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Tuition, Fees and Other Costs

Estimated Cost of Attendance 2017/2018

 Fall 2017Spring 2018TOTAL
SIPA Computer Lab Fee175175350
University Facilities Fee230230460
Student Activity Fee6060120
Total Direct Costs16,35916,35932,718
Indirect Costs:   
Personal Expenses1,6992,1253,824
Total Indirect Costs10,24512,68222,927


* EMPA students are charged tuition at a rate of $1,766 per credit. The example above assumes 9 credits per semester; actual tuition charges will vary depending on students' individual courseloads.  Full time students (12 or more credits in a semester) will be charged additional fees for 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.  All international students are charged an $80 International Student Fee each semester as well as an additional $100 I-20 fee during their first semester of enrollment at Columbia.

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, and those who begin in 2016/17 will be charged $1,682 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. 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 2017 term.  Costs for tuition are identical to those of the fall and spring terms, at $1,766 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.