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Columbia Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at Columbia University was $58,920 a year.

Tuition increased 0 percent in 2021, from $58,920 the prior year. On average, college tuition rises about 3 percent a year.

If these numbers seem daunting, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you enough information to determine the actual cost. Many students pay far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts kick in. Plus, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college more manageable.

Does Columbia Offer In-State and Out-of-State Tuition?

Columbia University is a private, nonprofit institution, so it has the same tuition for residents of New York as it does for residents from other states.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.

Attending a school where you qualify for in-state tuition can save significant money on the overall cost of college. Every state has their own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. The most common requirement is that students must have lived in the state for a full year before starting school.

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Columbia International Student Tuition

Tuition at Columbia is the same for all students.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may be eligible for school-specific aid and scholarships. International students with need may be eligible for the following types of financial support:

On-campus jobs

Loans from outsideColumbia

Columbia-specific loans

Columbia-specific scholarships

Columbia Living Expenses and Other Costs

In addition to tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies.

Room and Board at Columbia

Room and board at Columbia is $15,130 a year. This includes the cost of living in dorms or other campus housing, plus a meal plan that allows you to eat in the school dining facilities.

Board costs may vary depending on how many meals are included in the meal plan you choose.

Cost of Books at Columbia

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. At Columbia, you can expect to pay about $1,318 a year for books and supplies. This does not count the initial cost of a computer or other technology. The actual cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required.

Yearly Fees

Most schools also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs. Full-time undergrads at Columbia pay $2,751 in fees each academic year.

There may also be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team, may mean additional fees.

Transportation costs

The total cost of transportation in college can really vary. It depends on if you drive or fly to get to school, own a car, or if you prefer to walk or take public transportation to get around campus.

A school's location can impact transportation costs. The Columbia University campus is in a urban setting in New York, not far from New York City.

Other College Costs

When creating a budget for college, don’t forget to leave some room in your budget for personal expenses, like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.

Let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, which can add up for both on-campus and off-campus students.

How much does Columbia cost?

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
Tuition $58,920
Room and Board $15,130
Books and Supplies $1,318
Yearly Fees $2,751
Other expenses $2,220
Total Estimated Costs
On-Campus $80,339
Off-Campus $62,989

The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Columbia University Financial Aid

The majority of Columbia undergrads use financial aid to finance their education. In 2021, 3,088 of the 6,170 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Columbia meets 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $60,608 a year.

Most Common Loans for Columbia Students
Federal Loans 16%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Columbia financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Columbia

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2021, Columbia awarded 3,067 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $176,165,640 to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $1,062,129 in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Columbia University Net Cost

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Columbia students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Columbia was $60,608 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Columbia seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
On-Campus $19,731
Off-Campus $2,381

What will attending Columbia really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Columbia's net cost calculator on their website.

Columbia Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Columbia does not have guaranteed tuition.

Columbia offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.

Does Columbia offer tuition waivers?

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups to cover some or all of the cost of tuition. Some schools offer them for employees and their family, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student

Columbia has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

Columbia Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$78,119

In State

$78,119

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$58,920
$58,920
Fees
$2,751
$2,751
Housing
$15,130
$15,130
Books
$1,318
$1,318

Columbia Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

50%

Average Financial Aid Package

$60,331

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

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Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

6%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$61,671

Out-of-State

$61,671

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Application Deadline

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