Payment & Refund Policies

Enrolled Students | Fall 2022 & Spring 2023

Enrollment Deposit

In order to reserve your spot in the program, you should already have submitted a deposit along with your Enrollment Confirmation Form. A bill for the balance due will be issued to the student's Columbia University email address prior to the program’s start date. 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.

Program Cost Payment

A bill for the outstanding balance will be issued to the student’s Columbia University email account prior to the course start date 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 For additional information on costs, please visit the Program Cost page.

The program 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 your bill.

Program Withdrawal & Refund Policy

Please note, Immersion Program withdrawal policies and deadlines differ from standard Columbia University deadlines. Please email if you have any questions.

Withdrawal Policy & Deadlines

Students participating in an online program may withdraw with a full refund minus the non-refundable enrollment deposit if a withdrawal form is submitted by the deadlines indicated below.

Withdrawal Deadlines

Fall 2022
September 23, 11:59 PM ET
Spring 2023
January 20, 11:59 PM ET

To withdraw from the program, please email

Deferral Policy & Deadlines

Students should plan to enroll in the term for which they apply. However, admitted students who have deposited may submit a request to defer enrollment for a maximum of one semester with the permission of the Admissions Committee. Generally, requests are granted only for very compelling reasons. Reasons the Admissions Committee may consider include medical or family emergencies, or extraordinary opportunities. Students may only defer admission to the same program and modality. For example, a student who is admitted and deposited for the summer online immersion program may defer one semester and enroll in the fall online immersion program. This same student must reapply if they are interested in the fall on-campus program.

Deferral Deadlines

After the deadline has passed, students and parents/legal guardians are responsible for payment of the current semester.

Fall 2022
September 23, 11:59 PM ET
Spring 2023
January 20, 11:59 PM ET