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Columbia University in the City of New York Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$69,700 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$52,478 tuition
$13,244 on campus room & board
$1,400 books and supplies
$2,578 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$69,700 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$52,478 tuition
$13,244 on campus room & board
$1,400 books and supplies
$2,578 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Colleges like Columbia University in the City of New York are working hard to make tuition affordable to deserving students.

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Average Aid

$43,750 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
57% of students receive aid
18% get federal aid ($6,613 avg)
8% get state aid ($4,236 avg)
52% get institn'l aid ($43,750 avg)
13% get loans ($8,978 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.86% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.86% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $46,127 53%
Federal Grant Aid $6,613 18%
Pell Grants $4,649 17%
Other Federal Grants $3,841 9%
Institution Grant Aid $43,750 52%
State Grant Aid $4,236 8%
Student Loans $8,978 13%
Federal Loans $5,698 11%
Other Loans $19,774 2%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$1,000 R
- R
$2,000 R
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: -
Financial aid deadline: March 1
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: April 1
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Does Columbia University in the City of New York offer...
Prepaid Tuition Plan? Yes
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
West 116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-1754
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,692
Out of State $1,692


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Alexander
  • I am a past student here

    Great if you qualify for financial aid, which is a lot of students.

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  • 4
  • Nathan from Cincinnati, OH
  • I am a current student here

    Columbia is more expensive than comparable institutions, because Manhattan is more expensive than the cities where comparable institutions are located. However, financial aid is very good. Many people say that Columbia turned out to be their cheapest option after financial aid. But the sticker price is higher, and all financial aid is need based. That is the buck. The bang cannot be overstated.

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  • 5
  • Zoe from Enfield, CT
  • I am a current student here

    Columbia is expensive. So is New York. For a college that not only guarantees a full four years of housing, but also is committed to expansive financial aid policies, Columbia is worth every penny. The system for paying them those pennies, though, is terrible. However, the financial aid department is friendly and easy to communicate with.

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  • 5
  • Esther from Bowie, MD
  • I am a current student here

    New York City, especially Manhattan, is known for being very expensive, but the benefits of being a Columbia student can be found at the TIC (Ticket and Information Center) and their website at, where students can access discounts to museums, Broadway shows, and other attractions in the city.

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  • 3
  • Marissa from Brooklyn, NY
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Depends what area of social work your going for and what you want to do. For me it fit even though it is expensive but in the long run,I believe it is a good investment considering any grade school will burn a hole I'm your pocket, just done more than others.

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