3-Week Commuter

Detailed breakdown of costs

University fees are not yet finalized for Summer 2023. The below-listed fees are from the previous term. Tuition and fees are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees and may change.

Program Costs

Program Cost

$6,300.00 per session

See cost breakdown

Program Fee$6,100.00 per session

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$100.00 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.

Technology Fee$35.00 per term


Application fee, course fees, and course materials are not included in the program cost (see below).

Application Fee

Students 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

See all course-specific fees

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

Experiencing Theatre in New York$550.00

Explorations in Genetics and Molecular Biology$150.00

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

Conservation Biology and Sustainability: Preserving our Planet$150.00

New York Experienced: An Urban Case Study$100.00

Painting Fundamentals: 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.


To secure a place in the program, a $1,000.00 non-refundable deposit is due upon notification of acceptance to the program. Students participating in multiple sessions pay an additional deposit for each session they plan to attend. The deposit will be credited toward the program cost and reflect in the final program bill - it is not an additional fee.

Bill Payment

A bill for the balance due will be issued to the student's Columbia University email address prior to 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 costs are expected to be paid in full for the student to be eligible to participate.

Program Withdrawal & Refund Policy

Please note, Immersion Program withdrawal policies and deadlines differ from standard Columbia University deadlines. Please email hsp-admit@columbia.edu if you have any questions.

Withdrawal Policy & Deadlines for Commuter Students

Students 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 25, 2023 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
Session 2
July 17, 2023 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

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

Deferral Policy & Deadlines for Commuter Students

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 following term. For example, a student who is admitted and deposited for a summer program may only defer one semester and enroll in the fall term. This same student must reapply if they are interested in a spring program.

Deferral Deadlines for Commuter Students

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

Session 1
June 25, 2023 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
Session 2
July 17, 2023 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

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.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application Deadline: March 3, 2023

For Summer 2023, 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: New York City (3-Week) program.

Scholarships are not available to students joining our 1-Week program.

Upon meeting the minimum 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). 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 partner 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.

Application Process

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.