Tuition & Fees - Residential

Detailed breakdown of costs

Advisory Regarding Coronavirus COVID-19

In order to deliver the best and safest program for our students, Columbia University has moved all high school programs to online learning for Summer 2020. Please visit the Online Immersion website for more information.


Program Cost

$11,566.00 per session

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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).

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.

Notice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Deposit Refunds

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, travel to Columbia University is disrupted due to the virus, 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. At this time, we plan to hold our summer immersion programs as scheduled and are excited to welcome students on campus.

Financial Aid

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.