2018–2019 Tuition and Fees

Third-, Fourth- and Fifth-Year Writing MFA Students (Research Arts)


  Fall 2018 Spring 2019 2018–19 Total
Tuition $2,512 $2,512 $5,024
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 $4,891 $5,657 $10,548
* 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)


$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)


Writing MFA Thesis Advisement Fee (Optional) $1,500 Per semester

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 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.