2018–2019 Tuition and Fees

First- and Second-Year MFA Students, All Programs



Fall 2018

Spring 2019

2018–19 Total

Tuition  $30,392 $30,392 $60,784
Career Services Fee  $80 $80 $160
Student Activity Fee  $20 $20 $40
University Facilities Fee  $496 $496 $992
Health Services Fee $561 $561 $1,122

Medical Insurance (Gold 90 Plan)*

$1,222 $1,988 $3,210
Total  $32,771 $33,537 $66,308
* 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)

Gold 100 Plan Medical Insurance (Fall) $1,627
$4,270 Total for the academic year. If you opt for the Gold 100 Level Medical Insurance, it will replace the Gold 90 Level Medical Insurance premium listed above.
Gold 100 Plan Medical Insurance (Spring) $2,643
Writing MFA Thesis Reading Fee $100 Per semester for all first and second-year Writing MFA students
International Student Fee $90 Per semester for all international students
Document Fee $105 One-time charge for first year students
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 $2,028 Each point over 18 points


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

Living Expenses (Room & Board) $21,231
Transportation $1,089
Personal Expenses $4,905
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.