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Each school within the University calculates the cost of attendance to represent a student's maximum financial aid eligibility.
Cost of attendance (also known as "COA" for short, or "budget") = tuition + fees + living expenses
Below are more specifics and links to information for identifying your cost of attendance.
For each school, the Tuition Rates and Fees pages lay out the tuition, fees, and other charges. Nearly all students will also need to pay other charges associated with their coursework and life at Columbia, such as meal plans, health insurance, technology fees, etc. These fees and other charges will be billed to your Student Account Statement, so consider them in your calculations.
Book and supply costs vary greatly by program and between full-time and part-time enrollment. Please contact your school's financial aid office for more detailed information.
Rent in New York can be expensive. Contact your school's financial aid office for an estimate.
For costs related to University housing, visit these sites:
- Housing - Columbia College and Engineering
Visit the interactive bill estimator offered by the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing to help CC/SEAS students understand billed expenses, including the housing and meal plan.
- Housing - Graduate & General Studies
Personal expenses related to your education can include costs related to commuting, clothing, food, and utilities.
Many Columbia schools provide resources here for finding tuition, fees, and other costs of attendance. Check the alphabetized list below to see if your school or program is included.
International and Public Affairs, School of
Professional Studies, School of
Master of Science Degree Programs
Certification of Professional Achievement
Certification of Professional Achievement - MS Program Related
Certification of Professional Achievement - Summer Only
Summer Session Special