 6,178 - $6,398
Thesis Fee**$ 3,040
Living$ 22,440
Books$ 2,874
Commute$ 1,016
Personal$ 5,400
Loan Origination$ 216
TOTAL$ 46,544- $ 46,764

 

 

2021-22

(Estimated costs based on a nine-month academic year.) 

ItemCost
Tuition$ 5,526
Fees*$ 6,700 - $6,805
Thesis Fee**$ 3,122
Living$ 22,788
Books$ 2,874
Commute$ 1,143
Personal$ 5,670
Loan Origination$ 216
TOTAL$ 48,039 - 48,144

 

*Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Also includes ISSO fee charged to international students only. Additional fees may apply. 

**One-time thesis fee charged during the first semester of research arts program

 

Third, Fourth & Fifth Year Theatre MFA Students (Research Arts) - Dramaturgy, Stage Management, Theatre Management & Producing

2020-21

(Estimated costs based on an eight-month academic year.) 

ItemCost
Tuition$ 5,380
Fees*$ 6,178 - $6,398
Living$ 22,440
Books$ 2,874 
Commute$ 1,016
Personal$ 5,400
Loan Origination$ 216
TOTAL$ 43,504 - $ 43,724

 

 

2021-22

(Estimated costs based on a nine-month academic year.) 

ItemCost
Tuition$ 5,526
Fees*$ 6,700 - $6,805
Living$ 22,788
Books$ 2,874 
Commute$ 1,143
Personal$ 5,670
Loan Origination$ 216
TOTAL$ 44,917 - $45,022

 

*Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Also includes ISSO fee charged to international students only. Additional fees may apply. 

 

Third, Fourth & Fifth Year Film MFA Students (Research Arts)

2020-21

(Estimated costs based on an eight-month academic year.)

ItemCost
Tuition$ 5,380
Fees*$ 6,178 - $ 6,398
Thesis Fee$ 4,916
Living$ 22,440
Books$ 2,874
Commute$ 1,016
Personal$ 5,400
Loan Origination$ 216
TOTAL$ 48,420 - $ 48,640

 

 

2021-22

(Estimated costs based on a nine-month academic year.)

ItemCost
Tuition$ 5,526
Fees*$ 6,700 - $6,805
Thesis Fee$ 4,916
Living$ 22,788
Books$ 2,874
Commute$ 1,143
Personal$ 5,670
Loan Origination$ 216
TOTAL$ 49,833 - $49,938

 

*Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Also includes ISSO fee charged to international students only. Additional fees may apply. 

 

Third, Fourth & Fifth Year Writing MFA Students (Research Arts)

2020-21

(Estimated costs based on an eight-month academic year.)   

ItemCost
Tuition$ 5,380
Fees*$ 6,178- $ 6,398
Thesis Fee**$ 3,000
Living$ 22,440
Books$ 2,874
Commute$ 1,016
Personal$ 5,400
Loan Origination$ 216
TOTAL$ 46,504 - $ 46,724

 

 

2021-22

(Estimated costs based on a nine-month academic year.)   

ItemCost
Tuition$ 5,526
Fees*$ 6,700 - $6,805
Thesis Fee**$ 3,000
Living$ 22,788
Books$ 2,874
Commute$ 1,143
Personal$ 5,670
Loan Origination$ 216
TOTAL$ 47,917 - $48,022

 

*Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Also includes ISSO fee charged to international students only. Additional fees may apply. 

**Optional Writing MFA Thesis Advisment Fee

 

MA Extended Residency Students

2020-21

(Estimated costs based on a four-month academic year.)   

ItemCost
Tuition$ 11,634
Fees*$ 2,866 - $ 2,966
Living$ 11,220
Books$ 1,437
Commute$ 508
Personal$ 2,700
Loan Origination$ 108
TOTAL$ 30,473 - $ 30,573

 

2021-22

(Estimated costs based on a four-month academic year.)   

ItemCost
Tuition$ 12,070
Fees*$ 2,900 - $3,000
Living$ 10,128
Books$ 1,437
Commute$ 508
Personal$ 2,520
Loan Origination$ 108
TOTAL$ 29,671 - $29,771

 

*Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Also includes ISSO fee charged to international students only. Additional fees may apply. 

 

 

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Types of Aid

 

Student Loans

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FEDERAL DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS

For general information, visit our Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans page.

Aside from the FAFSA, the Office of Student Financial Planning requires the following documents:

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FEDERAL DIRECT GRADUATE PLUS LOANS

For general information, visit our Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loans page.

 

For students in the School of the Arts, start the process of applying for a Federal Graduate PLUS Loan online for the 2020-2021 school year here.

 

For students in the School of the Arts, start the process of applying for a Federal Graduate PLUS Loan for the 2021-2022 school year here.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The above link is for graduate students enrolled at the School of the Arts who have already filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. For students enrolled at other schools at Columbia, please contact your school’s financial aid office for specific Federal Graduate PLUS Loan application instructions.

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Alternative Loan Programs (Additional Educational Loans)

 

PRIVATE LOANS

For general information, visit our Private Loans page.

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Scholarships and Grants


COLUMBIA INSTITUTIONAL AID

For information about scholarships and grants, prospective and current students of School of the Arts should visit the school's website.

 

OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS and GRANTS

Visit our Outside Awards page.

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