Payment & Refund Policies

Enrolled Students | Summer 2022

Enrollment Deposit

In order to reserve your spot in the program, you should already have submitted a non-refundable deposit along with your Enrollment Confirmation Form. A bill for the balance due will be issued to the student's Columbia University email address in late spring. Students are required to pay for the full program cost before the start of the program. 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 in late spring and will indicate the deadline by which to remit payment. Students are required to pay for the full program cost before the start of the program. 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 3-Week Residential, 3-Week Commuter and 1-Week Commuter courses can be found on the Program Costs section of our website.

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 website. Student Financial Services cannot answer questions in regard to payment by credit card.

Authorize a Parent or Guardian as an Authorized Payer

If a parent or other family member is responsible for your bill, you will need to set them up as an Authorized Payer. Federal privacy regulations limit the access of other people, including family members, to the student account. For parents or other members of a student's family to see and pay the monthly E-Bill, the student needs to set them up as an Authorized Payer.

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 the 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 hsp-admit@columbia.edu if you have any questions about your bill.

Program Withdrawal & Refund Policy

Please note, Immersion Program withdrawal and deferral policies differ from standard Columbia University deadlines. Please email hsp-admit@columbia.edu 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 for Commuter Students

Session 1
June 26, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
 
Session 2
July 18, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
 
Session 3
August 7, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Withdrawal Deadlines for Residential Students

Session 1
June 26, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
 
Session 2
July 18, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
 

To withdraw from the program, please email hsp-admit@columbia.edu.


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 for Commuter Students

Session 1
June 26, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
 
Session 2
July 18, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
 
Session 3
August 7, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Deferral Deadlines for Residential Students

Session 1
June 26, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
 
Session 2
July 18, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
 

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


Notice about COVID-19 and Refunds

We understand the heightened concerns families have surrounding COVID-19. The University is committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and has taken extensive measures to ensure the health and safety of the Columbia community. Students who test positive during their residential program will be required to quarantine, and during that period will participate in the program virtually. Commuter students who test positive will also have the ability to participate virtually during their quarantine period. All refund requests will be reviewed and subject to the existing refund policy.