Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Total

Direct Costs

Tuition 27,606 27,606 55,212
Medical Insurance 1,222 1,988 3,210
Health Service Fee 561 561 1,122
SIPA Computer Lab Fee 175 175 350
University Facilities Fee 496 496 992
Student Activity Fee 60 60 120
Total Direct Costs 30,120 30,886 61,006

ESTIMATED Indirect Costs

Room/Board 7,688 9,610 17,298
Books 500 500 1,000
Personal Expenses 1,727 2,160 3,887
Transportation 484 605 1,089
Total Indirect Costs 10,399 12,875 23,274


40,519 43,761 84,280

Additional Notes


International students must pay a $90 per semester International Students Fee as well as an additional $100 I-20 fee during their first semester of enrollment.  

A $105 Document Fee (formerly known as Transcript Fee) will be charged during all students' first semester of enrollment at Columbia University.

New students in the MPA-DP program are charged an additional $1,000 in their first term of enrollment, which contributes to the cost of the 12 week summer professional field placement, one week Getting Started Program, and 3 day MPA-DP retreat.

The total cost of attendance includes both direct and indirect costs. Direct costs are those charged by Columbia University. The tuition and fees indicated above are for the stated year only. Indirect costs are not billed by Columbia and reflect estimated living and miscellaneous expenses incurred by students for the 9-month academic year; yours may vary. Figures above do not include the costs of relocating to New York, if applicable. All tuition and fees assume full-time attendance; your costs may vary if you do not enroll full-time, and there are additional charges for enrollment in excess of 18 credits in a semester.  For information on billing and payments, please visit the University's Student Financial Services website.