Visiting Students: Tuition & Fees

Visiting Students

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees may be subject to change annually and are approved by the Board of Trustees each spring.

2021 Tuition

Individual Courses

Tuition Per Point (Credit)


Tuition Calculation Examples

Individual Courses Student enrolled in 6 points (typically equivalent to 2 courses) 6 points
x $2,208.00 per point
= $13.248.00


Special Course-Specific Rates 

Please note that these courses will not be offered in Summer 2021. The rates listed below reflect rates for Summer 2020.

Arabic Language Courses $5,688.00 per course
Hindi-Urdu Language Courses $3,792.00 per course
Russian Language Courses $5,120.00 per course

* The non-credit version of this course is not available to international students. International students and domestic students seeking credit should register for S3040.


Payment Dates & Procedures


Columbia University bills students for tuition and fees according to the schedule below. When a statement is generated, an email notification is sent directly to your Columbia email account. You can also access a copy of the bill through Student Services Online (SSOL)The University does not mail paper bills.

After the first statement is generated in June, bills will be generated periodically if you make schedule changes or if you carry an account balance.

Payment Instructions

For payment instructions and to authorize a parent to pay your bill, see Student Financial Services.

Important Billing and Payment Dates

Please visit Student Financial Services' Billing Schedule for the most up-to-date dates.

Bill sent to your Columbia email on Payment due by
May 10, 2021 June 3, 2021
June 7, 2021 July 1, 2021
July 6, 2021 Aug. 12, 2021


If you have questions regarding billing, payments or refunds please contact:

Student Service Center
210 Kent Hall
1140 Amsterdam Avenue, Mail Code 9202
New York, NY 10027

If you have questions regarding registration cancellation or collections from prior summer terms, please contact the Summer Sessions Office at

If you have questions regarding financial aid, please contact: 

Student Financial Planning for Professional Studies
210 Kent Hall
1140 Amsterdam Avenue, Mail Code 9202 New York, NY 10027

2021 Fees

This listing is intended to summarize possible charges that could be incurred against a student's account. Certain charges depend upon specific circumstances, as noted. Fees that are not billed to the student account, such as course fees or placement test fees, may be required but are not listed here.

Required Fees

Application Fee* $80.00
Student Activities Fee $325.00 per term
Technology Fee $35.00 per term
University Services and Support Fee**
Full-time Students
Part-time Students

$259.00 per term
$130.00 per term
Document Fee
For all new students
International Services Charge***
Required of all international students
$120.00 per term
Health Service Fee**** $420.00 per term

Additional Fees

Withdrawal Fee
View details on Withdrawal and Tuition Refund
Late Registration Fee $50.00 during late registration period
$100.00 after late registration period

* The application fee for the Certifications in UN Studies, Critical Issues for International Relations, and Human Rights is $80.

** University Services and Support Fee — All students registered on the Morningside Campus shall be charged a University Services and Support Fee, calculated based on the student’s registration.  Full-time students are those registered for 12 or more points in the term. This fee is not assessed to American Language Program students or School of Professional Studies Summer Program for High School students.  This fee combines the Recreational Facilities Fee and Lerner Fee (for both of these, applies to Spring Term only for Academic Year 20-21), Information Technology Fee (all students charged, including part-time), and the Cross-Cutting Multi-School Activities Fee. This fee is subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.

*** International Services Fee — This fee is mandatory for all international students. 

**** Health Service Fee — Required of all full-time students; optional for part-time students. Includes clinical services provided on campus as well as integrated off-campus services. See for details. NOTE: Health Service Fee — Required for the following students: 1. International Students (non-U.S. Citizen or Non-U.S. Permanent Residents) that are attending courses for 8 weeks or longer; 2. Students that are registered for 12 points or more. Optional for all other students.

Students who pay the Health Service Fee in Spring are not required to pay the Health Service Fee in Summer. The Summer Trimester Fee applies to new Summer Trimester students only.

Student Medical Insurance

Students in the following categories are required to enroll in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan unless they obtain a waiver:

  1. International Students (non-U.S. Citizen or Non-Permanent Residents) that are attending courses for 8 weeks or longer;
  2. Students that are registered for 12 credits or more.

Optional for all other students. Visit Columbia Health for details and rates.