Cost of Attendance
The cost of attendance (COA) represents a student's maximum financial-aid eligibility and consists of tuition and fees plus estimated living expenses. Because GS allows each student to complete his degree in a time and manner that works for him, there is no single figure that represents the cost of attendance. The calculator below enables you to calculate an estimated cost based on your proposed course-load and living situation.
For students enrolled in fewer than 17 credits, tuition is billed per semester at $1,454 per credit. Students who enroll in 17 credits or more in a given semester are charged a flat rate of $22,045 for that semester.
Student Life – The Student Life fee supports student activities, provides access to the facilities at the Dodge Physical Fitness Center, and Lerner Hall, supports enhancements for the libraries and computer networks, and entitles you to the use of computer labs, laser printers, and unlimited email. The fee is mandatory.
Health Service – The Health Service fee allows students to enroll in the Health Service Program and grants access to the programs and services provided on-campus through the five Health Services departments, as well as coverage for specific off-campus services. The fee is mandatory for all full-time students and all students who enroll in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan. Part-time students have the option to enroll in the Health Service Program.
Student Medical Insurance Plan – University policy mandates that all full-time students be insured in a medical insurance plan. Full-time students will be automatically enrolled in the Student Medical Insurance Plan. Part-time students have the option to enroll in the Student Medical Insurance Plan. Students may choose to enroll in either the Basic or Comprehensive level of the Student Medical Insurance Plan. Full-time students who are already covered under another medical insurance plan may submit a request to have their enrollment in the Student Medical Insurance Plan waived.
Orientation Fee – The Orientation Fee funds Orientation Week activities. The fee is mandatory for all new students.
Transcript Fee – The Transcript Fee entitles you to copies of your transcript at no additional charge, in perpetuity. The fee is mandatory for all new students.
Books - The estimate for books is based on full-time enrollment; if you enroll for fewer than 12 credits, your books expenses will be commensurately less. The figures given above are estimates. Your actual expenses will vary.
Please note: This calculator tool has been provided to give you a sense of what your estimated cost of attendance may be. It is not an official determinant of your costs.