Payment & Refund Policies

Enrolled Students | Summer 2020

Enrollment Deposit

In order to reserve your spot in the program, you should already have submitted a $2,500 nonrefundable deposit along with your Enrollment Confirmation Form. Dual Session students are required to submit a nonrefundable deposit of $5,000. 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.

Tuition Payment

A bill for the outstanding balance will be issued to the student’s Columbia University email account closer to the start of the program and will indicate the deadline by which to remit payment. Full payment is normally due approximately two weeks after the bill is issued. Payments sent to the University before the bill has been issued cannot be accepted. 

Program costs for the residential program can be found here; costs for the commuter program are available here.

The tuition bill can be paid by check, wire transfer, online check (echeck), or credit card. For information about making payments by checkwire transfer, or online check (echeck), please visit the Student Financial Services Web site. Student Financial Services cannot answer questions in regard to payment by credit card.

To pay by credit card, follow the steps below:

1. Go to Student Services Online and log in with your child’s Columbia UNI and UNI password.
2. Click on 'Account Detail and E-Billing.'
3. Click on 'View E-Bill and Pay by E-Check' under E-Bill Information.
4. Click on 'Make Payment' in the left navigation bar, enter amount to pay, and select 'Credit Card' from the Payment Method drop-down box.
5. Continue to follow prompts to complete credit card transaction.

Please email if you have any questions about tuition payment.

Program Refund Policy

Students may withdraw from the program by the deadlines indicated below for a full refund, minus the nonrefundable deposit. To withdraw before the program has begun, email After the program has begun, you can withdraw by coming in person to the Admissions Office in Lewisohn Hall.

Withdrawal Deadlines

Session 1
Friday, June 26
Session 2
Friday, July 17

Important note: The Summer Program’s withdrawal deadlines differ from standard Columbia University deadlines. Please email if you have any questions about the program’s deadlines or policies.