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Columbia Tuition & Cost

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How much does it cost to attend?

Sticker Price
$79,752
Costs for Columbia University in the City of New York
Fee Cost
Tuition$58,920
Books and Supplies$1,294
Other Fees$2,868
Room and Board $14,490
Other Expenses Budget$2,180

Annual Prices

The annual list price to attend Columbia University in the City of New York on a full time basis for 2018/2019 is $79,752 for all students regardless of their residency. This fee is comprised of $58,920 for tuition, $14,490 room and board, $1,294 for books and supplies and $2,868 for other fees. Out of state tuition for Columbia University in the City of New York is $58,920, the same as New York residents.

All price data is sourced from the 2019/2020 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend Columbia University in the City of New York when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2018/2019
$21,828
Net Price by Income Columbia University in the City of New York
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$8,916
$30,001 to $48,000$4,287
$48,001 to $75,000$5,887
$75,001 to $110,000$18,637
$110,000+$42,199

The average reported annual net price for Columbia University in the City of New York for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $21,828 in 2018/2019. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

53% of full-time undergrad Columbia University in the City of New York received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $55,071 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 8% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,933 and 2% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $25,508.

Finanical Aid Columbia University in the City of New York
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $55,071 53%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $52,969 52%
Pell Grants $4,970 18%
Other Federal Grants $3,933 10%
State and Local Grants $3,856 6%
Federal Student Loans $4,933 8%
Other Student Loans $25,508 2%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Columbia University in the City of New York, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $76,292. The loan balance of $76,292 is a four year multiple of the $19,073 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $728 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 2.75%.

Example Loan $76,292
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $727.91
Total Interest Paid $11,057.18
Sum of All Loan Payments $87,349.18

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
$319,008
Year All Residents
1 $79,752
2 $83,121
3 $86,632
4 $90,291

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Columbia University in the City of New York to be $319,008 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 4.2% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Columbia University in the City of New York
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
All Residents $1,896 $5,688 $7,584

Estimated cost for a class at Columbia University in the City of New York based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Columbia University in the City of New York versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Columbia University in the City of New York Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan Yes
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190150 IPEDS survey data for Columbia University in the City of New York.