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Standard Cost of Attendance

The financial aid determination process starts with the standard cost of attendance (COA) for a student. The items listed below form the basis for what the Office of Financial Aid can permit in overall financial aid, including student loans. 

Although charges for tuition and fees are not finalized by the university trustees until June, the following information for the current academic year (2022-2023) can provide you with a guideline for tuition fees, and related expenses. Please keep in mind that an increase to these charges is anticipated for the 2023-2024 academic year. Visit J.D. and L.L.M. Tuition and Fees for more information. 

2022-2023 Costs

2022-2023 Expenses Costs
Tuition $75,572
Student Activity Fee $290
University Services & Support Fee $1,108
Health & Related Services Fee $1,308
Student Health Insurance
(may be waived with proof of comparable coverage for U.S. students)
Total University Charges $82,467

2022-2023 Living Expenses for the 9-Month Academic Year

2022-2023 Living Expenses (For the 9-month academic year) Costs for Academic Year
(Rent/Utilities = $1,624/month)
Food $6,958
Personal $4,800
Total Living Expenses $26,378
Document Fee
(one-time charge for new Columbia University students)
Books & Supplies
[Only books/texts required as part of the academic course(s) will be allowed in the COA]
Academic Year Budget $110,450*

*This is the Standard Cost of Attendance (COA), which is used to determine eligibility for LRAP.

Note: For students borrowing federal student loans for the 2022-2023 academic year, 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. 

Living expenses provide for a moderate standard of living for the New York area during the academic year. Additionally, most grant and loan funds are divided equally and disbursed at the beginning of each semester and must cover educational expenses for several months. As such, it is very important to budget carefully so that your funds will last until the next disbursement. Visit J.D. and L.L.M. Tuition and Fees for more information.