Tuition & Fees - Residential

Detailed breakdown of costs


Program Cost

$11,128.00 per session

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Program Fee$10,968.00 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).

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

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

Experiencing Theatre in New York$550.00

Explorations in Genetics and Molecular Biology$150.00

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

Conservation Biology and Sustainability: Preserving our Planet$150.00

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

Individual applications for financial aid are not accepted. To learn about outside opportunities for financial assistance, we advise students to 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.