2021 Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs Analysis

UndergraduateGraduatePer Credit HourEarning After Graduation
For the academic year 2020-2021, the undergraduate tuition & fees at Columbia University is $60,532.
The undergraduate estimated tuition & fees for academic year 2021-2022 is $60,486.
The 2021 undergraduate tuition has been decreased by -0.08% from the previous year. On-campus living costs decreased by 12.33% from the previous year. Off-campus living costs increased by 2.33% from the previous year. Its undergraduate tuition and fees are a little bit higher than the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($56,731 - Private (not-for-profit) Research University (very high research activity)).
2020-2021 Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
YearTuition & FeesOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2019-2020$60,578$16,670
2020-2021$60,532$14,614
Change % 2020-2021-0.08%-12.33%
2021-2022$60,486$12,812
***Updated with 2021 tuition data from NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) . The estimated 2021-2022 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
For graduate school, the tuition and fees are $51,194 for the academic year 2020-2021.
The estimated graduate school tuition & fees is $52,450 for the academic year 2021-2022.
The 2021 undergraduate tuition has been decreased by -0.08% from the previous year. Its graduate tuition and fees are around the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($49,401 - Private (not-for-profit) Research University (very high research activity)).
2020-2021 Graduate Tuition & Fees
YearTuition & FeesOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2019-2020$49,968$16,670
2020-2021$51,194$14,614
Change % 2020-20212.45%-12.33%
2021-2022$52,450$12,812
***Updated with 2021 tuition data from NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) . The estimated 2021-2022 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
The below table describes the cost per credit hour for part-time students and/or full-time students who take additional courses more than regular credit hours at Columbia University.
Per Credit Hour Charge (2020-2021)
YearCost Per Credit Hour
Undergraduate2019-2020$1,896
2020-2021$1,896
2021-2022$1,896
Graduate2019-2020$1,880
2020-2021$1,974
2021-2022$2,073
The next table summarizes the average earning by years after graduation from the school. After 6 years of graduation, the mean earning is $77,900 and, after 10 years of graduation, the mean earning is $115,600 for Columbia University in the City of New York graduates.
Mean Earning After Graduation By Time
TotalMaleFemale
6 Years After Graduation$77,900$83,600$73,400
7 Years After Graduation$89,100--
8 Years After Graduation$95,500--
9 Years After Graduation$95,500--
10 Years After Graduation$115,600$138,700$96,500

Tuition & Fees for 4 Years

Tuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid

How Much is the tuition for 4 years at Columbia University?

For the students who were admitted in Fall 2021, the estimated tuition for 4 years is $265,189.
The estimation excludes the book, supplies, and living costs before receiving any financial aid. See the other tabs for estimating 4-year total costs of attendance and after financial aid. The next table shows the estimated 4-years tuition & fees for the next 5 admission years. The estimation is based on 4-years changes in tuition & fees at the school.
4 Years of Tuition & Fees
Admission YearFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2025Fall 2021$62,755$65,060$67,449$69,926$265,189
Class of 2026Fall 2022$65,060$67,449$69,926$72,494$274,928
Class of 2027Fall 2023$67,449$69,926$72,494$75,156$285,025
Class of 2028Fall 2024$69,926$72,494$75,156$77,916$295,492
Class of 2029Fall 2025$72,494$75,156$77,916$80,778$306,344
The table shows the 4-years estimation of total costs of attendance (COA). It includes the tuition & fees, books & supplies costs, room & board charges, and other living expenses.
For the students who were admitted in Fall 2021, the estimated 4-years COA is $326,314.
The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation for the next 5 admission years at Columbia University in the City of New York.
4 Years of Costs of Attendance
Admission YearFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2025Fall 2021$78,422$80,467$82,600$84,825$326,314
Class of 2026Fall 2022$80,467$82,600$84,825$87,145$335,037
Class of 2027Fall 2023$82,600$84,825$87,145$89,564$344,135
Class of 2028Fall 2024$84,825$87,145$89,564$92,085$353,620
Class of 2029Fall 2025$87,145$89,564$92,085$94,711$363,506
Last year, 60% of enrolled undergraduate students have received grants or scholarship aid. It includes any financial aid from the federal government, state, local, institute, and other sources known by the institution. It excludes federal/private student loans.
After receiving the financial aid, the net price for 4 years of attending the school is $159,306.
The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation with financial aid for the next 5 admission years at Columbia University in the City of New York.
4 Years Costs of attendance after Financial Aid
Admission YearFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2025Fall 2021$36,670$38,715$40,848$43,073$159,306
Class of 2026Fall 2022$38,715$40,848$43,073$45,393$168,029
Class of 2027Fall 2023$40,848$43,073$45,393$47,812$177,127
Class of 2028Fall 2024$43,073$45,393$47,812$50,333$186,612
Class of 2029Fall 2025$45,393$47,812$50,333$52,959$196,498

2021 Tuition, Fees, and Living Cost Tables and Charts

Next tables and charts illustrate the 2021 tuition, fees, books & supplies, and living costs in detail. We provide the previous 5 years' costs so that you can check the increased amounts of each cost item and estimate future year costs. In addition, you can check the financial aid amount including grant, scholarship, and federal student loans for the last five years. Use the left menu to explore the tuition and college costs information at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Tuition & Fees | Financial Aid
Columbia University in the City of New York 2021 Costs of Attendance
Tuition & FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs
Undergraduate$60,532$1,318 $14,614
Graduate$51,194 $1,318$14,614


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