Tuition & Fees

Visiting Student Tuition & Fees

The itemized estimate of the cost of attending Columbia Engineering per semester for the 2022-2023 academic year is as follows:


The above listed fees, prescribed by statute for each fall or spring term, are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Trustees.

University charges, such as tuition and fees, residence halls, and dining plans, are due and payable in full by the date announced before the beginning of each term. To check on an account balance, log in to Student Services Online (SSOL) or call 212-854-4400. A late payment penalty is assessed on payments received after the due date. ​

It is the policy of the University to withhold all University services, including registration, diplomas, and official transcripts, until all financial obligations have been met.

Columbia Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Premiums

Columbia Health Fee

Columbia Health services and programs are supported by the Columbia Health Fee.  All full-time students are required to pay the Columbia Health Fee.  Students who pay the fee can access the on-campus services provided by the departments of Columbia Health.

As stated above, the Columbia Health Fee is billed separately for each term. The periods of coverage and fees for 2023–2024 are as follows:

Student Health Insurance Premiums

The University policy also requires all registered full-time students to have acceptable health insurance coverage, in addition to on-campus programs and services provided by Columbia Health. Columbia University offers the Student Health Insurance Plan (Columbia Plan), which provides two levels of coverage for off-campus health care. The Columbia Plan is administered and underwritten by Aetna Student Health. As with all health insurance programs, there are limits and restrictions to the coverage provided by the Columbia Plan.

Full-time students are enrolled in the Columbia Plan and billed for the insurance premium as well as the Columbia Health Fee. 

Students who already have an alternate insurance plan that meets the University requirements may request a waiver from enrollment through Student Services Online (SSOL) before the deadline (September 30 for Fall enrollment; February 15 for Spring enrollment). All waiver requests are considered, but approval is not guaranteed.

Navigating the U.S. health care system can be complex. To help ensure that international students have access to the highest quality of care on- and off-campus Columbia University requires all international students to enroll in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan. Please contact the Student Health Insurance Team with any questions. They can be reached via [email protected], 212-854-3286, or by visiting the office on the 3rd floor of John Jay Hall.
The following rates currently apply.  Columbia Plan rates and benefits change annually.

Students who wish to enroll in the Columbia Plan should make an on-line enrollment selection on SSOL annually. For the current dates of the open enrollment period, visit

For detailed information about Columbia Health, the Student Health Insurance Plan, or submitting a waiver request, visit or call 212-854-2284.

Withdrawal and Adjustment of Fees

Withdrawal is defined as the dropping of one’s entire program in a given term as opposed to dropping a portion of one’s program.  Any student withdrawing from Columbia Engineering must notify the Center for Student Advising in writing; notification to instructors or failure to attend classes does not constitute an official withdrawal and will result in failing grades in all courses.

A student who withdraws is charged a withdrawal fee of $75. In addition, students will be charged a housing fee once they leave a university residence. The Columbia Health Fee, the Columbia Health Insurance Plan Premium, and all application fees, late fees, and other special fees are not refundable if the student withdraws after the first 30 days of classes, and any coverage remains in effect until the end of the term.

Any adjustment to the tuition that the student has paid is determined by the date of withdrawal. Students receiving financial aid are not entitled to any portion of a refund until all Title IV financial aid programs are credited and all outstanding charges have been paid.
Each term, students are required to register for a full program of courses (minimum of 12 points), by the end of the Change-of-Program period, i.e., by the end of the second week of classes.

Fall and Spring Term Tuition Refund Schedule
For the purposes of tuition proration, a week is defined as beginning on Monday and ending on Sunday. Also note that the official Change-of-Program period normally ends on a Friday.

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