Undergraduate Degree*

Display Title: 
Undergraduate Degree*
Program Points : 
17 or more
Tuition Per Point: 

*Please click "Read more" for further details on tuition changes. 


Here are the centrally administered charges that may appear in the student's monthly billing statement. We encourage students to consult with their school's financial aid office to understand what other costs may make up their total cost of attendance, such as books and supplies; room and board; personal expenses, etc.



Certain fees are under review and may be adjusted for changes in services or student modality (online/remote versus in-person).




*Columbia University will absorb the previously communicated 2% tuition increase, bringing the 2020-2021 undergraduate tuition rate flat to last year's value.

Flat rate per term for students registered for 17 or more points:


Per point for students registered for fewer than 17 points:


Student Life Fee

All undergraduate students registered in the School of General Studies shall be charged a Student Life Fee. This fee combines the Student Activity Fee, Career Education Fee, House System Fee, Information Technology Fee (all students charged, including part-time), and the Cross-Cutting Multi-School Activities Fee. Except for postgraduate special students, students registered at Reid Hall, or in another course of study away from the University, the Student Life Fee shall be charged, per term, as follows:

- Students registered in General Studies (Fall): $355*

- Students registered in General Studies (Spring): $305

*(Originally $474, the fee has been reduced to reflect unique campus operations for Fall 2020. This is a lower amount than planned to reflect the reduced availability or usage of certain services and support, including athletics facilities, Lerner, and printing.)



(If applicable) Orientation Fee

All undergraduate students shall be charged a one-time, non-refundable Orientation Fee in the first term of registration, as follows:

$260 for degree students (Originally $400, the fee has been reduced to reflect unique campus operations for Fall 2020.)

$260 one time

(If applicable) Study Abroad Fee

Degree students enrolled in the School of General Studies who received approval to study abroad in programs not sponsored by the University shall be charged a Study Abroad Fee of $750.00 and shall be exempt from paying campus-related fees for each term that they are approved to be away. This fee shall be collected by the school.  

$750 per term

(If applicable) Health and Related Services Fee

All full-time and residential students on the Morningside Campus, including students in study abroad programs, shall be charged the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee so that they may be eligible for Columbia-supported health care, counseling, special health programs, and information. Waivers from enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan may be granted in limited circumstances.

Full-time status is defined as 12 or more points, or students certified as full-time by their departments regardless of the number of points (according to the standard applied to all enrolled in a program).

For part-time, domestic students, enrollment in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan is optional.

Visit the Columbia Health website to read more about the due dates, process, waiver criteria, and documentation.

$610 per term
(If applicable) Health Insurance
Fall Term:  $1,400
Spring/Summer Term:  $2,276
Academic Year:  $3,676
Visit Columbia Health for information about health insurance premium rates.

(If applicable) Dining

Visit Columbia Dining to find campus dining plan options for first-year Columbia College and Engineering students, as well as upper class, General Studies, and graduate school students. 


(If applicable) Housing

Visit University Apartment Housing for information about GS and graduate student housing availability and rates.



(If applicable) Document Fee

All students registered in the University shall be charged a one-time $105.00 Document Fee that entitles students to e-transcripts, enrollment and degree certifications, and the mailing of the original diploma.

$105 one time

(If applicable) Foreign Check Fee

All students shall be charged a foreign check fee of $50.00 to cover additional processing costs on all payments made to the University in the form of a check, draft or money order in foreign currency or drawn on a foreign bank.


(If applicable) Returned Check Fee

All students shall be charged a $20.00 returned check fee for any check that is not honored by the bank.


(If applicable) Late Payment Charge

All students shall be subject to a one-time late payment charge of $150.00 if the total amount due for the term is not paid on or before the due date, or if increased charges resulting from subsequent changes to a student’s program are not paid at the time of the change.

In addition, a charge of 1.5 percent per billing cycle will be imposed on any amount past due.


(If applicable) Late Registration Fees

$50 during late registration

$100 after late registration

(If applicable) Collection Fee

Students with a past due student account balance may be charged a collection fee if the account is referred to in-house staff to collect any amount past due, or an additional amount, equal to the cost of collection, if an external collection agency or attorney is used.


(If applicable) International Services Charge

All foreign national students enrolled at Columbia University, except those students in the American Language Program or students registered through the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement, will be charged an International Services Charge of $110 each term. This fee supports the University’s services to international students.

$110 per term

(If applicable) Withdrawal Fee




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