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 students to complete their degree in a time and manner that works for them, there is no single figure that represents the cost of attendance. The calculator below enables you to calculate an estimated cost for the academic year based on your proposed courseload and living situation.
For students enrolled in fewer than 17 points, tuition is billed per semester at $1,630 per point. Students who enroll in 17 points or more in a given semester are charged a flat rate of $27,710 for that semester.
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 students to the use of computer labs, laser printers, and unlimited email. The fee is mandatory.
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 Basic 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 Gold or Platinum level (formerly 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.
The Orientation fee funds Orientation Week activities. The fee is mandatory for all new students.
The Document fee entitles students to e-transcripts, enrollment and degree certifications, and the mailing of the original diploma in perpetuity. The fee is mandatory for all new students.
The estimate for books is based on full-time enrollment; expenses for students who enroll for fewer than 12 points will be commensurately less. The figures given above are estimates, and each student's 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.