A student's cost of attendance is always based on the student’s financial aid enrollment status and is constructed to allow the student a reasonable cost of living based on the amount of time a student will spend attending classes or completing academic activities. For a list of Columbia's direct costs, please review the tuition and fees page.
Note: because Columbia does not charge students a mandatory health insurance fee, the college is unable to include an allowance for health insurance costs as part of the standard cost of attendance construction.
Here is an estimated budget for students attending Columbia full-time during the 2022-23 academic year.
Undergraduate cost of attendance, full time, per semester (fall/spring)*
Fees (including estimated U-Pass)
Books and Supplies
Miscellaneous - An estimated amount of expenses for personal costs.
Room and board for students living with parents
Total for students living with parents
Room and board for students living without their parents
Total for students living without their parents
*Costs are per semester. These numbers show tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate students, including degree programs, certificate programs, and student-at-large. The costs above reflect 12-18 credit hours.
For students registered for fewer than 12 credit hours (for fall/spring semesters), please keep reading to review estimated budgets.