Student Financial Planning for the Arts

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Resources  |  Cost of Attendance by Program  |  Student Loans  |  Alternative Loans  |  Scholarships & Grants

 

The Office of Student Financial Planning is pleased to provide the following financial aid information to students in the School of the Arts (SOA). Our office in 202 Kent Hall is the central contact for counseling SOA students on financial aid. 


Resources

Important: Students in SOA must meet graduate student eligibility requirements for financial aid.

 

HOW-TO VIDEOS

Choose one of the segments below to learn more about key steps in the financial aid process.

 

 

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Cost of Attendance by Program

The cost of attendance, also known as the "budget" or "COA," represents the student's maximum financial aid eligibility. The budget is determined by the school and consists of tuition and fees plus estimated living expenses.

In determining the budget, the school applies a conservative estimate of living expenses to all students. We recognize, however, that actual living expenses vary from person to person. If the student faces higher actual costs or has extenuating circumstances that warrant a higher cost of attendance, the student may request a budget increase.

 

2016-17 MFA First & Second Year Full Residency Students - 12-18 credits per semester*

(Based on a nine-month academic year)    

ItemCost
Tuition$57,296
Fees**$5,004 - $5,309
Living$19,701

Books

$2,804
Commute$1,049
Personal$4,446
Loan Origination$218
TOTAL$90,518 - $90,823

*Additional tuition charges may apply for students who register for more than 18 credits per semester.

**Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Cost also includes $100 per semester thesis reading Fee for 1st and 2nd Year MFA Writing students and a one-time $105 document fee charged to all students in their first semester of attendance. Additional fees may apply.  


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2016-17 MA First Year Residency Students - 12-18 credits per semester*

(Based on a nine-month academic year)    

ItemCost
Tuition$51,764
Fees**$5,004 - $5,109
Living$19,701
Books$2,804
Commute$1,049
Personal$4,446
Loan Origination$218
TOTAL$84,986 - $85,091

*Additional tuition charges may apply for students who register for more than 18 credits per semester.

**Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Cost also includes a one-time $105 document fee charged to all students in their first semester of attendance. Additional fees may apply.  

 

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2016-17 Third, Fourth & Fifth Year Theatre MFA Students (Research Arts) - Acting, Directing & Playwriting

(Based on a nine-month academic year)

ItemCost
Tuition$4,736
Fees*

$5,004

Thesis Fee**$2,678
Living$19,701
Books$2,804
Commute$1,049
Personal$4,446
Loan Origination$218
TOTAL$40,636

*Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Additional fees may apply.

**One-time thesis fee charged during the first semester of research arts program. 

 

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2016-17 Third, Fourth & Fifth Year Theatre MFA Students (Research Arts) - Dramaturgy, Stage Management, Theatre Management & Producing

(Based on a nine-month academic year)    

ItemCost
Tuition$4,736
Fees*

$5,004

Living$19,701
Books$2,804
Commute$1,049
Personal$4,446
Loan Origination$218
TOTAL$37,958

*Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Additional fees may apply.

**One-time thesis fee charged during the first semester of research arts program. 

 

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2016-17 Third, Fourth & Fifth Year Film MFA Students (Research Arts) 

(Based on a nine-month academic year)    

ItemCost
Tuition$4,736
Fees*

$5,004

Thesis Fee$4,916
Living$19,701
Books$2,804
Commute$1,049
Personal$4,446
Loan Origination$218
TOTAL$42,874

*Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Additional fees may apply.

 

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2016-17 Third, Fourth & Fifth Year Writing MFA Students (Research Arts) 

(Based on a nine-month academic year)    

ItemCost
Tuition$4,736
Fees*

$5,004

Thesis Fee**$3,000
Living$19,701
Books$2,804
Commute$1,049
Personal$4,446
Loan Origination$218
TOTAL$40,958

*Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Additional fees may apply.

**Optional Writing MFA Thesis Advisment Fee

 

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2016-17 MA Extended Residency Students

(Based on a nine-month academic year)    

ItemCost
Tuition$9,844
Fees*

$2,161

Living$8,756
Books$1,402
Commute$466
Personal$1,976
Loan Origination$109
TOTAL$24,714

*Includes health insurance costs, health service fee, career services fee, university facility fee and student activity fee. Additional fees may apply. 

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Types of Aid

 

Student Loans

 

PERKINS FEDERAL LOANS

For general information, visit our Federal Perkins Loans page.

 

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FEDERAL DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS

For general information, visit our Federal Direct Subsidized Loans page.

Aside from the FAFSA, the Office of Student Financial Planning requires the following documents:

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FEDERAL DIRECT GRADUATE PLUS LOANS

For general information, visit our Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loans page.

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Alternative Loan Programs (Additional educational loans)

 

PRIVATE LOANS

For general information, visit our Private Loans page.

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Scholarships and Grants


COLUMBIA INSTITUTIONAL AID

For information about scholarships and grants, prospective and current students of School of the Arts should visit the school's website.

 

OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS and GRANTS

Visit our Outside Awards page.

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