Tuition, Fees, and Living Expenses Budget
Tuition and Fees for 2017-2018
Student Activity Fee
University Facilities Fee
Health Services Fee
Total Tuition and Mandatory Fees
Student Health Insurance (Gold Level)
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: $80 per term; $160 per academic year. This fee supports the University's services to international students (those holding a nonresident student visa)
Administrative Processing Fee: $100 fee. This one-time fee is for newly-admitted international students for Columbia University's visa supervision.
Platinum Level Health Insurance Plan: $4,560 for the 12-month calendar year, including summer 2018 (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 $1,378/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.
For students borrowing federal student loans, the average educational loan fees for borrowers at Columbia Law School will automatically be added to the cost of attendance at the time of loan certification. Based upon an assessment of Law School student borrowing during the 2016-17 academic year, the average educational loan fees amount to $2,208.
Updated July 13, 2017