These figures are the basis for determining financial aid eligibility, although individual student expenses may vary.
The Room and Board figure represents a first-year student living on campus for the full year. Room and Board for non-first year students is based on the standard room charge and Meal Plan B. Students not living on campus will have the same allowance for off-campus housing and meal expenses.
First-year and incoming transfer/combined plan students are charged one-time transcript and orientation fees totaling $615.
Columbia awards more than $200 million annually in scholarships and grants from all sources.
50% of Columbia students receive grants from Columbia and the average amount awarded is $62,850.
19% of Columbia’s undergraduates receive the Pell Grant, a Federal Grant reserved for the students with the highest need in the country.
Students are expected to borrow $0 to attend Columbia.
Students who receive work-study are able to earn wages during their academic year to help offset their expenses by working an average of 7 hours a week in an on-campus job.
The median income of families receiving Columbia Grant is $97,020, but many families who earn as much as $250,000 a year can qualify for financial aid.
Parents with calculated incomes below $66,000 a year and typical assets are expected to contribute $0 towards their children’s Columbia education.
Students from families with calculated incomes between $66,000 and $150,000 and typical assets are able to attend Columbia tuition-free.