2019–20 Tuition & Fees

Third- and Fourth-Year Film MFA Students (Research Arts)



Fall 2019

Spring 2020 2019–20 Total
Tuition $2,600 $2,600 $5,200

Film MFA Thesis Fee

$2,458 $2,458 $4,916
Career Services Fee $80 $80 $160
Student Activity Fee $30 $30 $60
University Facilities Fee $513 $513 $1,026
Health Services Fee $584 $584 $1,168
Medical Insurance* $1,304 $2,129 $3,433
Total $7,569 $8,394 $15,963
* 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)

International Student Fee


Per semester for all international students

Course or Lab Fees


Typically between $30 to $125 per course

Late Registration Fee


If after the late registration period

Late Payment Fee


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


Each point 


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

Living Expenses (Room & Board) $21,816
Transportation $1,143
Personal Expenses $5,148
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.