Response to COVID-19

Outlined below are measures that Columbia University Student Financial Services is taking to address student and family needs in response to COVID-19.

 

Housing and Dining Credits for Columbia College and Columbia Undergraduate Engineering Students

Columbia University will credit or refund a portion of Spring 2020 housing and dining fees to reflect an adjustment for the time period following a student’s completed move out of campus housing. Credits/refunds for students whose residential charges were paid by institutional aid will receive prorated credits or refunds reflecting the portion of charges paid by the student.

Every student will receive no less than a $1,200 refund, regardless of aided status, to assist our students with off-campus living expenses. Specific details will be communicated to each student by email by Tuesday, April 14.

In recognition that some on-campus services and facilities are no longer available for the spring term, the University will additionally credit or refund $144, representing a portion of the Student Life fee.

We expect to process any credits to students’ accounts beginning Monday, April 13, and issue any refunds shortly thereafter. Once these adjustments are processed, students will receive a confirmation by email with additional details.

Tuition and Fees for All Columbia Students - Spring

In recognition that some on-campus services and facilities are no longer available for the spring term, the University will rebate a portion of the Morningside Facilities fee and Student Life fee that relates to printing services (for undergraduates only), Athletics and Lerner Hall (for all Morningside students). Undergraduate students will receive a credit for $144, and other Columbia students will receive a credit for $119.

Please note that CUIMC students are not assessed these fees, Executive MBA and Executive MPA students are not assessed the components being rebated, and fully funded PhD students have these fees paid by schools. A credit won’t be processed in these cases.

Schools are also processing rebates or refunds of certain fees. These will be communicated directly to students by their schools.

We expect to process any credits to students’ accounts beginning Monday, April 13, and issue any refunds shortly thereafter. Once these adjustments are processed, students will receive a confirmation by email with additional details.

The University moved swiftly to ensure instruction continues throughout the spring semester and students can earn full credit for the semester's work. Tuition and fees will continue to pay for the delivery of instruction, as well as the associated costs of academic support services. As long as instruction continues, tuition will not be refunded.

Tuition and Fees for All Columbia Students - Summer

Due to summer being an online term as a result of COVID-19, the Morningside Facilities fee (Student Life fee for undergraduates) will be reduced in recognition that certain services are not available. In the summer term, the component which covers Athletic facilities will not be included.

As a result, any students assessed the Facilities fee will pay only the IT component. Morningside students registered for 12 or more points will pay $249, rather than $496. Morningside students registered for fewer than 12 points, rather than pay $247, will not be assessed a fee.

Late Fees for All Columbia Students

To further help minimize the financial hardship that Columbia students and families may experience during the COVID-19 outbreak, the University did not assess late fees on unpaid student account balances in the March and April billing cycles. The University will also not assess late fees in the May billing cycle.

Student Financial Hardship

We recognize these are extremely challenging and unique times. If you are a student experiencing financial hardship or are unable to register for an upcoming term as a result of account balances, please contact your school's financial aid office for assistance.