Tuition, Fees and Estimated Expenses

2015 - 2016 Tuition and Fees
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Fall 2015 bills will be available on August 10, 2015.
Payment is due on September 11, 2015.

Spring 2016 bills will be available on December 14, 2015.
Payment is due on January 29, 2016.
 
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   Tuition - Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
 
 
per semester
annual (fall + spring)
Tuition for first- and second-year students:
$27,678
$55,356
Tuition for students in their third year and beyond
who are not enrolled in courses ("Research Arts"):
$2,288
$4,576
Per point tuition (each point over 18 points):
 
$1,848
$1,848
 
 
   Tuition - Master of Arts (MA)
 
 
per semester
annual (fall + spring)
Tuition for first-year students:
$24,650
$49,300
MA Extended Residence
(Note: Spring registration is by approval only):
$9,376
$18,752
Part-time, per point tuition:
 
$1,612
$1,612
 
  
   Tuition Rates - Other
 
 
per semester
annual (fall + spring)
Non-degree special students
Per point tuiton (by approval only):
$2,090
$2,090
 
 
   Program-specific Fees
 
 
per semester
annual (fall + spring)
 
Film MFA Thesis Fee:
$2,458
$4,916
Third, fourth and fifth-year Film MFA students.
Theatre Thesis Production Fee:
 
$2,588
$2,588
A one-time fee for Acting, Directing and Playwriting concentrates charged in the fall semester of the first year of Research Arts.  
Writing Thesis Reading Fee:
$100
$200
First and second-year Writing students
Writing Thesis Advisement Fee (optional):
$1,500
$3,000
Optional
 
 
   Some Common University and SOA Fees
 

per semester
annual (fall + spring)
Document Fee (one time only):
$105
$105
University Facilities Fee:
$448
$896
Student Activity Fee:
$20
$40
Career Services Fee:
$80
$160
International Student Fee:
$50
$100
Course Fees:
vary by course  
Health Services Fee:
$475
$950
Health Insurance - Gold Level
Fall Semester (Aug 15 - Dec 31, 2015):
$1,057
N/A
Spring Semester (Jan 1 - Aug 14, 2016): $1,726 N/A
Annual:  
$2,783
Health Insurance - Platinum Level
Fall Semester (Aug 15 - Dec 31, 2015): $1,539 N/A
Spring Semester (Jan 1 - Aug 14, 2016): $2,510 N/A
Annual:   $4,049

 

 
   Other estimated typical costs (per 9-month academic year)
 
Living expenses (Room & Board):
$18,765
Books and supplies:
$2,670
Transportation:
$1,584
Personal Expenses:
$4,230
Loan origination fees:
$218

Note: The figures represented here are estimates and are subject to approval by the Trustees of Columbia University. Other fees may apply. For a more complete schedule of tuition and fees, please visit the Columbia University Office of Student Financial Services’ website at sfs.columbia.edu/tuition-rates-and-fees. Historically, tuition and fees have risen each year.
 

 
Fee Payment Policies and Deadlines
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For the most current guide to fees and payments, including late payment and registration fees, visit www.columbia.edu/cu/sfs.
 
 
Billing
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All students are billed electronically via their Columbia UNI account, and each bill is called a Student Account Statement. Students are sent a link to the first Student Account Statement for the fall term in early August and the first Student Account Statement for the spring semester in early December. This can also be found at ssol.columbia.edu. The payment due date will be in early September for the fall semester and late January for the spring semester. The first Student Account Statement of each term will reflect anticipated charges and anticipated credits based on the student’s registration. These charges and credits will change from anticipated to actual on subsequent bills. New charges may appear if a student makes schedule changes or registers for a class with a course fee. Similarly, new credits will appear when payments are received and financial aid is disbursed.
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