Program Cost & Activities Fee
Program Cost$3,800.00 per session
Activities Fee$65.00 per session
Application fee and course materials are not included in the program cost (see below).
Students are required to pay a nonrefundable $80.00 application fee.
For most curricular options, students should budget approximately $50 for expenses such as text books and course materials. Some courses also require equipment or software that should be purchased before the start of class; these requirements are listed toward the bottom of the pertinent course pages.
Deposit & Balance Due
To secure a place in the program, a $1,000.00 deposit, credited toward the cost of the program, is due upon notification of acceptance to the program. A bill for the balance due will be issued to the student's Columbia University email address in early June (Session I) or late June/early July (Session II). Before receiving a bill, the student will be sent instructions regarding the option to allow a parent or family member to make a payment through the university's Authorized Payer portal.
If you are admitted to the program, we ask that you submit your enrollment deposit to reserve your seat. Students that pay the deposit will be issued a full refund if their course is canceled because of COVID-19 concerns or if they decide to cancel due to health concerns related to COVID-19. All other cancellations will be reviewed and subject to existing refund policies.
We understand the heightened concerns families have surrounding COVID-19. The University is keeping our faculty, staff, and administration informed of any new policies that arise for admissions, enrollment, and attendance.
Financial aid funding is no longer available for summer 2020. All funds have been exhausted.
For Summer 2020, a limited number of need-based scholarships are available to residents of New York City. Awards of $1,933 will be offered to students in the Online Immersion 3-Week program. Scholarships are not available to students joining the Online 1-Week program.
Upon meeting the minimum program and residence qualifications, applicants will have the ability to submit a formal financial aid application via the online application portal. Students who do not meet the minimum qualifications will not have access to the financial aid application. For additional information, including required financial documentation, visit the financial aid section on our FAQ page.
Please note, scholarship funding is limited. Applications for financial aid will be reviewed on a first-completed, first-admitted basis. Upon admission to the program, applicants will receive a decision regarding their financial aid application. Applicants that receive this need-based award may not combine it with additional financial aid granted through the School of Professional Studies (SPS) or a partner organization. Dependents of a Columbia University employee who are eligible for the Columbia University 50% program cost reduction do not qualify for this need-based scholarship.
For those who do not meet the minimum qualifications, we advise students to speak with their school’s guidance counselor for information on how to search for financial aid and scholarship opportunities from outsides sources and organizations.
Prices are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.