Tuition and Fees Policies

Tuition and Fees Policies

Cost of Attendance

The approximate average annual cost of full-time attendance at the University for the 2018-2019 academic year is as follows:

Tuition for a 30-point program: $54,660
Tuition per point: $1,822
Fees: Total fees vary based on enrollment status. See the Tuition and Fees Chart for more information.
Living (room and board) and personal expenses (books, local commuting costs, and miscellaneous expenses): $24,170

See the Tuition and Fees Chart for details of the above.

Personal Expenses

The University advises students to open an account in one of the local banks as soon as they arrive in New York City. Since it often takes as long as three weeks for the first deposit to clear, students should cover immediate expenses by bringing travelers checks or a draft drawn on a local bank. University tuition and room rent may be paid by check.

Tuition and Fees Policies

University charges for tuition, fees, dining, and residence halls are due and payable in full, minus any authorized financial aid, by the end of the University’s official Change of Program period, in accordance with the academic calendar. Students who do not pay the full amount of any charge when due may be assessed a late payment fee. Student Account Statements and information describing billing and payment procedures are emailed before the beginning of each term. Thereafter, statements with outstanding balances are emailed approximately four times during the term.

It is the policy of the University to withhold registration privileges, diplomas, certificates, and transcripts until all financial obligations have been met. Candidates for graduation are urged to pay their bills in full at least one month prior to graduation.

In the event that a diploma, certificate, or transcript is withheld because of an unpaid bill, students may be required to use a certified check, money order, or cash to release any of the aforementioned documents.

Health Services Fee and Student Medical Insurance Plan
Payment of the Health Service Fee and the medical insurance premium is compulsory for full-time students and optional for part-time students. Students may waive participation in the Student Medical Insurance plan by showing proof of comparable coverage. For benefits attainable under these plans, regulations governing waiver of participation, and other information, see Student Medical Insurance Plan.

Special Note about Health Services Fees
Please consult the Columbia Health website for information regarding the premiums for eligible dependents and instructions for enrollment.

Part-time students may enroll in the basic or comprehensive levels of the Student Medical Insurance Plan by completing a paper or online insurance enrollment form from Columbia Health. Part-time students must also pay the Health Service Fee in order to enroll in the Student Medical Insurance Plan. The appropriate charges will be added to the Student Account Statement.

Withdrawal and Adjustment of Fees

Students sometimes need to withdraw from a semester in progress for personal or academic reasons. (See Leaves of Absence and Withdrawals for more information.) A student may be permitted to withdraw from a semester in progress up until the last day of classes and before the completion of any courses taken that semester. Withdrawal means dropping all classes in a given term as opposed to dropping some classes. Students should consult with their GS advisors if they are thinking about withdrawing, as financial and academic consequences may apply. Multiple withdrawals can lead to a student's failure to make academic progress, which may result in suspension or dismissal.

Students who intend to withdraw from a semester in progress must notify in writing their GS advisors in the Dean of Students Office. Notifying instructors or failing to attend classes does not constitute formal withdrawal. Any adjustment of tuition is reckoned from the date the Dean of Students Office receives the student's written notification. If a student withdraws after the change of program deadline, the University retains all fees and a percentage of the tuition, depending on the date of the withdrawal. In all cases, a withdrawal fee of $75 is assessed.

Note: The withdrawal fee is not included in the tuition exemption benefit for Columbia employees.

Tuition Refund Schedule

For the complete tuition refund schedule please refer to the Registrar's website.