Program cost is subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.
Program Cost and Fees
Program Cost$4,400.00 per session
Activities Fee$65.00 per session
Covers online co-curricular programming.
Health Services Fee$25.00 per session
Application fee and course materials are not included in the program cost (see below).
Students are required to pay a nonrefundable $80.00 application fee. The $80 application fee is waived for students who apply by March 4th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
For most curricular options, students should budget approximately $50 for expenses such as text books and course materials. Some courses also require equipment or software 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 $500 deposit, credited toward the cost of the program, 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 late spring. 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 Withdrawal & Refund Policy
Please note, Immersion Program withdrawal policies and deadlines differ from standard Columbia University deadlines. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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.
To withdraw from the program, please email email@example.com.
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.
After the deadline has passed, students and parents/legal guardians are responsible for payment for the current semester.
Financial Aid Application Deadline: March 25, 2021
The financial aid deadline was extended to March 25. Students applying for financial aid must submit all documents by this date.
For Summer 2021, a limited number of need-based scholarships are available to residents of New York City. Awards equal to 50% of the program cost will be offered to students participating in the Summer Immersion Online 3-Week program.
Upon meeting the program and residence qualifications, applicants will have the ability to submit a formal financial aid application via the online application portal. Students who do not meet the minimum qualifications will not have access to the financial aid application.
Please note, scholarship funding is limited. Applications for financial aid will be reviewed on a first-completed, first-admitted basis. Upon admission to the program, applicants will receive a decision regarding their financial aid application
Students must have permanent residency in New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, or Queens).
Students must have permanent residency in New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, or Queens) and attend the program as a commuter student. Applicants that receive this need-based award may not combine it with additional financial aid granted through the School of Professional Studies (SPS) or a collaborating organization. Dependents of a Columbia University employee who are eligible for the Columbia University employee cost reduction program do not qualify for this need-based scholarship.
For those who do not meet the minimum qualifications, we advise students to speak with their school’s guidance counselor for information on how to search for financial aid and scholarship opportunities from outsides sources and organizations.
If an applicant meets the minimum program and residency qualifications, they are eligible to submit a formal financial aid application via the online application portal. Students who do not meet the minimum qualifications will not have access to the financial aid application.
All applications require formal documentation of their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) most recent tax return and W-2. Documentation for all parent(s)/legal guardian(s), regardless of marital status, is required. Both the custodial and non-custodial parent/legal guardian must submit the required materials. If either individual has remarried, the income from the new family unit must be reported in full. When reviewing for aid, information submitted from all parties will be considered.
Applicants will also be required to answer additional supplementary questions related to income and household information.
Applications will be considered incomplete if the required information is not received. Applications for financial aid will not be accepted after an admissions decision is rendered.
To access the online application portal please visit our Admissions page.
Program costs are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.