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What is the cost of attending Columbia University?

Hey everyone, I'm thinking of applying to Columbia University and I'd like to know more about the cost of attendance. What should I expect in terms of tuition, room and board, and other fees? I know it's an Ivy League school, so any insight into financial aid possibilities would also be helpful. Thanks!

a month ago

Hi there! Columbia University, like other Ivy League schools, can have quite a high sticker price, but their robust financial aid program can help many students offset the costs. For the 2024-2025 academic year, the overall estimated cost of attendance is as follows:

- Tuition: $68,400

- Mandatory Fees: $645

- Room and Board: $16,800

- Books and Personal Expenses: $3,742

These figures add up to a total estimated cost of attendance of $89,587 per academic year. Keep in mind that these costs are approximate and may vary depending on individual circumstances.

Columbia has a need-based financial aid policy, which means the university will create a financial aid package for you based on your family's financial standing. Columbia meets 100% of demonstrated need with no loans in the financial aid package. They use a combination of grants, work-study opportunities, and scholarships to ensure that cost is not a barrier for students with financial need.

To apply for financial aid, you should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the CSS Profile. Columbia also requires a few additional forms like tax returns and W-2 statements. Be sure to submit these before the deadline for the application round you choose (Early Decision or Regular Decision). Additionally, Columbia is need-blind for US citizens, permanent residents, and eligible non-citizens, meaning your financial need will not be a factor in your admissions decision.

Lastly, outside scholarships can also help you cover the expenses of attending Columbia. Keep an eye out for local and national scholarships from organizations, foundations, and companies, which can add up and make a significant difference in covering the cost of your education.

Best of luck with your application to Columbia University!

a month ago

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