Tuition & Fees - Commuter

Detailed breakdown of costs


Program Cost

$5,818.00 per session

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Program Fee$5,658.00 per session

Activities Fee$65.00 per session

Covers gym and student center access, computer lab use, midday extracurricular activities, and Columbia ID card.

Health Service Fee$95.00 per session

Grants access to Urgent Care at the University's Health Service facility during hours of operation. Fees for medicine and tests, if needed, are not included. The health service fee is not health insurance; all students are expected to have insurance coverage.

Application fee, course fees, and course materials are not included in the program cost (see below).

Application Fee

Students who apply after the priority application deadline are required to pay a nonrefundable $80.00 application fee.

Course Fees

These fees are in addition to the costs listed above and cover expenses such as course-related equipment, facilities, and field trips

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Biomedical Engineering: Physical Effects on Cells$125.00

Conservation Biology and Sustainability: Preserving our Planet$150.00

Creating Original Theater: Playwriting, Directing, and Acting$150.00

Digital Filmmaking: From Initial Concept to Final Edit$175.00

Drawing: Eye and Idea$125.00

Explorations in Genetics and Molecular Biology$150.00

Inside the Animal Mind: What Animals Think and Feel$100.00

Intensive Seminars in Modern Chemistry$175.00

Introduction to Digital Filmmaking$175.00

Introduction to Materials Science and Nanotechnology$175.00

Introduction to Robotics$175.00

New York Experienced: An Urban Case Study$100.00

Painting: The Painted Image$125.00

Photography: The Camera Craft$165.00

Course Materials

For most curricular options, students should budget approximately $50 for expenses such as text books and field trip-related costs. Some courses also require laptops or equipment 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 $2,500.00 nonrefundable deposit, credited toward tuition, 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.

Financial Aid

For Summer 2020, a limited number of need-based scholarships are available to residents of New York City. Awards of $2,909 will be offered to students participating as commuters in the Summer Immersion New York City 3-Week program. Scholarships are not available to students joining our residential program or our New York City 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 employee dependent discount 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.