2017–2018 Tuition and Fees

First- and Second-Year MFA Students, All Programs



Fall 2017

Spring 2018

2017–18 Total

Tuition  $29,364 $29,364 $58,728
Career Services Fee  $80 $80 $160
Student Activity Fee  $20 $20 $40
University Facilities Fee  $480 $480 $960
Health Services Fee $541 $541 $1,082
Medical Insurance (Gold Level)*  $1,139 $1,852 $2,991
Total  $31,624 $32,337 $63,961
* Domestic students may request a waiver from the Columbia Student Health Insurance plan by submitting a waiver application at the beginning of the academic year with proof of comparable coverage. The Health Services Fee cannot be waived. International students must be insured through Columbia's plan except in rare circumstances when they are covered by a U.S.-based, employer-sponsored, group health plan (as a primary, spouse or dependent). Such requests are reviewed on a case by case basis. Please click here for more information.



Additional Fees During the Academic Year (if applicable)

Platinum Level Medical Insurance (Fall) $1,737
$4,164 Total for the academic year. If you opt for Platinum Level Medical Insurance, it will replace the Gold Level Medical Insurance premium listed above.
Platinum Level Medical Insurance (Spring) $2,823
Writing MFA Thesis Reading Fee $100 Per semester for all first and second-year Writing MFA students
International Student Fee $70 Per semester for all international students
Document Fee $105 One-time charge
Course or Lab Fees varies Typically between $30 to $125 per course
Late Registration Fee $100 If after the late registration period
Late Payment Fee $150 This fee is assessed if you make your payment after the due date of the first term bill.
An additional charge of 1.5% of the balance due will be assessed per month on any past due amount thereafter.
Per-point tuition $1,960 Each point over 18 points


Other estimated typical costs (per 9-month academic year)

Living Expenses (Room & Board) $20,682
Transportation $1,089
Personal Expenses $4,671
Books & Supplies $2,874
Loan origination fees (for U.S. Citizens and
Permanent Residents with federal loans)


Note: The figures represented here vary each academic year and are subject to approval by the Trustees of Columbia University. Other fees may apply. Historically, tuition and fees have risen each year.