Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Total

Direct Costs

Tuition 26,518 26,518 53,036
Medical Insurance 1,139 1,852 2,991
Health Service Fee 541 541 1,082
SIPA Computer Lab Fee 175 175 350
University Facilities Fee 480 480 960
Student Activity Fee 60 60 120
Total Direct Costs 28,913 29,626 58,539

Indirect Costs

Room/Board 7,562 9,452 17,014
Books 500 500 1,000
Personal Expenses 1,699 2,125 3,824
Transportation 484 605 1,089
Total Indirect Costs 10,245 12,682 22,927


39,158 42,308 81,466

Additional Notes

International students must pay an $70 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. All figures above assume full-time attendance, and 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.