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Tuition, Fees and Other Costs

Estimated Cost of Attendance 2015/2016

  Fall 2015 Spring 2016 TOTAL
Direct Costs:      
Tuition* 14,400 14,400 28,800
SIPA Computer Lab Fee 165 165 330
University Facilities Fee 211 211 422
Student Activity Fee 55 55 110
Total Direct Costs 14,831 14,831 29,662
Indirect Costs:      
Room/Board 7,530 9,413 16,943
Books 500 500 1,000
Personal Expenses 1,692 2,116 3,808
Transportation 466 582 1,048
Total Indirect Costs 10,188 12,611 22,799
TOTAL 25,019 27,442 52,461

* EMPA students are charged tuition at a rate of $1,600 per credit. The example above assumes 9 credits per semester; actual tuition charges will vary depending on students' individual courseloads.  International students should add $60 per semester for the International Student Services Fee.  Full time students (12 or more credits in a semester) will be charged additional fees for Health Services and Health Insurance, as well as higher Facilities Fees.  You can click on a tab for one of the other programs above to learn more about the costs of those fees.

A $105 Document Fee (formerly known as Transcript Fee) will be charged during each student's first semester at Columbia University.

Students enrolled in the Global EMPA program who began their studies prior to the fall 2015 semester will be charged tuition at the rate of $1,490 per credit; those who begin during the 2015/16 academic year will be charged tuition at the rate of $1,600 per credit.  Global EMPA students are not charged the SIPA Computer Lab Fee, the University Facilities Fee or the Student Activity Fee.  These fee waivers only apply to the Global EMPA program.

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 during 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.  For information on billing and payments, please visit the University's Student Financial Services website.

Note that continuing EMPA students may also elect to attend during the summer 2015 term.  Costs for tuition are identical to those of the fall and spring terms, at $1,600 per credit, the Computer Lab, Facilities and Student Activity fees apply, and indirect expenses other than textbooks are pro-rated for a 3 month period.  The estimated textbook costs for the summer are the same as other terms.


For information on 2014/15 costs, please click here.