Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Financial Aid

What type of financial aid is available at Columbia?

Joint Program students may be eligible to receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and/or work-study. Financial aid may come from GS, federal and state governments, or private sources. For more information, visit the Financial Aid page.

Tuition

What tuition rate will I pay as a Joint Program student?

Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program students in the final two years of the program will be charged the Columbia University tuition rate. For information on specific tuition rates, visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Health Insurance

Must students enroll in a specific health insurance plan while in the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program?

While students are studying at Columbia in years three and four, they must also subscribe to coverage with an American health insurance provider, either through the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan or, for some U.S. citizens and permanent residents, through their parents’ health insurance plan. Columbia University does not recognize international insurance plans for health insurance coverage while students are enrolled in Columbia classes.

Student Life

Can I participate in extracurricular activities at Columbia?

Yes. Joint Program students are eligible to participate in a wide range of student organizations in the arts, politics, identity, culture, sports and recreation, and religion.

What is the classroom environment like at Columbia?

Class size at Columbia varies from class to class. In general, classes are lectures or seminars, with courses in the humanities and social sciences entailing a significant amount of written work and classes in more quantitative subjects requiring problem sets and exams.

Core

When I am taking core classes at Columbia, will I be with all first-year students?

No. No two students complete the Core Curriculum in the same way; moreover, given the unique nature of the Columbia undergraduate environment, classes at Columbia contain a mix of age ranges and class years.

Housing

How will I find housing at Columbia?

As a Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program student at Columbia, you are guaranteed housing for the final two years of the program. Attempts will be made to house the Joint Program students together.