Cost of Attendance

When making your financial plans, it is necessary to consider tuition and fees as well as living expenses in estimating the overall cost of attendance.

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Tuition/Fees for 2015–16

All full-time entering students are currently charged a flat tuition rate of $20,880 per term and are eligible to enroll for 10.5 to 19.5 credit hours each term. Students enrolled in the part-time programs will be charged $1,390 per credit. Students also are charged $1,390 per credit for credits over 19.5.
Activity Fee
The activity fee of $75 per term is charged to all students to help cover the costs of student events, activities, and to help fund student organizations.
University Facilities Fee
This mandatory fee of $448 per term for full-time students provides students access to the facilities at the Dodge Physical Fitness Center and Lerner Hall, and supports enhancements for the libraries and computer networks. For part-time students, this fee is $237 per term. 
Instructional Technology Fee
A cost of $225 per term.
Health Service Fee
This fee, charged to all full-time students, allows for use of the campus health service clinic as needed. Students are charged $475 each term.
Health Insurance
The fee is charged to all full-time students in order to provide them with basic medical insurance throughout the academic year. The Gold-level coverage is charged as $1,057 in the Fall and $1,726 in the Spring. (The higher Spring rate is because insurance coverage is provided through the summer.) Students are insured from Sept. 1, 2015 until Aug. 31, 2016. A higher-level Platinum plan is available for $4,049 ($1,539 in the Fall and $2,510 in the Spring). NOTE: The Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan may not cover all of your health care expenses. The plan excludes coverage for certain services and contains limitations on the amounts it will pay. Please read the Student Health Insurance Plan Brochure carefully before deciding which plan is right for you. Students having comparable medical insurance of their own may elect to waive this fee. Click here for waiver information. For additional Health Service and Medical Insurance information, please visit the Health Service Enrollment Office or call the office at 212-854-7210.
Student Events Fee
One-time fee for incoming students to cover orientation and graduation expenses.
Documents Fee
This one-time fee, assessed during the first term of attendance, entitles students to e-transcripts, enrollment and degree certifications, and the mailing of the original diploma.
TOTAL $47,548  


Living Expenses for 2015–16

The following table lists estimated living expenses based upon reasonable expenditures over a nine month period. To determine a more realistic cost of living, however, you will need to adjust these figures to account for the personal expenses particular to your lifestyle.

Room & Board (rent, utilities, food, etc.) $19,350*  
Books $1,200  
Transportation $1,170*  
Personal $3,510*  



*Based on 9-month enrollment