Program Fee$11,406.00 per session
Includes course tuition, supervision, extracurricular programming, housing, and three meals per day, Monday through Friday. Students are expected to cover expenses such as weekend meals, personal items, and transportation and admissions fees for optional activities around the city. We recommend that participants have access to a minimum of $900.
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).
Students who apply after the priority application deadline are required to pay a nonrefundable $80.00 application fee.
These fees are in addition to the costs listed above and cover expenses such as course-related equipment, facilities, and field trips
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
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.
For summer 2020, a limited number of need-based scholarships are available to residents of New York City who participate as commuters in the Summer Immersion (3-Week) Program.
Individual applications for financial aid are not accepted for students participating in a residential program. Students should speak with their school's guidance counselor for information on how to search for financial aid and scholarship opportunities from outside sources and organizations.
Prices are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.