Tuition, Fees, and Living Expenses Budget
Tuition and Fees for 2019-2020
Student Activity Fee
University Facilities Fee
Health Services Fee
Total Tuition and Mandatory Fees
Student Health Insurance
Document Fee (one-time fee for new Columbia University students)
Total University Charges
Books & Supplies (Only books required as part of the academic course(s) are included in this amount.)
Total Educational Costs
Living Costs for the Nine-Month Academic Year
Total Living Costs
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Total Academic Year Budget**
*The estimated room expenses anticipate a budget for rent/utilities of $1,582/month for a single student.
**This is also known as the Standard Cost of Attendance (COA).
International Services Fee: $100 per term; $200 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.
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 borrowing during the 2018-19 academic year, the average educational loan fees amount to $2,386 ($216 for Stafford loans and $2,170 for Graduate PLUS loans).
Updated June 14, 2019