Tuition, Fees, and Living Expenses Budget
Tuition and Fees for 2015-2016
Student Activity Fee
University Facilities Fee
Health Services Fee
Total Tuition and Mandatory Fees
Student Health Insurance (Gold Level; may be waived with proof of comparable coverage)
Document Fee (one-time fee for new Columbia University students
Total University Charges
Living Costs for the Nine-Month Academic Year
Total Living Costs
Books & Supplies
Total Academic Year Budget
International Services Fee: $120 per academic year (for all students holding a nonresident student visa)
Platinum Level Health Insurance Plan: $4,049 for the 12-month calendar year, including summer 2016 (this plan is for students who opt to obtain comprehensive health insurance coverage instead of the basic health insurance coverage required for all enrolled students).
*The estimated room expenses anticipate a budget for rent/utilities of $1,364/month for a single student.
Living expenses provide for a moderate standard of living for the New York area during the nine-month academic year. It is very important to plan carefully so that your funds will be sufficient for the entire academic year. Individual budgets may vary based on your own personal preferences and spending habits. Students needing to finance their entire cost of education must keep in mind that they will be living on a fixed income, and must establish their spending priorities accordingly. If you choose to spend more in one area, you will need to reduce your expenses in other areas. Additionally, most grant and loan funds are divided equally and disbursed at the beginning of each term but must cover educational expenses for several months. It is recommended that you prepay your major non-discretionary expenses for the term, such as tuition, fees, rent, or set aside adequate funds in a separate account to cover these costs for the entire term.
Students may encounter some expenses that are not covered by the standard cost of attendance—for example, the purchase of a personal computer or unreimbursed costs for medical services which occur within the school’s academic year.
Updated June 22, 2015