Tuition, Fees, and Living Expenses Budget
Tuition and mandatory fees are waived for J.S.D. candidates in residence. J.S.D. candidates are required to remain in residence for one year, and may request to remain in residence an additional year (immediately following the first year of residence).
In many cases, based on financial need, we are also able to offer J.S.D. candidates a small grant to help defray living costs during the first year in residence. Candidates who wish to be considered for a living expenses grant must complete this financial aid section in its entirety so that the Admissions Committee can best determine the financial aid package to award you should you be granted admission.
Because our financial aid funds are limited and our grants, when offered, will not cover the full extent of living costs in New York City, applicants who will require financial assistance to attend Columbia Law School should also seek assistance from other sources.
Please see the below information regarding tuition and fees:
Tuition and Fees for 2018-2019
Student Activity Fee
University Facilities Fee
Health Services Fee
Total Tuition and Mandatory Fees
Student Health Insurance (The 90 Plan)
Document Fee (one-time fee for new Columbia University students
Total University Charges
*Waived for J.S.D. candidates in residence
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.
Health Insurance -- The 100 Plan: $4,270 for the 12-month calendar year, including summer 2019 (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 $1,520/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 borrowing during the 2017-18 academic year, the average educational loan fees amount to $2,387 ($217 for Stafford loans and $2,170 for Graduate PLUS loans).
Updated November 26, 2018